Three million is the number of dollars currently spent from Australia’s Clean Energy Fund on “community awareness”. Since 2009 the federal government has been handing out grants to various organisations and individuals to support research into various climate change initiatives, carbon abatement programs and international collaboration. However from June 2011 there appeared to be a shift in where the money is going. Prior to June 2011 there were no grants for “raising awareness” of climate change and reducing “carbon pollution” from the Clean Energy Fund. Since then there has been 15 separate grants totalling three million dollars for community awareness .
Apparently we now need to be “educated” on climate change, and in a big way it would appear.
|Organisation||Grant Amount||Date granted|
|Charles Darwin University||$ 300,000.00||30/03/2012|
|Dirtgirlworld Production||$ 150,000.00||3/02/2012|
|Auburn Community Network||$ 72,121.00||30/01/2012|
|Nature Conservation Council of NSW||$ 211,000.00||27/12/2011|
|Conservation Council of WA||$ 319,420.00||23/01/2012|
|Greening Australia SA||$ 291,200.00||10/01/2012|
|Community Broadcasting Association of Australia Ltd||$ 123,180.00||22/1211|
|Planning Institute of Australia Ltd||$ 123,000.00||22/12/2011|
|Riverina and Murray Regional Organisation of Councils||$ 90,924.00||22/12/2011|
|Environment Victoria Inc||$ 213,125.00||20/12/2011|
|RPH Australia Cooperative Ltd||$ 206,100.00||20/12/2011|
|Australian Council of Trade Unions||$ 93,000.00||19/12/2011|
|Green Cross Australia||$ 200,000.00||19/12/2011|
|Australian Conservation Foundation||$ 398,421.75||21/06/2011|
|Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC)||$ 271,560.00||30/06/2011|
Here is a sample of what the money is for.
“To raise awareness of activity that is reducing carbon pollution and helping to build a clean energy future via complementary communication channels, including public events, online engagement and a Community Climate Challenge behavioural change program in the Illawarra.”
The list is getting longer, but the one I like is the grant going to “Dirtgirlworld Productions”. Yep, sounds just like the type of community based environmentally aware organisation I would like to be associated with! (Ps. Unfortunately it is not what you are probably thinking).
What on earth is going on when not only is the fund giving out money to a problem which according to the last fifteen years, is not really a problem, but they are now throwing money away to tell us how to fix that problem that on present evidence does not really exist? Your hard earned tax dollars at work.
Hmmm. Maybe you too could start up a company spreading the good news about how we can save the planet. Jump aboard the gravy train!