The stories that enrage and sustain us.
 
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edition 17
the stories that enrage and sustain us.
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Sedimentary rocks by William A.Garnett, 1977 via @equator
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"I don't hold a hose, mate" was the only proof we ever needed that Scott Morrison has never, and will never, understand his responsibility in tackling Australia's climate crisis. As fires raged across the country in the Black Summer bushfires, the Prime Minister returned from Hawaii (eventually) and flitted from regional community to rural CFA tearoom, to forcibly shake hands and give his thoughts and prayers. 

Since that summer, his government has worked tirelessly to keep
fossil fuel companies afloat and coal mines openSo in a month's time, it will be intriguing to see how the PM navigates the COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. That's if he shows up.

As Australia becomes
"increasingly isolated" in our ideology and approach to cutting emissions, Scott Morrison is still deciding whether or not to show his face. With these talks being the most significant since the Paris Agreement was signed at COP21 in 2015, and with the PM seemingly finding the time to go on a little soul seeking trip earlier in the year, this potential snubbing is an outrage.

Once again, Australia is an international embarrassment. Over 100 world leaders have confirmed their attendance to COP26 and the EU parliament has decried Australia for having "one of the worst climate records of all developed nations." International leaders are urging the Australian government to commit to net zero targets, but our leaders just 
can't seem to agree on how to do it.

In a desperate desire to be heard, Australians have crowdfunded for ad placements on
three billboards outside the COP26 conference. The initiative, led by reporter and comedian Dan Ilic, will see three satirical adverts decrying Australia's pathetic attempt at climate policy plastered on a global stage. Whether Scott Morrison is in attendance or not, the billboards will keep Australia's pathetic climate track record front and centre.

In
the words of former Greens senator Scott Ludlam, "go to Glasgow, you massive coward".
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As we all sit at home, dreaming of adventures abroad, Europe is awakening to a new dawn of green travel. Research and media coverage have increasingly shown the impact of air travel on the climate in recent years, with the industry being one of the slowest to move to a zero carbon future. And travellers are taking note.

Throughout the UK's extensive lockdowns, a
study by Cardiff University found that almost half of all Britons planned to fly less after the pandemic. Awareness of carbon emissions and a commitment to reduce environmental harm were cited as major motivators for this shift.

Naturally, business is following suit. With the price of rail journeys ballooning in the UK over the past few decades due to privatisation, airlines have capitalised by offering budget tickets on domestic routes - routes which are often less than an hour in duration. So to offer a cheaper, greener alternative, the electric rail company Lumo is
launching their first route in the UK next month.

In October, Lumo will begin running their all-electric trains between London and Edinburgh, with one-way tickets starting at just £14.90. Regular train trips sit at between 80 and 130 pounds, making a one-way journey a luxury expense for many. Meanwhile, Lumo's trains are pet-friendly, are pushing a focus on plant-based catering and see 60% of their tickets costing less than £30.

Lumo's launch comes amidst a renaissance in overnight train travel on the European continent. Start-up, European Sleeper, will be launching a Brussels to Prague, overnight train in April 2022.

French start-up
Midnight Trains, is bringing back the golden era of rail travel, but through a low carbon and low cost lens. With luxury suites, dining carts and private bathrooms, Midnight hope to bring comfort and sustainability back to travel. In trial routes from Paris to Rome, Midnight's service was 23x less polluting than the air travel alternative, and 300 initial travellers saved almost 60 tonnes of CO2 by choosing to travel by rail.

The world, and the way we see it, is changing. I'd choose cocktails in the dining cart and being rocked to sleep over squashed knees and fossil fuels any day.

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Apologies in advance, this is going to be another millennial woman writing about Sally Rooney. 

I loved every sentence in Rooney's latest book, Beautiful World, Where Are You, her writing is pure magic and completely unique, I found myself slowing down to make it last longer. Beautiful World, Where Are You was a revealing yet lovely look into the pains that come with romantic and friendly love - communication, sensitivity, jealousy, insecurity. And of course, anxiety was ever present. It questioned purpose, identity and how we reckon with a collapsing world and our own insignificance; thoughts I’ve had myself. I gave this wonderful book 5 stars.

The hardback, special edition is currently on sale at Readings.
This newsletter is created on the stolen lands of the Gadigal and Bidjigal people of the Eora nation. I pay my respects to their elders past and present. Sovereignty was never ceded.
I'm Georgia Gibson, a freelance content strategist and writer working with impact-driven clients.
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