Aug. 24, 2020

Remembering Cobargo, Witnessing California | Catastrophic | Zoe Pook

Remembering Cobargo, Witnessing California | Catastrophic | Zoe Pook

This episode features an episode of Catastrophic, the tales of the Australian bushfires from the 2019/2020 summer.

But first, it contains a message about the August 2020 wildfires in California, and the relevance to Australia. 

Why is this relevant? Because California is going through a transformation of their energy system, and the transition to renewables is being blamed in some quarters for the failure and blackouts wracking California. But it has been poor management and mistakes that have caused this, and in a time when governance here in Australia is under the microscope, we cannot afford to allow mismanagement or poor planning hide behind greenbashing, like we’re seeing in the US. 

Links from the intro:

Shownotes from Catastrophic | Zoe Pook

Zoe Pook and her family live in Cobargo, NSW. She was travelling with her 2 children to Adelaide for a wedding when the firewall hit Cobargo and incinerated much of the town. Her husband, a volunteer firefighter, stayed to battle the fire and save their house. He is one of our nation's heroes. Fortunately he survived. Unfortunately, like many others in Cobargo that day, they lost everything. This is Zoe's story.

Catastrophic is a dual podcast and political protest.
Catastrophic tells the tales of the Australian bushfires and calls for political action around Climate Change. Every story we gather, every episode we release, of the Catastrophic podcast is being sent in a protest letter to over 100 politicians and members of the media, every week.
These are our demands for effective Climate Action:

  1. No new coal, oil and gas projects, including the Adani mine and the Wallarah 2 coal project.
  2. 100% renewable energy generation & exports by 2030
  3. Fund a just transition & job creation for all fossil-fuel workers & communities.
  4. Hand over land conservation management to First Nations Australians
  5. Start preserving our water and treating it as a precious resource not a commodity.

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