Mixed Feelings About Australia’s Climate Change Election

Mixed Feelings About Australia’s Climate Change Election

Note: This letter was originally published in our weekly newsletter and is being republished here.

Hey guys,

Emotions were running high on Saturday night. I was excited for what was to come and as the hours rolled on, watching the live election count, the excitement turned to horror realising that we were having our very own Trump moment. I had purchased some vegan bubbly to celebrate and found myself drinking it commiserating.

I woke up the next morning swearing never to read an opinion poll or listen to political pundits again. “The Climate Change Election” they called it. Yeh, not falling for that again. 

Reading tweets and Facebook posts on the topic, it suddenly dawned on me again how closed off the ‘eco’ chamber is and that there is a silent majority. This silent majority made their views known on Saturday helping to elect the party with the fewest climate change policies (and fewest policies generally aside from lowering taxes and delivering a surplus next year by cutting wasteful government spending).

If you’ve been following on Instagram you’ll have seen my analysis, but for those of you who have not, I won’t rehash it here. Read this post as it sets out the key lessons I learned from the election and how we should move forward. (Note: my bias is to recalibrate, reassessment, strategise and focus on solutions so if you’d prefer to wallow some more, don’t read it LOL)

Anyway here’s what I’m reading, listening to and following this week:

Podcast Shows:

Kenan Malik and the limits of identity politics, Big Ideas

Men: 45, Women: 0, Hidden Brain. Men, women and the nature of leadership and why women are trapped in a “double bind”)

Australian election: What happened, why did it happen, and what next?, Australian Politics Live


2040: A Handbook for the Regeneration based on the documentary 2040, Damon Gameau

People / Accounts:

Benjamin Von Wong, Photographer, Visual Engineer and Environmental “Artivist”. He uses visual art to explore environmental themes.

Articles / Reports:

8,000 Amazon employees asked the company to do more on climate change. Shareholders just said no, Vox

Insurers urge Morrison to take on climate change, Australian Financial Review

If you’re still finding it difficult to process the election results and feeling climate anxiety, this post might help you through it.

Peace, love and all that jazz,

Jen xx (Editor-in-Chief)

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