IPCC Sixth Assessment Report – will our nation rise to the occasion?

Will the stark reality between Australia’s climate future and the denial, the fudging and blustering for economic and special interests finally come home to roost?

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IPCC Sixth Assessment Report will be released at 6pm today.

Will the stark reality between Australia’s climate future and the denial, the fudging and blustering for economic and special interests finally come home to roost?

Will our government finally be dragged kicking and screaming to join the consensus of our nearest neighbors, whose future as proud island nations reach to an inevitable, whimpering conclusion?

Will it acknowledge its contribution to our current, escalating crisis and take appropriate action or will it continue to nibble away, staring blankly ahead, irrespective of the calamities that are increasing befalling our nation?

A gas lead recovery is a fools errand that will be our nations shame and the demise of our nations pride.

#climatechange #ipcc #greeneconomy

The New Climate War trailer

Audiovisual animation for Michael Mann’s upcoming book – The New Climate War.

Audiovisual animation for Michael Mann’s upcoming book – The New Climate War.

The style of the video was a bit of a homage to The Expanse which has some great scenes of planets in their trailer.

Spent a lot of time picking a great track from Storyblocks and then aligning the animations to the beat. This one is Arabic Cinematic Middle Eastern Music from Artist, Volodymyr Piddubnyk.

Here I used maps and cloud textures from NASA and created globes using Adobe After Effects for the realistic Earth scenes. For the single colour Earth’s I used Adobe Illustrator to colour and simplify them. I also used effects from Mister Horse Animation Composer, to speed up the animation process.

Finally, I added some sound effects to animations which rounded out the animations.

Climate Fool

We are at risk of losing everything that we hold dear. Before our eyes record temperatures on the rise year on year.

An animated short film on Australia’s climate change denial and the importance of moving away from fossil fuels and embracing a renewable future.

An animated climate change video that tries to connect with the audience. History will not judge us favourably until we stop obfuscating and set aggressive goals to reduce carbon emissions. Accounting tricks and woefully inadequate Paris Targets do us all a disservice. Blatantly wrong strategic choices on a gas led recovery are going to come back to haunt us unless do the right thing.

“EU set to deny gas power plants a green investment label”

No doubt I’m preaching the converted – but I hope you enjoy the video which is best seen with the sound on.

#climatechange #climateemergency #climatecrisis #climate

This animated video tries to capture the audience emotionally rather than through facts and figures. It focuses on the potential of extinction of some of our most beloved animals.

I think I’ll keep coming back to this video and adding additional scenes that bring this important issue to life.

 Climate Fool
 Australia’s emission’s denial
 We are at risk 
 Of losing everything
 that we hold dear.
 Before our eyes
 record temperatures
 on the rise
 year on year.
 Extended bushfire seasons,
 more severe.
 Droughts and floods
 now our constant companion.
 This climate crisis
 threatens the very existence 
 of the symbols
 that define our nation.
 Koala extinction in NSW by 2050.
 Can you imagine a future
 without them?
 Is this the Australia
 we want to leave
 our children
 and our children’s children?
 Will the destruction
 of our country
 be our legacy?
 There is a way.
 Carbon emission targets
 that reduce emissions by 50% 
 in the next decade
 and zero targets by 2050
 can take us back from the brink.
 We can make a difference.
 If we stop listening to the lies
 of polluters 
 mining, coal, oil and gas industries
 with their insatiable greed.
 Politicians at their beck and call
 ignoring science
 with outrageous lies 
 and slights of hand
 to get money, 
 to stay in power,
 regardless of the consequences.
 There is hope.
 We can chart a path using renewable energy.
 If we act now
 to stop  
 the destruction
 of our lucky country.

Hear no coal. Say no coal. See no coal.

An Australian Romance.

A short experimental animation started over the Christmas holidays while the Australian Bushfires were a little too close to home.

Now I have a full body rigged character animation I can use it as part of a larger climate change story.

The quotes in this maybe too quick video are all from Scott Morrison.

Right now economic growth at all costs is the Australian mantra from both sides of politics and until that changes, we will see very real significant change to our policies.

Climate Change Protests Sydney

Climate Change Protest, Sydney

The protests exemplify how out of step the Australian Government is with everyday Australians who are increasingly waking up to the climate crisis .

Scott Morrison adds further insult to injury and snubs the Climate Action Summit to have a state dinner with the US President. His push to increase coal exports propping up declining China exports leaves us as a global embarrassment.

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Clean Coal

Climatic – a climate change story

At its heart its about the issue of apathy towards climate change, why there such a lack of interest and how we can engage people in this important issue. It discusses how we can find a way to move people from a position of apathy to interested and then finally to become activists.

Advance Australia Fair – A Climate Change Story

The idea for this poem came out of GovHack 2018 – a programming competition in Australia using government open data sets . Our team settled on climate change and environmental data sets and I wanted to experiment with using poem structure to explain the issue and our solution. My first attempt at a poem and recording it over a weekend was terrible but I felt so alarmed by the research I had done on climate change that I continued refine it for several months afterwards.

At its heart its about the issue of apathy towards climate change, why there such a lack of interest and how we can engage people in this important issue. It discusses how we can find a way to move people from a position of apathy to interested and then finally to become activists.

It represents one of my first spoken word poems and I was initially quite nervous to put it out in the wild… but then I thought life’s too short!

I recorded a video version using many photos from unsplash.com – so thanks to that site and the many photographers whose excellent work I’ve used that are provided for free to the community.

It’s extraordinary climate deniers remain in Australian Politics

David Attenborough

Australians all let us rejoice

For we are young and free

We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil

Our home is girt by sea

Our land abounds in nature’s gifts

Of beauty rich and rare

In history’s page, let every stage

Advance Australia Fair

In joyful strains then let us sing

Advance Australia Fair

The majestic beauty of our land 

Its frailties so easily exposed.

Crops inundated by floods

And starved by drought 

Farmers wandering what to sow

The beauty of our coastal plains 

And our coral reefs diversity,

Whispering their bittersweet  swansong

To our nation 

So Poignantly 

A story of unrelenting turmoil and tragedy.




Affected by this new and terrible reality.

The imperceptible creeping rise of H20

It’s higher tides and storm surges 

With its urges 

To wash away all signs of our humanity

While we struggle to see the impending calamity

As it lurches ever closer

The harsh price we pay

With weather patterns 

Taking no pity on our damaged lands

Our bedraggled homes pummeled by  downpours and blight

Our browning lawns gasping

Eeking out paltry vapours as they fight

For their very  survival.

We stare on in false ecstasy 

With false bravado at our lucky country

With idle chatter and polite social conversation 

We fixate on investment, 

Of house prices with all their fallacies

Choosing to ignore the elephant trumpeting in our room

Can you not see Caesar!

Rome is burning!

We stare on…

Our gazes carefully ignoring that which  is in front of our eyes. 

Like lobsters in a pot


Oblivious of our impending culinary demise

An hors d’oeurve, 

To be quickly nibbled, digested and our remains to be cast aside

Why so much apathy to this danger?

The signals clearly in front of our eyes

How big do the billboards need to be 

to be recognised?

Do the neon lights need to be flashing?

The foghorns blaring?

What can we surmise?

What will it take

For us to stumble off the couch

Stumbling as if drunk

With bleary eyes

With uncertainty 

With sweaty bodies fattened by inaction

With little consensus of the right path

With trepidation and meditation

But now with conviction 

Be brave

Suck it in

We will enter the fray.

Lead on McDuff!

Lead on!

Are we deer frozen by some blinding headlights?

Is our political system too broken? 

To focused  on sound bites that have no might

Our media chasing headline stories 

Of vacuous celebrities that amount only to a pregnant pause.

Our scientists shouting in the wilderness 

Their voices drowned out

Not finding a voice that can be heard 

Not finding a connection to the greater cause

In this desert

Do we simply bury our heads in the sand?

Is the problem too large for us to understand?

So do we shrug our shoulders and continue on our way?

Do we have the power and wherewithal to stay

To fight

Are we delegating our responsibility?

Believing that a higher power will be our salvation?

That there is no need for consternation.

That the Mighty Lord in his revelations 

Will save us from our flaws.

Is that our mitigation?

But just in case…

Can we not in our busy lives,

simply take a moment to


Close our eyes



Do we not feel some foreboding?

A faint tingling in our bodies

The tip of our tongue

Our second sense

If we strain our eyes 

do we not see the shadows lurking?

How do we tear away a popcorn generation.

One weaned on the teat that is our fixation.

A Facebook generation that will pout, take a pic, and share their devotion 

Hungrily counting their ephemeral adulation

And a commitment so slight 

That as a wispy breeze it simply ends with a like. 

How do we put a stop to mind numbing activity 

How do we shift our gaze to the fore

To help us realise that the world’s fuse has been lit

That this may lead to a moment

A moment that leaves the world with no option

No option but to eject us 

Eject us while our species 

Our species that is still in its infancy

A not-so-innocent babe in arms

Snuffed out

Before Its legacy has even  begun 

How do we wake up a generation from its slumber

That it is being led by a Joker

An orange pied piper – a ludicrous New Yorker

Perhaps to our eventual elimination?

To shake man, women and child  from their complacency

To show them it is not too late

That we can crawl to the starting gate

And That we through many small steps walk the talk with conviction

And then,  as a nation our future generations will be ready to run at the problems head on, tempered by experience

 and armed with the knowledge that there is no one else

That we have gifted this world to them

This problem to solve

In our shame…

For there is no one else to blame…

I hope …not too late…

The is hope…

Can we use technology effectively to connect emotionally

To tear the bleary eyed from their stupor

With tools to hook them

Not with far fetched fantasy

But to show them the effects of climate change now to their hometowns, communities and families

With tools that let them see the impact first hand

That tell a  story that they can understand 

To open their eyes and digest a future chapter to be written

From that dusty book

You know – that book that they never picked up from the library

In a lonely corner

What’s it called?

Ah yes!

That’s the section

That’s called non-fiction

With attention hooked

Can we take the protagonist on their life journey

The ups and downs

Can we show them the bigger picture

The impact of inaction 

not simply to the economy.

But life itself in all its glory

On a knife edge 

and in that cutting moment

Which way will it fall?

Can we help them guide its sway?

Can we show them how the lack of environmental policy,

not demanding we answer  the hard questions, 

Gaia’s wicked problems to be solved.

Can we put data  in their hands.

Help them with the crossword puzzle

To make informed  decisions for our land.

Can we dis-intermediate  the flow of information

Not controlled by faceless men 

Of corporations who seek to profit

From a status quo

That cannot be maintained


Those who want to hide and ignore the worse cases

And those who seek to alarm of only worst cases

Allow people to understand 

To understand the risks

and take their own journey

Allow them to find their own story

Can one empowered with information 

Armed with knowledge

For with knowledge comes enlightenment 

Can one build a sense of urgency

And With conviction to follow it to its bitter end

To be willing to make sacrifices on the way

A way that should have started yesterday

And though we fear our fortune

Let us believe, let us hope that it is not too late

Than our pregnant pause has not Sealed our fate

That we can get out of the starting gate

Let us embark on our journey

On its twisted and turning path

 that will require some radical change

We must remember

To be resilient

To be tenacious

Not give up hope

We must realise that

To run we must first walk

To walk we must first crawl

To crawl we must first know why

In our youth and freedom

To rejoice, to be free

For history’s gaze

Will require that we toil

Nature’s gifts are waiting

And through our strains

We will rebuild our luck country

And we will sing

We will advance Australia fair.

© Vinod Ralh 2019