It is with mixed feelings but overwhelmingly with excitement that I bring the blog Decarbonise SA to a close. Why stop now? It’s a good question.
Since the beginning I have been working and evolving in the name of making real change in the things I care about. That has meant continually taking on new challenges and also being honest about when it is time to stop. When I started Decarbonises SA in 2011 it was obviously the right thing to do. The blog had an immediate impact, the following grew quickly and, year on year, many of the pieces published here proved influential in national and international discussions. The timing seemed astute. Many stakeholders in Australia were revisiting their approach to nuclear technologies, and it seems my voice was a welcome and valuable part of that.
The results have been tangible. The progress of the nuclear discussion in South Australia has been altogether remarkable. With the forming and now completion of a Royal Commission investigating opportunities in the nuclear fuel cycle, my home state now finds itself examining the opportunity to create globally significant infrastructure and service provision. Many stakeholders deserve credit for this remarkable progress, and the Decarbonise SA community is certainly among them.
That, really, is why it is time to stop. While the outcome has been different to what I foresaw when I started, the job, as it were, is done. The effectiveness of Decarbonise SA as an agent for change has just about hit its ceiling and I could not hope for greater real-world impact from a blog than we have achieved together. The game has changed and we must change with it if we are to keep the progress going. The task at hand now is bigger than a blog and it needs a new voice; a collective voice. So, I am providing one.
I am excited to introduce and welcome you to Bright New World, a new environmental NGO born and based here in South Australia with a global outlook and ambition. Bright New World is the ENGO for everyone who wants to support a better environment, but has felt progressively alienated by the ideology and approaches of the environmentalist establishment. We are here to work, with determination, optimism and hope, for a better global future, a world we believe can be brighter and better than ever before. We are a registered not-for-profit organisation, governed by an independent board, and pursuing tax-deductible gift-recipient status.
I hope you will take some time to explore our new site at http://www.brightnewworld.org . Here are the key values:
- Strongly oriented toward science and technology
- Focused on the crucial role of plentiful, clean energy in resolving human welfare and environmental challenges this century
- Evidence-based and outcome-focused in plans and actions
- Strongly focused on global human development needs
- Optimistic, hopeful and forward looking
- Socially and politically inclusive
- Focused on the return and recovery of biodiversity and natural systems through the decoupling of human welfare from natural resource use
- Led, managed and governed according to the highest professional and ethical standards
For the past five years, Decarbonise SA has operated on a wholly voluntary basis. I have only ever asked for money to fund the Zero Carbon Options report and its second edition, which were remarkably effective contributions to the debate. Aside from that, I have never asked for a cracker. Truth be told, I have regularly directed my own income toward the activities you read about here at Decarbonise SA.
Now, I am asking for your support. Please, if you have enjoyed and valued Decarbonise SA, become a regular financial supporter of Bright New World. Our immediate job is to bring forward a strong “Yes” message for proceeding to next steps in investigating a used fuel service in South Australia. The task will only become bigger and more consequential from there. If you want that too, then I need you. When you become a regular financial supporter, not only do you help keep the doors open, you lend me your voice. If you support Bright New World, then whenever I speak from now on, I can speak for our collective: a community representing civil society that is tired of the junk-science approach to nuclear that typifies the environmentalist mainstream. Bright New World is for those who are ready for hope, ready for responsibility, ready to play a role in making a much better world. This is how we must evolve to win the fights in front of us.
We have a tightly crafted strategy with clear outcomes and goals. We will be executing that strategy with a promise to everyone of you; the same promise I made in the very first post to Decarbonise SA:
Be warned: I’m not here for the talking. My children won’t really thank me for a blog. They will thank me for cleaner, healthier air, and a stable climate. That what Decarbonise SA is here for. And it needs you.
That’s right, Bright New World is about action. We will work diligently and professionally, at all times, to ensure every dollar you give us is leveraged for the maximum in meaningful outcomes. Sometimes that will be public and fun. Other times it will be quiet and you will never know about it. The point is, this is about winning a better future. It’s not about the aggrandisement of any individual or brand name, nor satisfying the urge to protest, nor forming a clique that talks to itself and wonders why the world doesn’t change. It’s about action and change. Most importantly, it’s about all of us, together, bringing forward a new, strong, compelling voice.
It’s time for me to go now and bring this blog to a close. So, let me finish with some important thank yous:
- To the readership. You made it what it is
- To the readers from around the world who, just regularly enough and sometimes with surprising instinct for what I needed, would send me private correspondence to say thank you and express what the blog and my broader work meant to you. You will not believe how much that mattered to me.
- To my opponents for so regularly attacking me including in some remarkably juvenile ways. You never failed to remind me that I was doing the right thing
- To Gemma, for telling me to do it in the first place and supporting the huge commitment of time it became.
- To the mentors and examples: Brave New Climate, Conservation Bytes, Atomic Insights and that bloody upstart The Actinide Age.
- To my global network of allies and friends. We have achieved so much together and you brought profile and credibility to me and my work well before I deserved it, so I hope I lived up to it.
With that… onward, friends. A Bright New World awaits.
11 November 2016
Decarbonise SA stats:
Best views in a single day: 1,420 (September 15, 2014)
Ten most viewed posts:
Welcome to Decarbonise SA. Published 17 April 2011. The post had 15 comments and has received 224 views
Top 5 commenters:
- John Newlands
- Irregular Commentator (needs a new name, clearly)
Total Comments: 4,418
Most commented post: Optus Nuclear? The Conservation Council needs expert reviewers