Vote Climate Vote Solar

I have just been appointed the Secretary and Registered Officer of the Renewable Energy Party. We are in the process of a complete changeover of leadership and now conducting a membership drive. See the Global Warming Politics page for links and information. There may be interruptions to my blogging and tweeting over the next few months but hopefully not too many.

For the last year I have been  tweeting 1 to 5 times daily and trying to produce two short articles per week. These can be read on Gippsland News and Views or the last 5 blogs are below left. A list of posts is emailed on request at the end of each month.  I was the endorsed candidate in Gippsland for the newly formed Renewable Energy Party in the Federal Election and stood in the East Gippsland Shire Council Elections. All material on this  campaign, previous campaigns and various submissions can be read on Global Warming Politics

I have been aware of the global warming problem for many years and have been a supporter of alternative energy for even longer.

Since 1982 my owner built house was powered first by wind, then by wind and solar, and finally by solar alone. In the late 1990s I wrote several opinion pieces on the threat of global warming in a net column entitled “Mountain Echoes”.  From the commencement of the Iraq war I was preoccupied with producing a monthly anti-war newsletter called the “Irregular Gippsland Peace News” which ran for more than 50 issues.

The record breaking Arctic summer ice minimum in 2007 directed my attention back to global warming – the greatest challenge mankind has faced. The warming is occurring at a faster rate than predicted – along the lines of business as usual with the planet facing worst case scenarios. We appear to be in a climate emergency that few in the population, and even far fewer politicians, recognise. There is a huge gap between the science and the politics that is reinforced by the negative tactics of the fossil fuel lobby. The popular media seem at best uninterested, and at worst, hostile.

I decided to contest every available parliamentary election at all levels of government as an independent on a “climate emergency” platform. So far I have contested local government elections in 2008 and 2012, and the Federal election in 2013. I also contested the 2010 and 2014 State Elections. The former in the seat of Morwell where I offered a policy of developing geothermal energy under the coal. In 2014 I contested East Gippsland where plenty of publicity did not translate into votes. I hope that this website makes a contribution towards changing public and political opinion on the issue of climate change  for the benefit of current and future generations.

Peter Gardner