SOLAR PANEL BULK BUY by the City of Port Phillip
Port Phillip Council is conducting a Solar Panel Bulk Buy campaign. A Solar Panel Bulk Buy provides a safe, simple and economic way to install solar panels on your roof. Solar panels will lower your electricity bill. Port Phillip Mayor, Bernadene Voss, has sent this letter of endorsement to owner/occupiers of homes in Port Phillip. If you would like to know more phone Positive Charge on 9385 8555  or obtain an obligation-free quote by signing up at Note that people who don’t live in Port Phillip can still participate in the Port Phillip Bulk Buy.

WHAT LIES BENEATH – The Understatement of Climate Risks, by David Spratt & Ian Dunlop
Human-induced climate change is an existential risk to human civilisation, yet the vast majority of climate research understates climate risks and preferences conservative projections. Reports from the IPCC, that are crucial to climate policymaking and informing public narrative, are increasingly characterised by scientific reticence, paying limited attention to lower-probability, high-risk events that are becoming increasingly likely. This latest Breakthrough report “What Lies Beneath” argues for an urgent reframing of scientific research for necessary action on climate change.

Why are the crucial questions about Hurricane Harvey not being asked?
George Monbiot, The Guardian
“This is a manmade climate-related disaster. To ignore this ensures our greatest challenge goes unanswered and helps push the world towards catastrophe.”
George Monbiot is a British writer known for his environmental and political activism. He writes a weekly column for The Guardian. His website contains over 1,500 of his articles.

Proposed charity changes a ‘torpedo’ to environmental groups, Bob Brown says
The Federal Government denies it is trying to silence environmental activists, as prominent voices in the environment and charities sectors speak out against a series of regulatory changes. that could “end environmental activism in Australia”.

13 U.S. Cities Defy Trump by Posting Deleted Climate Data
Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch
More than one dozen U.S. cities have banded together to post deleted climate change information and research from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) website that was notoriously scrubbed by the Trump Administration.

Is There Any Point to Protesting?
Nathan Heller, The New Yorker
We turn out in the streets and nothing seems to happen. Maybe we’re doing it wrong.
Is protest a productive use of our political attention? Or is it just a bit of social theatre we perform to make ourselves feel virtuous, useful, and in the right?

Obama’s anti-racism tweet after Charlottesville is most liked ever on Twitter
More than 3 million people have endorsed the tweet, which quoted Nelson Mandela, after far-right rally in which woman was killed

Seas of Plastic
TED Talk
Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he’s drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas.

The Tesla Model 3 Is More Than an Electric Car―It’s a Landmark in Automotive History
Jack Stewart, Wired Magazine
In the USA the first Tesla Model 3 electric cars are delivered on 28 July 2017.

Does buying Naomi Klein’s books really prove you’re a better kind of person?
Tim Stanley, Brisbane Times
When I was at university, everyone had a copy of No Logo by Naomi Klein. It spoke to the times. By 2000, capitalism was victorious. Consumerism made the free market seem cool, even compassionate; Bill Clinton and Tony Blair brought the left on board. ….

How Climate Change Denial Threatens National Security
Nick Stockton, Science Reporter, WIRED
Last week, military officials described how climate change would escalate instability across the globe and make it harder for the US military to conduct its operations.

Four ways to curb our addiction to plastic
Kate Torgovnick May, IDEAS.TED.COM
Not all plastic is evil, but our world could probably do with a whole lot less of it. Check out these great ideas — from a googly-eyed trash catcher to a styrofoam substitute made from mushrooms — and learn some small steps you can take right now.

The Case for More Science and Philosophy Books for Children
Massimo Pigliucci, Nautilus
It is very difficult to change the mindset of adult human beings, fraught as we are with all sorts of cognitive biases that entrench our pre-existing beliefs, inoculating them from any challenging argument or inconvenient truth. The result is an adult population, for instance in the United States, where 42 percent of responders to a survey from the National Science Foundation say astrology is “sort of” or “very” scientific.

Philosophy for Children
Philosophy for Children, sometimes abbreviated to P4C, is a movement that aims to teach reasoning and argumentative skills to children. There are also related methods sometimes called “Philosophy for Young People” or “Philosophy for Kids”. Google Search

Talking About Climate Change with Al Gore
Coral Davenport, The New York Times
In a TimesTalks conversation in New York, Coral Davenport spoke with Al Gore about what went through his mind when Donald Trump made his Paris announcement that the USA would withdraw from the 2015 Paris Climate Accord. This one hour video interview explains how Al Gore thinks USA climate policy will effect the 21st century.

Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals
Martin Lukacs, The Guardian
Stop obsessing with how personally green you live – and start collectively taking on corporate power. Would you advise someone to flap towels in a burning house? To bring a flyswatter to a gunfight? Yet the counsel we hear on climate change could scarcely be more out of sync with the nature of the crisis.

The Uninhabitable Earth
David Wallace-Wells, New York Magazine
Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think.

Globalisation: the rise and fall of an idea that swept the world
Nikil Saval, The Guardian
It’s not just a populist backlash – many economists who once swore by free trade have changed their minds, too. How had they got it so wrong?

Government’s letter to conservation groups has ominous implications
Lenore Taylor, The Guardian
The environment department has recently begun sending letters to conservation groups registered as eligible for tax deductible donations, as they do every year. But this year the correspondence is different, in a disturbing way.

Five Takeaways for Success
Vanessa Van Edwards, Science of People
How do some people achieve extraordinary levels of success when pursuing their passions while others chase their dreams but never reach any finish lines?

Coles and Woolworths to phase out Plastic Bags
By Michael Dulaney (ABC News)
Supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths have announced plans to phase out single-use plastic bags by 30 June 2018. But what about all the other stores? Australia still has three premiers who are burying their heads in the sand.

Five Lessons Most People Learn Way Too Late in Life
Alyssa Satara, Inc.
Your good times are temporary and your bad times are temporary. So when you’re up, enjoy it, bask in it, and be grateful for it. And when you’re down, know you will get through it. Know that it’s not the end, and that it’s just a rough patch. Life is full of twists and turns, ups and downs, and surprises.

Are You Ready To Consider That Capitalism Is The Real Problem?
Jason Hickel & Martin Kirk, Fast Company
Before you say no, take a moment to really ask yourself whether it’s the system that’s best suited to build our future society.