by SH

The Occasional Quartet (Justina Lui, Miriam Oldfield, Lyndal Rowlands & Angel Duan) trial a new makeshift form of improvisation loosely based on John Zorn’s game Cobra, with some significant alterations. Players adjust each others’ sounds using coloured flags and hand signals, forming an internally regulated pattern of sound.

After the performance, Beyond Zero Emissions co-founder Mark Ogge chatted to us about the campaign he has spearheaded to switch the source of the Port Augusta power plant from coal to solar. On an issue closer to home, NAGA adviser Judy Bush from the Moreland Energy Foundation enlightened us on how to mitigate the urban heat island effect in Brunswick (which will be exacerbated by climate change).

In the discussion afterwards it emerged that

1) the climate change issue transcends the political divide between left and right (long-time Port Augusta major Joy Baluch, for example, is about as right-wing as they come, and yet she is rampantly for replacing coal with solar).

2) the NAGA (the Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action, a conglomerate of Melbourne city councils) are spurred by the incentive to “green” city councils (e.g. by replacing lightbulbs in city council buildings) because these measures are not only greener but also cheaper.

3) “energy efficiency” and “renewable energy” go hand-in-hand — there is no point in switching to renewables if we are wasteful in our use of energy to begin with.

4) the “Gaia Hypothesis” is the theory (developed by James Lovelock) that the earth can be considered an integrated system of organic and inorganic systems a with self-regulatory mechanism. According to Asha Bee Abraham from the Moreland Energy Foundation, the theory implies that climate change is like a “fever” that will purge the harm done by humans thus far on the planet (will it purge us in the process? or is our capacity to correct our behavior a part of this self-corrective mechanism?)

There was more…but I have to get back to the beach and have one other thing to post…