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GREEN LEFT REPORT #9: Feminism's resurgence, Venezuelan eyewitness + more

This episode focuses on feminism's resurgence and Venezuela's unfolding revolution. It includes activist news on Stop CSG protests, Global Noise protests, plus Carlo Sands on the European Union's Nobel Peace prize win, and a performance by 1000 eyes at Occupy.

Britain: Greens surge on back of anti-austerity anger

A Green Surge has hit Britain. Thanks to an ongoing growth spurt, the Green Party of England and Wales has now hit 54,000 members, on top of nearly 10,000 members in the Scottish Green Party.

Opinion polls put the party on the rise, frequently beating the Liberal Democrats, who are governing in coalition with the Conservatives. The Greens now have more members than the far-right anti-immigrant UK Independence Party (UKIP), whose growing support has generated much media attention.

Hundreds protest at Maules Creek mine

About 250 people gathered at the Leard State Forest in northern NSW from February 13 and 18 to stop Whitehaven Coal clearing the forest to make way for its proposed Maules Creek coalmine.

The project has been plagued by protest for more than two years and more than 300 people have been arrested, including farmer Rick Laird and former Wallabies captain David Pocock.

Walk highlights gas risk to Sydney’s water

Hundreds of people started a week-long walk through Sydney’s western suburbs on February 21 to highlight the risk coal seam gas poses to drinking water.
Beginning at Cataract Dam the route will continue for 160 kilometres through Camden, Campbelltown, Liverpool, Fairfield, Prospect, Parramatta, Auburn, Ryde and Gladesville before finishing at Parliament House in Sydney.
More than 10 community groups came together to organise the walk, including the Western Sydney Environment Network, Stop CSG Macarthur, Parramatta Climate Action Network and the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.

Queensland Labor government’s first week in power

With 44 seats (to the LNPs 42) and the support of Independent Peter Wellington, the ALP leader Annastacia Palaszczuk was sworn in as Premier on February 14. The full Cabinet of 14 (including 8 women) was sworn in on February 16.

The ALP minority government represents a number of firsts for Queensland: first cabinet with a majority of women ministers; first female team of Premier and Deputy Premier (Jacki Trad); and first woman indigenous cabinet minister Leeanne Enoch.

It is assumed that the axing of asset sales will be the first item on the new government’s to-do list.

Frackman

At 6:30pm for 7pm, at the Belgrave Twin Cinema with special guest Q&A. Frackman tells the story of accidental activist Dayne Pratzky and his struggle against international gas companies.

Event date: 
Thu, 05/03/2015 - 6:30pm
Event time: 
Thu, 05/03/2015 - 6:30pm

Fossil fuel divestment week

In the lead-up to the first global divestment day on February 14, the University of Sydney announced it will reduce the carbon footprint of its investments by 20% within three years by divesting from heavy polluters.

But it has shied away from divesting from fossil fuels altogether.

The decision follows a sustained student-led campaign, with support from Greenpeace, that has been urging the university to completely divest its investments in fossil fuels.

Good news (for a change)

SCOTLAND AND WALES BAN FRACKING

The National Assembly of Wales banned shale gas fracking in Wales on February 4. It follows an announcement on January 28 that the Scottish government will temporarily ban fracking until a public health assessment is completed.

Early last year British Prime Minister David Cameron said his government was going "all out for shale".

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Coal Seam Gas Election Forum and Q&A

Find out the facts on coal seam gas before you vote.
Election Forum and Q&A

SPEAKERS:
Sharyn Munro, author of "Rich Land, Wasteland"
Mark Ogge, researcher, The Australia Institute
Jess Moore, spokesperson, Stop CSG Illawarra
Mark Greenhill, Mayor, Blue Mountains City Council

Entertainment by Ecopella environmental choir.
Refreshments available after the forum.

2pm on Sunday, February 15th
Wentworth Falls School of Arts
Great western Highway
Wentworth Falls

Event date: 
Sun, 15/02/2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Event time: 
Sun, 15/02/2015 - 4:00pm
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