David Finnigan shares his thoughts

Apr 1, 2019 | ArtSpeak, News

I’m a playwright and theatre-maker who works with climate scientists. I do a lot of work around climate and systems science. I wrote a play called Kill Climate Deniers which is going on at Metro Arts in May 2019.

Here are some things.

The Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council are the owners of the land in central Queensland where Adani are trying to get their mine up. Adani have been trying to bankrupt the council because they won’t shut up and go away. You can donate to help them out here.

I think this might be the most important thing you can do to help Australia right now in 2019.

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On a different tip, Seed is Australia’s first Indigenous youth climate network. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are leading the fight against climate change, and these young people are making good shit happen. Donate some money to help some badass young activists organise, mobilise and connect.

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Do we even have the headspace to begin thinking about the insanity that is Cubbie Station? A massive network of dams in south-west Queensland, the Chinese corporation-owned ‘biggest user of water in Australia’, swallowing vast amounts of the Murray-Darling river’s capacity at a time of extreme drought. Blow up those dams.

Helen Vivian’s SMH piece from last year provides a good overview of water mismanagement issues.

Destroy. Those. Dams.

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On, Aboriginal communities in NSW are running out of water. ‘In Walgett, Collarenebri and surrounds, water is being shipped in by Aboriginal organisations after supplies became undrinkable.’

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Write a letter to a politician. Read Bernard Keane’s always-useful guide to writing to ministers.

Here’s how I started one of mine:

Dear [minister’s name],

I’m writing as an ACT citizen and concerned taxpayer. I’m concerned and baffled that that the Coalition government has elected to loan a huge volume of Australian taxpayer’s money to support the construction of the Adani coalmine in Queensland.

Can you please advise me why we are loaning a billion of dollars to an Indian corporation, when there are other (Australian) infrastructure projects seeking funding?

And so on and so on. They all have email addresses on their websites. Send a letter or two, make some phone calls.

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This is S’Express – Theme From S’Express, aka the best thing to come out of 1987.

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Destroy the dams. Much love, yall, the heart is a muscle the size of yr fist keep fighting

 

David Finnigan
April 2019

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