Jeremy Hoffman, a chief scientist at the Science Museum of Virginia and VCU professor, will present a program at Reveille on Thursday, January 30, at 7:00 pm, discussing how Richmond's environment has changed, how it will continue to change, and innovative projects underway to make the city resilient. Attendees will have the opportunity to win a family annual pass to the Science Museum of Virginia!
RSVP to attend: http://bit.ly/jeremy-hoffman
🌬 A White-Out Wednesday throwback for today’s beautiful hump-day! It’s an inconceivable feeling to ride your bike on the “moon” 🌝 for days on end even though the climate was so harsh at times (especially during these constant white-outs)
On the topic of C L I M A T E — considering the numerous fires that have occurred, risk of extinction for over 1 million species, reversed seasons, poor air quality, melted ice-caps and more, it’s an extremely scary time right now for Mother Earth. If we don’t take climate change seriously, it could be irreversible by 2030 with [obvious] terrible repercussions. We need to take active steps to reduce this risk! You can do this by making small changes in your daily lives such as:
1. Reduce and reuse before you recycle♻️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2.Switch to renewable energy 🌞
3. Eat less meat or don’t eat meat at all - you do not need to eat meat for EVERY meal! 🚫🥩 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 4.Get politically active and vote on important climate, environmental and greenhouse gas bills in the upcoming elections
Water and Oil Don’t Mix.
Yesterday the Wilderness Society of South Australia announced they’ll be challenging Equinor’s oil drilling approval in the Great Australian Bight in the High Court of Australia, represented by the Environmental Defenders Office.
The main legal challenge in this judicial review (i.e. the case falls on the legitimacy of granting the approval, not the approval itself) is whether a legal error had been made in approving the development without sufficient community consultation with stakeholders.
Last year when the approval body, NOPSMA (who’s advisory board is full of people who have worked or lobbied for the coal and gas industry - BIAS?) undertook public consultation, over 30,000 submissions were lodged, most of which objected to the proposal, yet, despite this, the proposal was approved.
Why is this so important?
The GAB is home to 85% of species not found anywhere else in the world. It’s a highly biodiverse pristine environment, very rare with the current state of our oceans. Equinor wants to drill their deepest well they’ve ever attempted in a remote region 400km off the SA coast where seas typically reach six to seven metres. In the event of an oil spill (Deep Water Horizon oil spill was a more shallow well in calm waters) Equinor originally said it would take 30-40 days to cap it. Due to community objection they then reduced it to 15 days. It is one of the largest fisheries in Australia and has a thriving tourism industry and are critical industries that support the local and regional community.
What can you do?
🌿 Educate yourself on the issue. You can find information here: @greataustralianbightalliance@wilderness_aus@thewildernesssocietysa 🌿 Use your voice and contact your local Federal Member of Parliament. Our MP in the Coffs region is @patconaghancowper 🌿 Donate to the legal appeal (go to the Wilderness Society website). High Court challenges are expensive!!
🌿 Attend locally organised protests such as this paddle out protest held at the jetty a few months ago!