Category Archives: AMPED – Diary

Cairns People’s Climate March

On the 28th of November 2015, The Cairns Climate Action Network (CCAN), with support from Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC), organised the Cairns People’s Climate March. We chose this weekend to coincide with the Paris Climate Talks (COP 21).

As a leader at CCAN, I felt that the march was important to give politicians and delegates at the climate talks the political will to make decisions that will stop the burning of coal, oil and gas in order to keep the further warming of the planet to the lowest possible level.

The many volunteers with CCAN and CAFNEC made this day possible. A special mention should go to Nina Bailey and Fiona Ryan who helped make the day the success that it was.

It was a privilege to be MC on the day, and to introduce Gudju Gudju from Gimuy Walubarra Yidinji for the Welcome to Country, Nanna Purl Stockingstitch from the Knitting Nannas Against Gas, Senator Jan McLucas, Rob Pyne MP, Mayoral Candidate Jim Brooks, David Tibbets from JCU and Brynn Matthews from the Australian Greens.

Thanks to Jen Frei from Frei Films who made a great video of the day. Jen also won the CCAN Cover Photo competition.

As MC I introduced Gudju Gudju from Gimuy Walubarra Yidinji for the Welcome to Country.


Thank you to 7 Local News who gave the March and the climate debate some coverage both on the day and after the fact.

Scan0131 (2) Scan0132 (2)Thanks to the Cairns Post who gave us some coverage before and after the event.

Some pictures of the day by Robbie MacLean.

Interview with Rob Pyne MP at the Stand up for Solar BBQ

On July the 11th, Cairns Climate Action Network (CCAN) hosted a Stand up for Solar BBQ at the Cairns Esplanade which was supported by CAFNEC.

We invited 20 Solar Businesses from the region, and we also invited Federal, State and Cairns Regional Council elected representatives.
Thank you to Rob Pyne MP, Member for Cairns, who spent some time with us, and graciously let me interview him.

I received phone and email apologies from Warren Entsch MP, Senator Jan McLucas, Curtis Pitt MP, Cr Richie Bates and Cr Jessie Richardson. This is great news as it means that our elected representatives now know that their constituents are taking a stand for Renewable Energy.

CCAN Stand up for Solar by Jennifer FreiPhoto by Jennifer Frei.

Thank you to all of the Volunteers and Staff of CCAN and CAFNEC who made the day possible.


JCU Orientation Week with Senator Ian Macdonald and Student Interviews

I had the privilege to speak with Senator Ian Macdonald, The Vice President of the JCU Student Association Laura, and the JCU Sustainability Club’s Lucy and Mathilde at this year’s ‘O Week’.

I also spoke with other Student Leaders and Mentors Aaron, Sarah and Jennifer. My mission is to see how we can empower the community without costing the earth.
It is heartening to see so many intelligent and motivated people at this year’s event.

Senator Ian Macdonald

The Vice President of the JCU Student Association – Laura

The JCU Sustainability Club – Lucy and Mathilde

Business Student Club – Aaron

Inter Alia – Sarah

Creative Industries Student – Jennifer

Jason Becker: Inspirational guitarist who has ALS.

Soon after joining David Lee Roth’s band at the age of 20, Jason Becker was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

In spite of Jason’s incapacitation, he continues to compose music. His life and works were documented in the 2012 film ‘Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet’.

Jason continues to inspire millions with his desire to communicate through his art.


Interviews with Melinda Irvine

Melinda Irvine is a Far North Queensland musician who has just returned to the Philippines to continue her extraordinary volunteer and charity work. Her impetus for volunteering was the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013.

The videos on this page are the interviews that I conducted with Mel in April 2014. They were filmed by Brett Charles of Leftfield Sound Vision and Multimedia, and assisted by Jen Frei from Frei Films.

More information on these interviews can be found at:

If would like to donate to help Mel help the people of Iloilo in the Philippines, you can do so at :

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”  – Mother Teresa






Douglas Reef Rally

 What? Douglas Reef Rally

When? The 23rd of February, 2014

Where? Port Douglas, QLD, AU

Who? Concerned citizens marched to save the Great Barrier Reef.

Why? To save the Reef from the approved dredging and dumping of Three Million Cubic Metres of sediment.
To save the planet from opening up the Galilee Basin to coal mining which will add 705 million tonnes of CO2 to the atmosphere.

Singing credits at the start of the video – Chantelle Wignall.

A golden opportunity for local star Natalie

I am pleased to announce that Natalie Davenport’s Pozible Project to fund her trip to the Philippines to help after Typhoon Haiyan has been successful.

In the Philippines she will be learning to build Windships that are based on the radically sustainable Earthship principle.

Congratulations Natalie on reaching your target and for being a great humanitarian.


‘Do the Math’ – Movie Trailer

If we dredge the reef to build that coal terminal, or if we build an oil pipeline across a country there will be enormous environmental and social impacts. The real question is, what happens to the atmosphere and the planet if we burn all of that fossil fuel?

Scientists have done the math and the answer is that “If humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted, paleoclimate evidence and ongoing climate change suggest that CO2 will need to be reduced from [current levels] to at most 350 ppm.”
Dr. James Hansen.  –

The CO2 levels in the atmosphere are currently around 400 ppm (parts per million). We have already developed the alternatives to burning fossil fuel. Let’s make the change as quickly as we can.

‘Do the Math’ is a very important movie.

“If they carry out their Business Plan the planet tanks” – Bill McKibben