Sunday, 9 August 2015



In my previous blog I shared my rediscovery of radio; an opportunity arising from seeming adversity.

Well, last night at 10 pm I tuned into Sunday Nights on ABC radio and heard this splendid interview with a remarkable Dutch lady, Marjan Minnesma about ordinary people taking effective direct action about climate change.

If you’re like me – frustrated because our political leaders, for whatever reasons, refuse to bite the bullet regarding carbon emissions and its apparent effect on world climate – I urge you to listen to the 28 minute interview with Marjan Minnesma.

Very powerful and encouraging!



The Interview: Marjan Minnesma

Sunday, August 9, 2015 


Interview: Marjan Minnesma, Director of Urgenda | Lateline


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In 2013 Marjan Minnesma of the Netherlands thought her country's government wasn't taking enough action on climate change.

She and almost 900 other Dutch citizens took the Government to court, arguing that the state had a duty of care to protect its people from the harmful consequences of global warming.

In June this year the Hague District Court handed down its verdict that the Dutch Government must do more to bring down its country's carbon emissions in order to keep its people safe.

The Netherlands is one of the countries scientists say is likely to be affected by rising sea levels.

The Court agreed with Marjan Minnesma and her fellow plaintiffs, ordering the Dutch Government to increase its target for reducing emissions from up to 17 per cent on 1990 levels by 2020, to 25 per cent.

The judge said, "The state should not hide behind the argument that the solution to the global climate problem does not depend solely on Dutch efforts. Any reduction of emissions contributes to the prevention of dangerous climate change and as a developed country the Netherlands should take the lead on this."

Marjan Minnesma is now touring the world telling other groups how to mount similar actions including in Australia.

She spoke to Noel Debien of ABC Sunday Nights

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