Despite residents voting out the Scott Morrison-led authorities of Australia in 2022, Dan Ilic says there’s nonetheless lots of speak round local weather change coverage with not sufficient motion to satisfy nationwide local weather targets.Known broadly for his epic billboards showing in New York’s Times Square in the course of the COP26 local weather summit satirizing Australia’s lack of seriousness on the convention, Ilic is host of the award-winning Australian comedy/climate-focused podcast “A Rational Fear” and spoke with the Mongabay Newscast in Sydney in regards to the panorama surrounding local weather coverage within the nation at present.He additionally shares his ideas on victories for Indigenous communities within the Tiwi Islands and the Galilee Basin, each in Australia, the place huge fossil gas proposals had been not too long ago blocked.
Dan Ilic’s comedic podcast, “A Rational Fear,” has been internet hosting journalists, comedians, and politicians that dissect points and coverage associated to local weather change and the surroundings for a decade. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, it gained vital consideration and accolades for its witty and ruthless criticism of presidency coverage round local weather change, and has been awarded one of the best comedy podcast three years in a row on the Australian Podcast Awards.
Ilic joined Mongabay podcast host Mike DiGirolamo in Sydney for an in-person dialogue of quite a few local weather change points and developments, plus some latest authorized victories for Indigenous communities that canceled main fossil gas venture proposals.
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Over the course of 2019-20, Australia skilled catastrophic climate-induced bushfires that killed a staggering 2 billion animals. A latest examine hyperlinks these bushfires with the latest La Niña phenomenon, which Ilic says brought about “a 12 months of rain” in Australia and flooding in communities hit laborious by the bushfires.
A mom koala and her joey who survived the forest fires in Mallacoota. Australia, 2020. Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
Recent Indigenous rights wins within the Tiwi Islands and within the Galilee Basin are “heartening,” Ilic says, however he factors to the latest greenlighting of a serious fracking venture within the Northern Territory as “demoralizing,” as it might launch twice as a lot emissions as home aviation has within the nation. Nearly 100 scientists publicly urged the regional authorities to not approve the venture.
One of a number of designs by artist James Hiller paid for to look on the ‘godzilla’ billboard by Dan Ilic in Times Square, NYC. Photo courtesy of Dan Ilic.
Ilic, who famously paid for the “Godzilla” billboard in New York City’s Times Square to run satirical jokes about Australia’s preliminary hesitancy to look on the COP26 local weather summit in Glasgow, Scotland, describes the growing reputation of his podcast, and why comedy resonates with listeners in Australia, lots of them victims of the catastrophic 2019-20 bushfires. Though Scott Morrison, Australia’s prime minister on the time, did attend COP26, it was not till Ilic’s famed billboard marketing campaign made waves throughout the media.
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Banner picture: Indigenous Tiwi Islanders protested the Barossa gasoline venture and gained in court docket late in 2022. Image courtesy of Rebecca Parker.
Mike DiGirolamo is Mongabay’s viewers engagement affiliate. Find him on Twitter @MikeDiGirolamo, Instagram, TikTok and Mastodon.
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