I spent last weekend at The Annual Australian Environment Foundation (AEF) Conference at Rydges Hotel Lakeside in Canberra. The conference theme was a ‘climate for change’.
But it wasn’t only about ‘climate change’, political analysis Graham Young spoke at the conference about the power of the internet, politics and lobbying and even mentioning this blog. He suggested we were about “community”, “sharing information”, “understanding objections” and also “rehearsing arguments”.
In the context of lobbying Mr Young made reference to the large environment groups’ Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund suggesting they are “successful modern political organisations”.
Outspoken geologist and climate change sceptic, Bob Carter, also made mention of the same two organisations, explaining that Greenpeace with an annual budget of US$272 million and WWF with a budget of US$487 million have more money to spend on lobbying than Australia’s major political parties during a federal election.
There are photographs of some of the delegates and speakers at the AEF conference at the Community Web pages of this blog.