Aired on 2SER 23rd April 2009
Download here: Ep. 52. World Nuclear Fuel Conference, false solutions, Global CCS Institute and more
World Nuclear Fuel Conference and NT Waste Dump
The World Nuclear Fuel Conference is being held in Sydney this week. This gathering of the international nuclear industry includes the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, the Australian Uranium Association, Energy Resources Australia and many more national and international companies.
Yesterday morning 50 people took part in protest outside the hotel in Sydney’s CBD where the conference was underway. The protest was mainly to communicate the strong resistance to a national nuclear waste dump in the NT. This anti-dump campaign is being led by Indigenous Traditional Owners from each of the 4 proposed sites and has a growing numbers of non-indigenous supporters.
Rachel and Hannah caught up with Dianne Stokes, a traditional land owner of the Yappa Yappa group of the Muckaty land trust in Northern Territory.
An informative summary of false solutions to climate change that are put forward by polluting industries. Topics covered include nuclear energy, market mechaniss and biofuels, all of which dramatically fuel climate injustices. This story was put together by Mercedes from Real World Radio. Real World Radio is a a multilingual radio on the web, functioning through environmental group Friends of the Earth International. Visit
Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute
Last Thursday saw the opening of the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute, which aims to assist in the commercialisation of 20 CCS plants by 2020. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd stated that Australia has a 'national and shared global responsibility' to develop viable carbon capture and storage technologies. However as this technology remains unproven, it is unclear why this focus is so necessary when money could be spent on more viable renewable energy solutions.
Greenpeace climate and energy campaigner Simon Roz spoke with the Third Degree's Libby King
Bulladelah Corroborree this Friday 24th to Saturday 26th April): Invitation for both Aboriginal and non Aboriginal people to participate in a Corroboree with the traditional custodians of the Worimi Nation at the Alum Mountain, Bulahdelah NSW (located between Newcastle and Taree). The Alum Mountain Bulahdelah is a very significant Aboriginal Sacred Site and the(Roads and Traffic Authority) are planning to construct a six lane plus highway through this Sacred Place. Please come along to this gathering to further protect it from destruction from the RTA. Ceremonies, Story Telling, Walks and Camping.
East Gippsland Forest Skillshare this Friday 24th to Saturday 26th April: With a moratorium still preventing logging at Brown Mountain old growth forest in East Gippsland, logging is now taking place nearby at Upper Delegate River, though the site has been found to be significant habitat for endangered gliders. Blockading has commenced to try and stop the illegal logging of this habitat. Come to East Gippsland this weekend to learn campaign and direct action skills, hear about the history of the area and the ongoing campaign to save the last 8% of our old growth
Peace Festival: This Friday, 24th April, one of Australia’s greatest peace poets Denis Kevans will be honoured at the inaugural Peace Festival. Come along to Leichardt Town Hall for the Peace Film Festival, art exhibition and evening concert.
Columbia Open Forum: The Latin American Solidarity Network (lasnet) is launching a solidarity campaign with social movements in Columbia. Hear interviews with indigenous and union activists. Tonight at 7:30 at the Uniting Church 251 High St, Northcote. More info: www.latinlasnet.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org Stay tuned to 3rd degree for a reportback story in the next few weeks.
Presenters: Tessa Dowdell and Libby King