Archive for the ‘Environmental Advocacy’ Category

Bluecray Environmental Search Engine

October 9, 2009

Searching for Environmental Information, such as biodiversity, threatened species, water, current news, habitat clearing, sustainable development issues, climate change information, environmental educational resources and inspiration for environmentally sustainable living?

Bluecray has recently updated its search engines and has created an ENVIRONMENTAL SEARCH ENGINE for use. It is geared particularly for the Mt Warning Caldera Region, NE NSW and SE Qld, Australia, but also includes Australian and Global internet resources.

It  may be a starting point to help you findwhat you are looking for.

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Phantom Koala and the Long and Short of Corporate Vision

October 5, 2009

Corporate Leadership and Koalas : search results at bluecray Environmental Search

Tweed Shire Koala Populations at candobetter.org – and some more updates about the threat from corporate myopia and Koala Populations HERE .

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The “Koala” is not just an ICON.

Koala Icon QLD : bluecray Environmental Search results .

Koala Icon NSW : bluecray Environmental Search results .

“Truth and Consequences” at Daniel Goleman’s website : Ecological Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence

In the following Koala Poem about Corporate Vision, Phantom Koala muses that the current vision is extremely MYOPIC. Land is cleared,  bargains are made and more Koala Habitat is lost. PK is waiting for Corporate Leadership to take the helm. Unfortunately, all he sees is self seeking gamesmanship, ego and deceit in many directions. Luckily, he has some good friends all around the world, and with his family and friends, he climbs up high to “see”…..
…………….corporate myopia

Phantom Koala does disappearance good
His developer enemies wish that he would
stop as a threat(ened), so their work can go on
now their money is dwindling ,  their wish list so long

They’ve complied with the standard of EIS, so –
why does the nod from the government slow?
And why does their sleep seem to toss turn and wake
they’ve paid their donations what more does it take?

Well PK’s protected. Their money can’t buy
his spirit or habit(at) since their money’s a lie.
And lies based on ego and greed and defense
are valued below more than just a few cents.

While PK’s dear forest friends rally to hear
how corporate greed is now seen by this seer
(This hero who travels through corporate land
and watches and listens to their hollow stand)

Ah –  there’s none oh so blind as as those that can see
yet miss this Koala who’s high in his tree.
And there’s none oh so blind as developers who
circle like madmen yet deny what they knew.

They vow that they’ll see all their money can buy
but PK and his friends see their actions so sly
PK has their myopic sights right in his frame
and sees on their shoulders all of the blame

For his dear friends’ home losses their habitats ‘dozed
And who’s sleeping well now this myth is near closed?
It’s PK and family and friends sitting high
above tree tops of love so they’ll always see “why”.

Phantom Koala (PK) wonders why, for all the badge selling, tracking and monitoring, big furry- suited people with tins and volumes of papers and documents, no corporation has stopped the great destruction of Koala Habitat in SE QLD and NE NSW. PK knows that he has Corporate Friends. PK also knows that the “Koala” is not just an ICON.

Native vegetation clearance, habitat loss and biodiversity decline – An overview of recent native vegetation clearance in Australia and its implications for biodiversity – references and CONTENTS . what was known back in 1995 . (Biodiversity Series, Paper No. 6 Andreas Glanznig, Biodiversity Unit Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, June 1995) at Australian Dept. of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts

PK Crossing Road on Tweed Coast, NE NSW, Australia

PK Crossing Road on Tweed Coast, NE NSW, Australia

Development on the Tweed Coast of NE NSW, in the Mt Warning Caldera Region of Australia is an example of Corporate Myopia

Australian Science at Work– some archived articles here that may be of interest

The Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts . and their Threatened Species Publications .

Urban Taskforce : and their Mission Statement…..

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Australia’s Threatened Species at the Australian Academy of Science .

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“Rescuing Remnants” at the National Library of Australia online .

Threatened remnant vegetation – search results at bluecray Environmental Search

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Kings Forest – some bluecray updates

September 11, 2009

Kings Forest, on the Tweed Coast of NE NSW and information relating to the Kings Forest Development can be searched for,  using the bluecray customised search engine HERE. The Director-General of the NSW State Government  Department of Planning has set out requirements for this State Significant site , and these requirements can be found by clicking HERE.

Alternatively, you can try out bluecray.org’s new Environmental Search Engine for “koalas kings forest tweed coast

The Creation, by Bob Ell’s (Leda) Project 28 Pty Ltd,  of a “residential community (including subdivision), educational facilities, a town centre, a service station, a golf course and club house, a neighbourhood centre and a regional community facility” in and about Kings Forest is being assessed by the Director-General. Information ( Assessment type Part 3A) Application and Declaration,  Preliminary Assessment, Director-General’s Requirements, Environmental Assessment, Response to Submissions)  at the NSW Department of Planning can be found HERE.

Planning Workshop Australia – Kings Forest and some other State Significant Sites’ work for developers

Meanwhile, here is a photo of Benoit, my little Crow friend… he has discovered money, and you can find out what he thinks about it by clicking HERE!

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Phantom Koala and the Australian National Reserve System Strategy 2009-2030

June 2, 2009
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The Australian National Reserve System holds some of the last great refuges in the world for Australian Flora and Fauna. The Mt Warning Caldera Region contains some of these Australian National Reserves.

Australia’s National Reserve System Strategy 2009-2030 has been announced as part of the Australian Government’s determination to safeguard the biodiversity of our precious native plants and animals.

The link to download the Australian National Reserve System Strategy 2009-2030 is HERE.

And how does the Australian National Reserve System help our friend, Phantom Koala?

Perhaps that is something you should look into for yourself!

Gold Coast City and Hinze Dam (top, middle) Springbrook, Mt Warning and Lamington Plateau (bottom), SE QLD, Australia

Gold Coast City and Hinze Dam (top, middle) Springbrook, Mt Warning - Numinbah Valley or "Devil's Country" is in the centre - and Lamington Plateau (bottom), SE QLD, Australia.

Phantom Koala and the Planner have a dream together

March 25, 2009

Phantom Koala has been busy trying to help his friends on the Tweed Coast of NE NSW. The heavy earth moving equipment has been destroying  wildlife homes and chasing the animals away for many years now.  Cars and people have also invaded the wildlife homes and Phantom Koala’s sleep is restless as each day’s activity becomes louder, more threatening.

Safe places to hide are becoming scarce. Oh! What to do? Then, one morning, after being chased by dogs and almost hit by a car, Phantom Koala finds a safe tree, and settles to an exhausted sleep. He begins to dream……………

 

PK dreams of talking with the Government Official who holds Stewardship of Kings Forest

PK dreams of talking with the Government Official who holds Stewardship of Kings Forest

 

 

The Development that is planned for the Kings Forest area is

  • environmentally unsustainable 
  • damaging to the wildlife that are already stressed due to development surrounding fragments of bushland
  • far too large to risk building, due to the fragile nature of the ecosystems and fragmented habitats  of the Tweed Coast

A few links:-

Kings Forest Cobakai Lakes Proposals – clearing the house

March 25, 2009

Monkey wonders why Phantom Koalas threatened friends at Kings Forest arent as popular to save by the people, as the monkey on the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald

Monkey wonders why Phantom Koala’s threatened friends at Kings Forest aren’t as popular to save by the people, as Taronga Zoo’s little Francois Langur monkey on the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald this week – “Why Me” :  Corina Smith’s animal advocacy photos, taken in China.

As a piscean monkey, I can relate to this picture (above) that my friend took in China a few years back.This regards the future of the animals that now live in the Kings Forest area. If Kings Forest and Cobakai Lakes developments should go ahead, then the animals that live there, as part of their habitat range, will be, in effect, imprisoned, like the monkey above!!

This will occur, should development be allowed to proceed, and the required lifelines to the threatened species become cut, altered, threatened, cleared or overwhelmed by infrastructure and golf course/development, catchments alteration and traffic.

Here is a mini clearinghouse for Bluecray’s “Kings Forest Proposals” Articles.

Links to the abandoned Francois Langur Monkey – “Francois Langur monkeys subsist mainly on leaves with fruit, buds, flowers, seeds, stems and bark providing supplements. They drink very little water”

Australia’s drop in the Ocean – the Draft Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill is open for comment

March 13, 2009

History in the making!  Australia contributes their “drop” in the rising ocean….  Be quick!  The Australian Draft Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 is open for comments and submissions. You have just over one month to contribute your comments. 

Exposure Draft of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Legislation at Australian Government Department of Climate Change: 10th March 2009

The above LINK will give you information –  Fact Sheets,  How to Make a  Submission,  Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme White Paper, and the  Australian Treasury’s     Economics of Climate Change Mitigation for Australia’s Low Pollution Future .

I, for one, will not be commenting, (as I just don’t have the scientific & monetary policy intelligence  – but many other’s DO)  on this scheme. I do, however, wish to document this occasion on my webpages……

Why?

I reckon that this upcoming Legislation is another instance of creating alot of paperwork, ambiguity and brainfreeze over money, the economy and the environment.

It is another legislative form of sustaining the myth that we can, as an “enlightened nation” – buy our way out of anything.

My own feelings on this matter are:-

  • Environment and Economic education require intrinsic and deeply modified linking within ALL  Australian Educational Systems. 
  • Environmental understanding should be the basis for education, not economic outcomes (as is the current trend of modern mainstream Australian Society).
  • The Australian Environment, as a source for healthy economic balance is still largely forgotten.
  • Environmental understanding  is currently an appendage that is tacked onto the economic mindest of education policy custodians. 
  • Environment is life. The Market place and the Economy of the market place is a symptom of life. If  life is well, then the economy is well. 
  • If the Environment is well, then the economy is well. At present, the environment is not well. 

Australia could, in it’s government policy wisdom, create biodiverse forestry systems Australia-wide, that create

1. jobs and regional industries – Australia wide

2. biodiversity – Australia wide

3. timber for selective harvest and timber products – Australia wide

4. renewable resources for economic strength, trade and market well-being – Australia & world wide.

When, back in the early 1990’s, I talked with Queensland Forestry marketing and agroforestry workers, I was led to believe that the cost, back then, of producing timber was greatly subsidised, and that pricing of timber products did not fully reflect the cost of production of the timber itself. I was also told that the increase of the cost of hardwood would rise, and that over the coming few decades, the amount of hardwood timber that could be harvested in Australia would not be able to keep up with demand (and hence, the market price would rise). Of course, since then, many pine and hardwoord plantations have occurred. The biodiversity factors associated with these plantations? I will not comment on them here. Possibly some have high biodiversity, possibly other’s do not.  

Regarding Forests, Australia and Market solutions to the increase in Carbon? Well, other than individuals ceasing their compulsive obsessive, over the top consuming of  resources and associated thoughtless waste management – My simple solution is to create a massive, widespread  BIODIVERSE FORESTRY industry.

An industry that is fostered fully by the Australian Government(s) and the Education system(s).

Oh, yes, an one more thing – the knowledge for creating, sustaining an Australian wide forestry initiative, within a Regional Context is already with us. It just hasn’t been implemented at a grand level. 

 

Phantom Koala (PK) and Litoria decide it is safer to stay in the forest, than venture to the Australian Treasury and plead their case for more Biodiversity. They trust that Nature will teach Australians in the end, to care for the Land and it's "Balance of Faeries".

Phantom Koala (PK) and Litoria decide it is safer to stay in the forest, than venture to the Australian Treasury and plead their case for more Biodiversity. They trust that Nature will teach Australians in the end, to care for the Land and it's "Balance of Faeries".

 

 

There is a song that sums up how I feel about carbon trading and the Air Quality of this planet. The song may not have intended my interpretation, but I shall use it to illustrate my educational stance:-

The following is by David Byrne, the song AIR on the Talking Heads 1970′ s   Album Fear of Music

“Air…Air

Hit me in the face
I run faster
Faster into the air
(I say to myself)
What is happening to my skin?
Where is that protection that I needed?
Air can hurt you too
Air can hurt you too
Some people say not to worry about the air
Some people never had experience with…
Air…Air
It can break your heart
So remember when the weather gets rough
(You’ll say to yourself)
What is happening to my skin?
Where is that protection that I needed?
Air can hurt you too
Air can hurt you too
Some people say not to worry about the air
Some people don’t know shit about the…
Air…”