People power is working as conversation by conversation, video by video, this government is being shown up for what it is, and the people are not only just identifying problems, but coming up with solutions.
Congratulations to all the valiant WestCONnex protestors. Never Give Up!
At 9:44pm, Australia was the closest to the sun it will be all year. The longest day of the year. At this time its good to notice that our lives are ultimately governed by the natural and physical laws of the universe and nature. We are products of and part of nature and the universe. Whatever you believe in, we cannot survive without nature, trees and animals. Why wouldn’t we want to save them?
Wishing you and your friends and family and indeed to all of our brothers and sisters around the globe much love, peace, and creative inspiration for a beautiful and fulfilling 2017 and the years to come.
Thankyou for being part of the journey to save our trees and animals.
Message from Penny Sharpe MLC to the Save the Trees and Animals Rally
Thank you all for attending today’s rally for our trees and animals, and while I cannot be there in person I want to send you this message.
I am proud to support today’s rally on behalf of the New South Wales Labor Opposition, because what has happened to our treasured heritage trees along Anzac Parade, and indeed across our city, is nothing short of environmental vandalism.
The worst thing about the destruction of these trees is that it is simply unnecessary. On Anzac Parade for example, proper and considered planning would ensure that we could build light rail and keep our precious trees.
But the fact is, the Government has terrible form when it comes to dealing with trees – whether it is the 10/50 laws where thousands of trees were torn down so that people could improve their views; or the return to broadscale land clearing thanks to the Government’s so-called biodiversity laws; whether it is the watering down of environmental protections for public land owned by all of us, Crown land; or the recent ripping up of threatened ironbark forest to build a temporary carpark for the WestConnex project.
The government of Mike Baird is nothing if not committed to destroying the natural environment of New South Wales.
At a time when we know there are more than 1,000 species threatened with extinction in New South Wales, the best thing we can do to stem that tide is to keep the habitat we have left – whether it’s in the city, the country, or along the coast, it doesn’t matter: preserving habitat is essential.
Across Sydney, trees in urban settings play so many roles – they provide vital habitat for native species; their cooling effect keeps city temperatures down as the effects of climate change grow; they help to purify the air we breathe; and as we’ve seen with the loss of the Anzac Parade trees, they are a part of our community heritage and wellbeing.
This government has thrown all of that out the window.
Labor will stand with the community to protect out trees, protect the habitat of our native species, and fight for a healthy environment now and for the future.
Thankyou to everyone for helping us try and save the trees and animals this year! All the happiest and best wishes to you and your family for the festive season. Tomorrow is the longest and shortest day of the year. We look forward to a happier 2017
Unfortunately, here in Sydney, Australia, the Baird and Turnbull Liberal Governments and their supporters will be killing hundreds and hundreds more Inner Sydney Shade Trees over this Christmas and New Year Period. Right on our doorstep near the Sydney Opera House they will be killing trees and animals!
What can we do? Come up with a plan to save our trees and animals.
Phone the Premier, Mr Michael Bruce Baird on (02) 8574 5000 and ask him in the spirit of Christmas to save our beautiful Sydney Shade Trees and the endangered animals that live in them.
Call the Prime Minister, Mr Malcolm Turnbull on (02) 6277 7700 and ask him if he will spare killing our trees and animals this Christmas.
We don’t know why our fellow country men and women keep killing our trees and animals, we just wish they wouldn’t. And, as they appear to be Christian Men, we offer these quotes from the last 4 popes about the need to save our trees and animals. We hope and pray that they will find a peace in their hearts that will end this destruction and we appeal to their families and those close to them, to help them find a better way in 2017.
The spiritual case for looking after our environment
1/1/1990 POPE JOHN PAUL II
“In our day, there is a growing awareness that world peace is threatened not only by the arms race, regional conflicts and continued injustices among peoples and nations, but also by a lack of due respect for nature, by the plundering of natural resources and by a progressive decline of the quality of life. The sense of precariousness and insecurity that such a situation engenders is a seedbed for collective selfishness, disregard for others and dishonesty.”
1/1/2010 POPE BENEDICT
IF YOU WANT TO CULTIVATE PEACE, PROTECT CREATION
Yet no less troubling are the threats arising from the neglect – if not downright misuse – of the earth and the natural goods that God has given us. For this reason, it is imperative that mankind renew and strengthen “that covenant between human beings and the environment, which should mirror the creative love of God, from whom we come and towards whom we are journeying”
1/1/2014 POPE FRANCIS
Globalisation, as Benedict XVI pointed out, makes us neighbours, but does not make us brothers. The many situations of inequality, poverty and injustice, are signs not only of a profound lack of fraternity, but also of the absence of a culture of solidarity. New ideologies, characterised by rampant individualism, egocentrism and materialistic consumerism, weaken social bonds, fuelling that “throw away” mentality which leads to contempt for, and the abandonment of, the weakest and those considered “useless”.
1/1/2016 POPE FRANCIS
Here I would mention the efforts to bring world leaders together at COP21 in the search for new ways to confront climate change and to protect the earth, our common home. We can also think of two earlier global events: the Addis Ababa Summit for funding sustainable development worldwide and the adoption of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
John Bellamy is more likely found in the theatre than in the streets, but in the last year he has turned into a fulltime activist. Mr Bellamy was a musical composer and occasional usher at the Sydney Opera House before a negative experience with Sydney’s public transport ignited a streak of activism.
“It all started when my bus was cancelled to the city and I realised it would take twenty minutes longer catching the slowest light rail in the world, and catch it with three hundred and thirty other people. I thought, that’s really dumb,” he said.
“I’m a solutions kind of guy so I came up with a solution to save $2bn by putting the rail underground and electrifying buses. Unfortunately the minister didn’t want to know about it. I thought nothing more of it until I saw a massive Morton Bay fig tree like the one we see here today torn down in front of my eyes in January this year,” he told City Hub.
It was then that Mr Bellamy started his own environmental activist group called Save the Trees and Animals Campaign. Now in its second month of existence the group held its first rally on Sunday at Belmore Park, opposite Central Station. In spite of the small turnout the attendees and speakers were enthusiastic in their support to save Sydney’s trees and animals.
Emma Maiden of Unions New South Wales spoke at the event.
“Despite the turnout I hope you don’t see this as indicative of community sentiment,” she said.
Support for the new group is shared by other well-established action groups across Sydney.
Andrew Chuter is a representative of No WestConnex: Public Transport not Motorways. He told City Hub that his group’s opposition to WestConnex was directly related to the saving of Sydney’s trees.
“Just two months ago Westconnex bulldozed two hectares of critically endangered Cooks River ironbark forest in Kingsgrove. That two hectares is now a carpark and turning circle for construction vehicles,” he said.
Mr Chuter insisted to the few assembled that they remain hopeful about the future.
“You can fight back. When we heard tree clearing was coming to Sydney Park we banded together and set up a camp in the corner of Sydney Park. We linked arms around the area they fenced off and the police had to drag us off one by one,” he said.
The message of grassroots action and community solidarity was echoed in Mr Bellamy’s speech.
“The only thing that can save Sydney’s tress and animals is you. We believe that as early as tonight, and over these Christmas holidays, the government intends to kill a further 1,500 Sydney trees, including the ones behind you here on Eddy Avenue. The only thing that will stop this is people power. This is the only way we will save our trees and save our animals.”
Mr Bellamy is confident that the group’s message will resonate with the community.
“We’re not going to shut up until Mike Baird gets the message. What starts with a few people, becomes a flood. Unless you take action, nothing changes. You can never give up.”
The group is scheduled to fight the continued felling of tress across Sydney well into the new year.