I am recycling a post I just copied to the discussion on National dates for May, but it is more on this theme of actions and messaging that expand the debate and gain more traction and engagement from outside the environment and social justice communities.
I suggest one option is to engage in an economic debate and call out the current government on their economic and financial mismanagement associated with their current and previous policy position and general poor judgement. Others are already raising this line of debate, Robert Holmes aCourt, Mike Cannon-Brooks, the Reserve Bank Governor, John Garnaut, John Hewson [former leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party], Malcolm Turnbull [former LNP Australian Prime Minister and leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party], even that guy from Married at First Site [or is it The Bachelor?] the one who used to co-host Australian Idol. Anyway this thing -
The Sydney Morning Herald – 13 Feb 20
Stricter climate rules and plummeting renewable costs will sweep away much of the old global economic order, with fossil states from the Middle East to Russia heading towards social collapse and insolvency.
Where the coal and fossil fuel markets are facing “creative destruction” of epic proportions, as renewables are now cheaper in terms of cost of output. The asset base under-pinning it and the residual share price of associated companies is headed for significant declines in the short to medium term.
I’m keen to see more pressure on the Public Sector Superannuation funds to divest [CSS, PSS and whatever the State Ones are]. Also the Future Fund and also the not for profit Industry Funds. There is already divestment occurring from University endowment funds and private equity, along with a growing number of banks no longer willing to underwrite or supply loans.
I’m trying to get the suggestion up to the Strategy discussions about focusing May 2020 actions in Australia on Government locations in major Capitals.
Sydney, Reserve Bank. 65 Martin Place, Sydney, New South Wales,
Melbourne, Future Fund, unable to find street address of headquarters. But find these people -
Any thoughts on an equivalent Adelaide location?
Canberra has the offices of the Trustee for the CSS and PSS funds.
I think promoting and engaging in a conversation about financial and economic risk and threat would find a very receptive, self-interested and powerful demographic to apply impetuous for change.
As a side note on you reference to Green New Deal, Australia has never had a New Deal [the was a US program] a more suitable term might be Green Accord. But, I don’t think Green is right either, especially as it is name register to a specific political party. Energy Accord? Energy Transition Accord?
Climate Emergency Accord!