I’m with Cate Blanchett

Thurtinkle says yes

I say yes!

Recently I went to the Perth Cultural Centre in Northbridge where there was a big rally to get on with doing something about reducing carbon pollution and letting Australia and the world know that loads of people in Australia are in favour of a carbon pollution levy to invest in alternative energy by making the big polluters pay.

Apparently there’s a lot of fear that energy prices will go up if a so-called ‘carbon tax’ is put in place by the government and a recent poll shows that less Australians are in support of it than before. I think that this is because they have been put in fear of big energy price increases by the opposition and the media. Energy prices are going to go up. There’s no doubt about that, with or without this new measure. What is also sure is that we are pumping more carbon pollution out than ever before, the seas are on the brink of an enormous mass exctinction event and that if we don’t act now to wean ourselves off of our addiction to cheap energy from fossil fuels life is going to get very tough for everyone.

Cate Blanchett was one of the voices in this advertising campaign for action on climate change – The conservative opposition leader, Tony Abbott, lambasted the advert. “People who are worth $53m have a right to be heard – but their voice should not be heard ahead of the ordinary working people of this country,” he said.

But it’s worth reading this article by Oliver Milman: How mining and media distort Australia’s carbon tax debate

Here’s the ‘Say Yes’ facebook group

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My Christmas Cracker tomorrow in Preston

Come and see me at the New Continental down by the river in Preston Town Centre tomorrow at 1pm. It’s only a short walk from Preston station, and the trains are all running fine now.

Even if you choose to drive, Preston is only 30 minutes from Manchester, Liverpool and Lancaster so there’s no excuse not to come, really.

I had a brilliant time today with Rachel down the New Continental with stories and songs for a lovely audience of all ages. I made the ladies giggle, Rachel parcelled the children up in a giant Christmas bow, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer appeared and we all cheered when his Christmas dream came true.

Thurtinkle

With the kids at the New Continental, Christmas 2010

Seniors Week at Scitech

After my visit to Scitech in Perth, Australia, I was invited back as one of the three special guests at the launch of seniors week this week at Scitech.

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I had a grand time drinking the FREE TEA and munching on the FREE BISCUITS and meeting all the other visitors, including 104 year-old Peg

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Later I handed my flip video to a passing senior and got him to film me talking to Garry about the amazing Segway. You can watch it below.

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