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Police photo of ”terrorist material” seized form Kolectivo Bandera Negra
Police photo of ”terrorist material” seized form Kolectivo Bandera Negra

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This episode looks at Greenwashing but first 5 anarchists have been jailed in Barcelona.

“On May 15, Yolanda, Silvia, Juan, Xabier and José were arrested in their homes in the province of Barcelona, by order of the Spanish National Court, in a police operation that resulted as well in the smashing and seizure of material from Catalan anarchists premises.

Accused of committing crimes such as terrorist group membership, praising terrorism, recruitment and indoctrination and storage of explosives, they are currently jailed in Soto del Real prison (Madrid), far away from their families and friends, under third grade imprisonment.

The details of the charges are: the alleged involvement of these five anarchists on Facebook pages (“Bandera Negra” and “Front Solidari de Barcelona” among others) that the state and regional police forces consider to be “terrorist gangs”-despite not having proved any activity outside social networks-, their involvement in demonstrations in which there have been incidents and publishing opinions “that have aimed to spread subversive ideas and to incite and / or commit crimes against State and capitalist interests “ (Court order of 17/05/2013).

Moreover, the prosecution believes that the material seized in their homes reinforces these accusations: flags and shirts with anarchist theme, libertarian philosophy books, gasoline from the garage, screws of various kinds, Valencian firecrackers and rockets whose sell is legal.”

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MUSIC

Chumbawamba – ABCs of Anarchism

iNSURGE – Happy Birthday Union Carbide

iNSURGE – Sydney 2000 Toxic Sludge

The Fuck Fucks – Torch the Olympics

Combat Wombat – Alternative Energy

Sole – Generation Hot

MC Frontalot – First World Problem

Resident Anti-Hero – Cut the Power

Painting the World Green

Greenwashing – The term Greenwashing is a play on the concept of whitewashing.

It’s when companies use marketing spin to make their products seem environmentally friendly… when most of the time they’re not and in fact it can be argued that selling anything in the capitalist market place can not be environmentally friendly.

Greenwashing was coined by New York environmentalist Jay Westerveld in a 1986 essay regarding the hotel industry’s practice of placing green placards in each room which promoted reuse of guest-towels allegedly to “save the environment”.

Westerveld found that in most cases these claims were hollow and used to disguise cost cutting techniques … the overall aim being to increase profit.

These days green is the new black and companies spend big bucks on advertising being green to appeal to consumers rather than on doing anything that actually could be environmentally beneficial such as taking responsibility for the entire life cycle of their product.

Examples include changing the name or label of a product to give the feeling of nature and altering the colors used by your brand to include green or both.

For example BP,entered the greenwashing playing field, spending 200 million dollars on re-branding their company. Part of their re-branding was use of the slogan “beyond petroleum” and a new green and yellow sunburst design for their logo.

In Norway the consumer ombudsman banned car manufactures from claiming their vehicles are ‘green’, ”clean’ or ‘environmentally’ friendly saying that – “Cars cannot do anything good for the environment except less damage than others’.

Manufacturers risk fines if they fail to drop the words.

The Australian Trade Practices Act has been modified to include punishment of companies that make  misleading environmental claims.

In 2008 GM Holden were fined by the ACCC for their Grrrrrreen campaign promoting their range of Saab vehicles using these words and phrases – “Grrrrrreen”, “Every Saab is green. With carbon emissions neutral across the entire Saab range” and “Shift to Neutral”.

When the Olympics games were held in London 3 organisations the London Mining Network, Bhopal Medical Appeal and UK Tar Sands Network set up a campaign called Greenwash Gold 2012.

10 yrs before the London Olympics the Sydney Olympics were being hyped as the greenest ever….. despite the site where they were held being a former industrial and armaments depot.

Dr Sharon Beder who wrote a research paper called Greenwashing an Olympic Sized Toxic Dump she says of the site:

 
“In recent years asbestos-contaminated waste and chemicals including dioxins and pesticides have been found there, along with arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury and zinc. It is the worst toxic waste dump in Australia, and the bay into which the waste leaches is so contaminated that there is a fishing ban. The sediments in the bay have concentrations of dioxin that make it one of the world’s worst dioxin hot spots. The dioxin is largely the result of waste from a Union Carbide factory which manufactured the notorious herbicide Agent Orange there during the Vietnam war. “

She goes on to add that the Sydney Games site’s green transformation was possible due to the help of environmental groups such as Greenpeace.

For Greenpeace, participation in developing a showcase Olympic village offered another benefit: the opportunity to transform its own image. Instead of simply sounding the alarm on environmental problems as it had done for the previous 20 years, the “new Greenpeace” would be seen as promoting solutions.

‘Greenpeace International wrote to Olympic sponsors, including BHP, Coca Cola, General Motors-Holden, McDonalds, and others, offering to help them earn the name of ‘Green’ in the same way as the Sydney Olympics has: ‘As sponsors, you have the opportunity to play a key role in this success. One of the many benefits of being part of the Green Games is the chance to demonstrate your company’s commitment to the environment and to future generations. The Sydney Olympics offer your staff the opportunity to take part in a long-term global initiative to protect the world’s environment… Greenpeace would like to work with you to explore the areas in which you can make an environmental contribution during the Sydney 2000 Games.’

In 2007 an environmental marketing firm TerraChoice released a study called “The Six Sins of Greenwashing

Another example of greenwashing is Earth Hour.

Earth Hour encourages consumers to switch off electric appliances for 1 hour. This may make people feel good about a minor inconvenience without creating any sustained reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Website the wrong kind of green published an article which calls Earth Hour ‘the ultimate parody of this great coming together of all that is evil in the world of greenwashing.’

And continues – ‘I don’t use the term “evil” lightly. A person cannot be evil; an action can. Earth Hour is evil because it not only allows corporations, politicians, urban sprawls and industrial monoliths to look good in the eyes of a naive public, it actively attacks genuine attempts to try and undermine the very things that feed off Earth Day. An ordinary person in the thrall of industrial civilization cannot fail to be impressed by the sight of a thousand buildings simultaneously switching off their lights in the name of planet Earth; how can something as mundane as building non-dependent communities compete with such glamour.’

And a look at the corporate sponsors of Earth Hour 2011 gives insight also into the cynical nature of this event.

First I’ll mention 2012 Greenwash Gold winners Rio Tinto…

Unilever who I’ve mentioned in a previous episode about they test on animals.

Toyota , Coco Cola who have been implicated in among other things rape, torture and murder of workers in South America, One Steel, Emirates Airlines and Mitsubishi Electric

And the organisation behind. Earth Hour WWF has a dismal record of jumping into bed with corporate polluters in return for sponsorship dollars

I highly recommend the site wrongkindofgreen.org for more information on this and other examples of the manipulation, compromise and otherwise selling out of non government organisations.

Similarly, introduction of a Carbon Emission Trading Scheme may feel good but is it actually beneficial in the long term? A group involved with Friend’s of the Earth in the Uk set up a scheme called Cheat Neutral to demonstrate how carbon emission trading works or rather doesn’t work.

  • Cheatneutral tries to make it seem acceptable to cheat on your partner. In the same way, carbon offsetting tries to make it acceptable to carry on emitting excess carbon.

  • Cheatneutral doesn’t really do much to reduce the amount of cheating in the world. Carbon offsetting does very little to reduce global carbon emissions.

THE G SPOT

Yep there we go I did it…. making cheap sexual references to make the show more popular….  really this show has not much to do with sex but is all about G. G in the Anarchist/Activist Dictionary.

G is for Gentrification, Global Warming, Greenwashing (Tasmania’s Forests) and Gender.

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Today I would like to suggest you spend some time outside… to connect or maybe reconnect with nature.

Many studies have shown sigificant health benefits from exposure to nature…. a reduction in stress, anxiety and depression and an  increase in energy, fitness, immune functioning and vitamin D intake.

You don’t need to go on a major journey to experience the benefits of nature… Living in inner city Brisbane I have learnt to appreciate the wildlife around me birds, possums, bats, frogs, ants, bugs, grashoppers, trees, shrubs, vines, and grass.

Especially good areas for finding wild nature are abandoned houses and buldings or building sites…. take a walk around yuor neighbourhood and see what you can find.

You can bring nature into yr house too… house plants improve air quality by up to 90%, you could even grow herbs in sunny areas and window sills.

Anyway moving on to what’s on today’s show … we’re going to be looking a G in the Anarchist Alphabet and speaking with Stil Wild Still Threatened’s Miranda Gibson about the Tasmanian Forrest Agreements Bill which includes a clause which holds areas of forest up as ransom as a way of silencing dissent.

The fight to save Tasmania’s rainforests has been on going for years… these forests are magnificant … massive trees stand in these forests trees which are hundreds and also thousands of years old…. unique and threatened wildlife is also found in these forests including Tasmanian Devils, Spotted Quolls and Tasmanian White Goshawks.

These natural wonders don’t mean much to the forestry industry though… to them the forests mean money and really old trees are really big and worth lots of money once harvested.

In late April a big announcement was made of the signing of the Tasmania Forest agreement Bill… The Wilderness Society, Australian Conservation Foundation and Environment Tasmania were the environmental groups who signed the deal.

As is often the case these days these groups have made a deal they call it a comprise which grassroots environment groups like Still Wild Still Threatened say does not provide long term protection for the forests

The most concerning part of the Bill though is a ‘durability’ clause which means if there are any  “substantial” forest protest against ongoing logging between now and October next year areas of forest which were going to be protected will be opened up to logging.

To find out more about the Forest Deal Wave and I spoke to Still Wild Still Threatened‘s Miranda Gibson ….

Music

Bedding Music – Unisonic Ascension

Steve B.I.K.O – Worlds on Fire

Ryan Harvey – Gentrification

The Living End – All Torn Down

Bobby “Boris” Pickett – Climate Mash

Expose Exxon Campaign – Toast the Earth

Remember Me Feral – Resistance

Zach De La Rouda – Rewild or Die

Resident Anti-Hero – Come Rescue Me

Jandy Rainbow – G it Never Ends

FOOD NOT COPS

On this weeks shows we continue on with the Anarchist/Activist Alphabet and we’re still looking at F … F is a fucking good letter and I keep thinking of topics starting with F so we’re stuck on F…  Feminsm, Freedom, Fire, File Sharing, and Five Finger Discount which was the topic of the last show. F can also be for Food Not Bombs and the closely related topic Freeganism… so that’s what we’re going to be looking at later in the show but first of all the latest sedition of It’s the End of the World as We Know it and I feel Fine!

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1. Police don’t like F words. Police don’t like the word Fuck either… well they use it themselves but they generally don’t like it when a member of the public uses it near them… however a Queensland man who was arrested for telling an officer to fuck off had his case dismissed by a magistrate who says “It’s not the most polite way of speaking but those who walk the beat would be quiet immune to the words.”

2. It’s the End of the World as we Know it and I feel Fine!

Abolish the Police

3. F is for Food Not Bombs and Freeganism

4. Wave interviewed the man behind the Formidable Vegetable Sound System… Charlie Mgee who developed what is said to be the world’s first permaculture concept album which has now turned into a stage show and is traveling the world….

MUSIC

Bedding Music: Welcome Clarity -Unisonic Ascension

Combat Wombat Police Brutality

Police by J Scribe and VersaKylie 

Police State by The Great Shame

The Chumbawamba ABCs of Anarchism comes from Pop Defect Radios Tribute to them.

Look Around by Formidable Vegetable Sound System.

Formidable Vegetable Sound System

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We’re up to F in the anarchist/activist alphabet so on this show we take a look at the Five Finger Discount – shop lifting. Why do people shoplift and when you steal from a large corporation does anyone really get harmed. Also a bunch of songs on the topic.

Later in the show an interview about the Murrawrari Nation who have declared independence from Australia and formed the Murrawarri Republic.

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Murrawarri Republic – Interview with Fred Hooper

www.murrawarrirepublic.net

Bedding music – http://unisonicascension.com/variousmp3s/