Australian Greens

Dr Sara Bice talks social licence

Need for understandable data on increasing prevalence of unconventional gas and its impact on sedimentary basins

The BZE team talks to Dr Sara Bice with a history of journalism, sociology and now research fellow at Melbourne School of Government, University of Melbourne. 

Dr Sara Bice spoke of the need to create a regulatory basis and need for management of underground resources considering sedimentary basins comprise to a great extent  Australia's primary energy and water for agriculture and general rural population needs - in particular relating to CSG. This will have major effects on environmental economy and communities.  There is of course a need for a baseline for the effects of CSG and fracking in particular and with a moratorium such as that in Victoria.  The growth in CSG wells in Queensland alone has amounted to possibly 40,000 from 3000 in 2003! There is in particular a need for a better connection between University research, industry and policy makers and for the use of social media to provide a strong platform and despite for example, AGL giving the reasons for withdrawal as being financial with no mention relating to the power of protests. Reference to  AGL and "the license to operate" was also made by Green's Jeremy Buckingham. Is "social license" controlled by companies?

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre)

Further reading:

Coal seam gas debate is more than hot air: Did community opposition have a role in AGL’s decision to quit exploration of natural gas?

The Sustainable Sensibility - Blog by Sara Bice

Sara Bice on The Conversation

Do mining companies have a "social licence" to operate?

Dr Sara Bice Awarded Research Fellowship

Margaret Blakers OAM

Beyond Zero speaks to Margaret Blakers, the Canberra-based Convener of the Global Greens. Margaret is a passionate Environmentalist and Political adviser. In 2016 Margaret was awarded the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for service to conservation and the environment.

Adrian Whitehead calls for climate action!

Beyond Zero editorialises ahead of the multiple climate rallies and Paris climate negotiations as a preamble to talking with Adrian Whitehead a climate campaigner currently advising Australian agricultural systems to intergrate bio char, which is a well known soil enhancer and carbon sink.

Implementing BZE Plans at Emergency Speed

Emeritus Prof Stuart Hill - Dr Stephen Bygrave - Dr Tim Read

This show was broadcast on Mon 1 December 2014

Vivien from the Beyond Zero show speaks to University of Western Sydney Emeritus Professor Stuart Hill about BZE's recently released Zero Carbon Australia Land Use Plan. Then, BZE CEO Dr Stephen Bygrave and Dr Tim Read, Greens candidate for Brunswick, join her in the studio to talk climate change politics.
Tim Read Stuart Hill Steve Bygrave
Tim Read Stuart Hill Steve Bygrave



Vote Climate


Another election edition featuring interviews with Michael Pulsford, Melbourne Divestment Coordinator at, Jane Morton from Vote Climate, and Basil Byrne from Australian Student Environment Network (ASEN).

Mike Pulsford was one of the organisers for the Australian leg of Bill McKibben's 'Do the Maths' tour earlier this year, and is working to on the campaign. Jane and Vote Climate is a communication network linking community groups working on solutions to the climate crisis. Our network includes local climate action groups, groups opposing new coal and gas developments, groups protecting forests, and groups working for a rapid transition to 100% renewable energy. Then Basil tells us about ASEN, the network of student environment groups from around Australia committed to building grassroots movements for change.

Election Edition


Welcome to Beyond Zero's Election Edition, where Vivien Langford talks to the three major political parties about their policies on climate change.

Greg Hunt, Liberal MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Change Action, Environment and Heritage

Yvette D'Ath, Labour MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and

Christine Milne, Greens senator, leader of the Australian Greens.

Students of Sustainability Conference 2013

Beyond Zero's Nick Carson visits the 2013 Students of Sustainability (SOS) Conference, a national wide conference which was held at the University of Tasmania from the 5th to 9th of July.
Throughout the past twenty-one years, SOS has grown into the primary national environmental conference for students. Held in a different city every year, SOS spreads its unique, life-affirming, change-making energy to the Universities and communities that host it.

Australia's Climate Action Summit & the media

Vivien presents a collection of interviews from Australia's Climate Action Summit 21- 23 June 2013, focusing on the role of the media. Guests include:

John Kaye, NSW Greens MLC,

Jane Rawson, Author and Energy and Environment Editor for the online journal, The Conversation. The difference with The Conversation is that it's written by academics, not journalists; it is not-for-profit and receives no advertising revenu. 

Larissa Waters, Qld Senator and environmental lawyer.

Let's lead the way again in green energy, says Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young

AUSTRALIA is rich in natural energy resources that a clean and green. Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young wants South Australia to lead the way.


AS we know, Australia is rich in natural resources. We've been exploiting our mineral reserves for more than a century now.

But there is a catch  these resources are both finite and dirty. The good news is that we in South Australia have a plentiful supply of alternative natural resources to call upon in the form of solar power and wind energy.

Our state is perfectly poised to make hay while the sun shines and, when it comes to renewable energy alternatives, the economic sun is certainly breaking through the clouds in SA.

While our nation as a whole has committed to reaching a target of 20 per cent baseload power generation from renewable sources by the year 2020, SA has already achieved better than that with a 21 per cent renewable power supply.

The advantages of wind power are well understood in our state where, despite our size, we produce almost half of the nation's wind power capacity.

Now SA is being presented with an opportunity to lead the way in another form of renewable energy and there's a passionate group who want to tell you about it.

Two-and-a-half weeks ago 80 people set out on a walk from Port Augusta and they won't be returning home until they've walked all the way to Adelaide. They are coming to spruik the benefits of transitioning Port Augusta's two coal-fired power stations to renewable energy alternatives.

Australian climate change think-tank Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) believes Port Augusta is perfectly positioned to lead the nation in the renewables field by building Australia's first solar thermal power plant. The Australian Greens agree.

Solar thermal power stations are able to store heat overnight, meaning the technology can deliver reliable and consistent electricity to customers around-the-clock in the same way a gas-powered station could.

BZE's research shows that transitioning to solar thermal plants in Port Augusta would also create more than 1800 jobs, protect the health of the surrounding community, save five million tonnes of CO2 emissions each year and lower the cost of electricity to all South Australians in the long term.

With this plan too there is a catch, but in the case of solar thermal plants all that is needed to overcome that hurdle is a little foresight and strong political leadership.

While it is undeniable that these power stations are expensive to build, they have a huge economic advantage over their gas-powered equivalents that makes them significantly cheaper in the long term  fuel costs.

With the price of gas set to be linked to the international price of oil, South Australians relying on gas power from Port Augusta would be hit by volatile and increasingly expensive electricity costs similar to what we already experience at the petrol pump.

The Sun's energy isn't only cleaner and safer than gas, it is also 100 per cent free and that probably won't be changing any time soon.

There is across-the-board support for transition in Port Augusta from locals, community leaders and even the company behind the old power stations. This is because solar thermal technology would be hugely beneficial to the environment, the community and the economy.

SA is already leading the way in renewable energies Australia-wide. The question we have to answer now is: Do we want to lead the world?

You can join the "Rally for Solar" in Rundle Park this Sunday at 1pm when the walkers from Port Augusta arrive in the city.

- Sarah Hanson-Young is a Greens Senator for South Australia

Drew Hutton, Fiona Simson, Sharyn Munro and Craig Shaw

Beyond zero Emissions Radio- The only full hour of climate change solutions brings you: COUNTRY AND CITY, UNITED WE STAND. PROTECT OUR COUNTRY PROTECT OUR LAND

Join us as we revisit the May1st Rally in Sydney of country and city people against coal and gas mining. This is something unprecedented. Country women’s association members, who have never protested in the city before, come to tell us that the issue of fossil fuel mining ravishing the food bowl is “more that tea and scones”. This issue is “bigger than politics. It’s a whole community issue”.

We interview Drew Hutton from “Lock the gate alliance”,Fiona Simson President of the NSW farmers’ Association, Sharyn Munro author of “Rich Land- Waste land” and Craig Shaw from the Bylong Valley Protection association”. With climate change solutions in mind, listen in and please pass on this invitation to your friends next Monday.

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