David Simon: “What I have found myself writing about is the end of empire: what happens when the affluent decide not to pay their share.”

I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that David Simon has transformed the way many of us think about the interconnectedness of the social issues that plague our cities and communities in the C 21st. The Wire zoomed out, from the street corner to city hall, weaving an epic narrative on the political and economic pressures fracturing labor rights, hollowing-out education and crippling policing.

At the very least, he changed writing for television, and raised the bar for all comers.

So of course I was stupidly excited to hear that he’d be speaking at the BMW Guggenheim Lab on the LES. Simon took the mic and spoke honestly, angrily and informally, without notes, for two hours straight. I found myself agreeing with almost every point he raised. I stood on the edge of the crowd and took notes till my thumbs hurt.

Here’s all the quotes I managed to capture. They’re a bit random and disconnected, but you’ll get the general idea of the tone of his talk.

David Simon, NYC. August 31, 2011.

What I have found myself writing about is the end of empire: what happens when the affluent decide not to pay their share.

What we’re looking at now is the moral equivalent of a gated community…. I’ve got mine, so fuck him.

What we are looking at is the triumph of capital. I would date it to 1980: there has been a class war, and my class is winning.

Capitalism is the only way to build mass wealth: it is not a meaningful blueprint for a just society.

It’s a casino: if you mistake it for a mechanism that will build a just society, you do that at your peril. We’ve been doing that for 30 years.

The good news is that it’s going to get worse… It won’t be in NY, it’ll be in St Louis or another place like that… It’ll happen in places where the game is so rigged, where the crumbs that fall from the table are so small, that people will rise up.

The thing that made America great is organized labor… If you look at what labor gave us, it didn’t just give us a living wage. It created a consumer class, people who were willing to buy shit, that is the engine that drives the American economy.

If you come to NY you feel like the center of the universe, everything happens first here… It’s the triumph of NY that the rest of the world doesn’t matter that much. The problem is that whatever cancer the rest of the country is experiences, you don’t feel it here.

People are being thrown away, people that we dont need, people being trained for the corner. When you just don’t need 15-20% of your population anymore, economically, all you can do is make them chow for the system. It makes economic sense to make money off human misery.

Our prisons are publicly traded companies. How do you get 6 or 8% profits when you’re running prisons? You have to make it a growth industry: you have to send more people to jail.

We have more people in jail in America by sheer number and percentage than China, than any other state in the world…. Criminal justice is the largest growing lobbying group. The core chow is people trying to move to a better life, and low-level drug offenders.

Capital has not only achieved this for itself, it has also purchased the government that you might want to use to do something about it.

Two things: opt out for drug wars, acquit low level offenders.

Question time: usually 50% of questions about Omar

Question on the response to Obama’s healthcare plan: this is about the upper middle class, the middle class, and even the working class saying: if someone is below me, fuck em. What do you think the concept of group healthcare is? It’s socialistic. What they’re saying is I want socialism for me, for people who look like me, who work where I work. When people who are affluent do this, that’s a society in decline.

I’m not looking for moustache twirlers: I just think money routes itself. I think the collapse of high end media isn’t a conspiracy, I think that it’s just good luck for capital.

I took my buyout (from The Baltimore Sun) before the Internet, with 100 other reporters, when the Sun was making a 37% profit. This wasn’t a technological issue: only one thing makes society and people that stupid: money. They could make more money putting out a shittier product. All we have left is Barnum, putting our hand in the next guy’s pocket. If they can make money now, they don’t care if the industry survives the next three months.

I think things can change: I think the first good sign is the Times charging for content.

Question on whether is is better to make these points through art, than journalism: I get more attention: I get to do nice things like talk to you about cities tonight because I made a television show… I wouldn’t have been invited here if I was the police reporter for the Balitmore Sun.

It doesn’t work because it’s more expensive than journalism: it costs HBO $30 or 40 million to make a
season of the Wire or Treme… That’s too much money and it takes too long.

Question about filmmaking: I dont know anything about making a film. I have a general studies degree from the University of Maryland.

I can’t tell a story in a medium where you have to stop every 12 minutes to sell people shit. You need to keep eyeballs…. And you can’t tell a story that is dark, much less something that is tragic, because no one wants to watch that shit and then go out and buy iPads and Lincoln Continentals… Premium cable has taken that dynamic and shattered it…. Now that it’s about DVDs and on demand, the ratings mean even less. That economic model makes possible storytelling that is plausible.

I tend not to hire TV writers: I think it’s easier to bring journalists and novelists through the keyhole  into TV. If they make tv I don’t want them: I’m scared that it’ll end up too much like TV.

Next show: We can’t find anyone who is willing to do anything on organized labor. I’d love to do mini-series on key moments in organized labor, but no one is interested. It’s like talking about a museum piece for most people.

I see the American middle class as a person at a casino with the hand on a machine, not noticing everyone around them going bust. All they can see is the guy two rows over who is winning, and all the bells and whistles are going off… There is the secret notion among all these people who are getting creamed that one day I might be the guy on the machine that wins. It’s that level of perfect greed that our political demagoguery takes advantage of to get people to vote against their own interests.

What people forget when they bitch about welfare is that 99% of that money goes straight back into the economy. When rich people make money is goes into the bank.

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I’m so honoured to be featured (with Elinor!) in the International Women’s Day special of this month’s @marieclaireau. I got to rave about the inspiration and confidence boost I get from seeing @jacindaardern running NZ, showing the world what compassionate, future-focused leadership looks like, while being a young mum. You can’t be what you can’t see and #BecauseOfHer I feel more empowered to do what I do. I got around to reading this last night while in the ER with my mum, she’s ok, it’s the ongoing crap that follows after cancer. I have to add, it’s #BecauseOfHer that I can do any of what I do. Despite having her own challenges my mum has been so incredibly supportive and present to help making mothering and politics possible. Thank you mum. Also, Pat, life only works #BecauseOfHim being the most dedicated dad. Thank you @lizhamdotcom for the beautiful photos and @alleypascoe for the story. Go buy it! Share it! It’s packed with wonder women to lift your spirit.

I’m so honoured to be featured (with Elinor!) in the International Women’s Day special of this month’s @marieclaireau. I got to rave about the inspiration and confidence boost I get from seeing @jacindaardern running NZ, showing the world what compassionate, future-focused leadership looks like, while being a young mum. You can’t be what you can’t see and #BecauseOfHer I feel more empowered to do what I do. I got around to reading this last night while in the ER with my mum, she’s ok, it’s the ongoing crap that follows after cancer. I have to add, it’s #BecauseOfHer that I can do any of what I do. Despite having her own challenges my mum has been so incredibly supportive and present to help making mothering and politics possible. Thank you mum. Also, Pat, life only works #BecauseOfHim being the most dedicated dad. Thank you @lizhamdotcom for the beautiful photos and @alleypascoe for the story. Go buy it! Share it! It’s packed with wonder women to lift your spirit.

What a way to celebrate 100 #ArtandAbout #publicart works: Lara Schnitger, Patchwork of Light, recognises the women who have shaped this city, from Eora fisherwomen to early suffragettes, to today. It kicked off with a procession from @sydneyoperahouse to Customs House, and you can find the work lighting up Reiby Place – recognising another pioneering woman. A beautiful moment in the lead up to #IWD2020 too…

What a way to celebrate 100 #ArtandAbout #publicart works: Lara Schnitger, Patchwork of Light, recognises the women who have shaped this city, from Eora fisherwomen to early suffragettes, to today. It kicked off with a procession from @sydneyoperahouse to Customs House, and you can find the work lighting up Reiby Place - recognising another pioneering woman. A beautiful moment in the lead up to #IWD2020 too...

Nice work @visitpaddington & @localeastmagazine on your newest creation: #LocalPaddo! I’m a sucker for a classy print number & this is a beauty, it’s already put me on to some fab new Paddo spots. Check it out! Congrats editor Elizabeth Meryment, contributors & all the local businesses looking good inside. Thanks for the great event tonight, Paddington Business Partnership, & lovely to see @priceforpaddington too!

Nice work @visitpaddington & @localeastmagazine on your newest creation: #LocalPaddo! I’m a sucker for a classy print number & this is a beauty, it’s already put me on to some fab new Paddo spots. Check it out! Congrats editor Elizabeth Meryment, contributors & all the local businesses looking good inside. Thanks for the great event tonight, Paddington Business Partnership, & lovely to see @priceforpaddington too!

I know people are worried at the moment, but we’ve got to keep showing the love for the businesses and people who power our wonderful Haymarket – Chinatown, Koreatown and Thaitown – it was fab to sneak out of Committees prep today and have lunch with my #TeamClover pals. We’re working on some ways to help but one way we can all help is delicious: keep going out!#DontDumpTheDumplings #IllEatWithYou

I know people are worried at the moment, but we’ve got to keep showing the love for the businesses and people who power our wonderful Haymarket - Chinatown, Koreatown and Thaitown - it was fab to sneak out of Committees prep today and have lunch with my #TeamClover pals. We’re working on some ways to help but one way we can all help is delicious: keep going out!#DontDumpTheDumplings #IllEatWithYou

‪So much love and diversity, pride, creativity and community on the streets of Sydney tonight! ‬ ‪Much love to our LGBTQIA community: it’s an honour to walk beside you and a joy to march in #MardiGras2020 with #TeamClover and a host of progressive independents from across the city. ‬ ‪Happy #MardiGras – stay fabulous, Sydney! ‬

‪So much love and diversity, pride, creativity and community on the streets of Sydney tonight! ‬ ‪Much love to our LGBTQIA community: it’s an honour to walk beside you and a joy to march in #MardiGras2020 with #TeamClover and a host of progressive independents from across the city. ‬ ‪Happy #MardiGras - stay fabulous, Sydney! ‬

I love my #TeamClover fam, it’s amazing to work with talented, experienced, principled people like Clover, Philip, Miller & Robert – as well as the wonderful network of Clover vollies & supporters – it’s such a great community. We share the same values & goal of making Sydney an inclusive, sustainable, creative city for everyone, one that’s a positive model for the future. Our team will be running again in this year’s local government election & we’ll be expanding our team with even more city-lovers soon – watch this space! We can’t do it without your support, please let us know if you want to be part of our fam too!

I love my #TeamClover fam, it’s amazing to work with talented, experienced, principled people like Clover, Philip, Miller & Robert - as well as the wonderful network of Clover vollies & supporters - it’s such a great community. We share the same values & goal of making Sydney an inclusive, sustainable, creative city for everyone, one that’s a positive model for the future. Our team will be running again in this year’s local government election & we’ll be expanding our team with even more city-lovers soon - watch this space! We can’t do it without your support, please let us know if you want to be part of our fam too!

Congrats to @groundswellgiving on bringing together people committed to giving $$$ for #climateaction. If you have the means to contribute $20 a week, Groundswell raises money to fund climate advocacy, such as the work of the retired emergency chiefs who have been fighting misinformation over the colossal summer of fires we’ve just had. Tonight featured a collaborative artwork by @tonyalbert, a projection by Joan Ross @wecallthisatree a talk by Tim Flannery and a performance by Paul Kelly (with friends). Congratulations to the wonderful founders @clare_herschell @climateactionanna and @arielleaxel and to everyone who is giving to make change for our future.

Congrats to @groundswellgiving on bringing together people committed to giving $$$ for #climateaction. If you have the means to contribute $20 a week, Groundswell raises money to fund climate advocacy, such as the work of the retired emergency chiefs who have been fighting misinformation over the colossal summer of fires we’ve just had. Tonight featured a collaborative artwork by @tonyalbert, a projection by Joan Ross @wecallthisatree a talk by Tim Flannery and a performance by Paul Kelly (with friends). Congratulations to the wonderful founders @clare_herschell @climateactionanna and @arielleaxel and to everyone who is giving to make change for our future.

Is your business wheelchair accessible? What about your favourite pub, cafe or park? Starting this Sunday in Erko @wheeleasy are rolling out #MappingMarch, a way for all of us to document and promote the businesses and places that welcome everyone. Can you come along and help map your slice of Sydney? Could you list your business?Aside from the session on Sunday in Erskineville, other Wheelie Great Days Out include:March 7th – UltimoMarch 14th – WoolloomoolooMarch 15th – The RocksMarch 21st – Surry HillsMarch 28th – Redfern

Is your business wheelchair accessible? What about your favourite pub, cafe or park? Starting this Sunday in Erko @wheeleasy are rolling out #MappingMarch, a way for all of us to document and promote the businesses and places that welcome everyone. Can you come along and help map your slice of Sydney? Could you list your business?Aside from the session on Sunday in Erskineville, other Wheelie Great Days Out include:March 7th - UltimoMarch 14th - WoolloomoolooMarch 15th - The RocksMarch 21st - Surry HillsMarch 28th - Redfern

How accessible is your business, your street, your park? Your favourite beach, cafe, museum or playground? @wheeleasy is the “TripAdvisor of accessibility”, mapping places people with limited mobility can get to with ease – and it’s not just these 3.4 million Australians – it’s their friends and families, too! If you’re not listed, or if you have places to add, be a part of #MappingMarch. Supported by @cityofsydney, @wheeleasy are hosting six crowdsourced map-a-thons in our town centres every weekend this March. Come join in and find out how to add your favourite spots. Big congrats and thanks to @wheeleasy founders Max and Justine for this crucial contribution to a city for all.#sydneylocal #sydneylocalbusiness #accessibility #mobility

How accessible is your business, your street, your park? Your favourite beach, cafe, museum or playground? @wheeleasy is the “TripAdvisor of accessibility”, mapping places people with limited mobility can get to with ease - and it’s not just these 3.4 million Australians - it’s their friends and families, too! If you’re not listed, or if you have places to add, be a part of #MappingMarch. Supported by @cityofsydney, @wheeleasy are hosting six crowdsourced map-a-thons in our town centres every weekend this March. Come join in and find out how to add your favourite spots. Big congrats and thanks to @wheeleasy founders Max and Justine for this crucial contribution to a city for all.#sydneylocal #sydneylocalbusiness #accessibility #mobility

The beautiful untitled (maraong manaóuwi) by Jonathan Jones at a newly reimagined Hyde Park Barracks. Part of #ArtandAbout, this work combines the emu footprint with the convict broad arrow, made from gravel from Wiradjuri country. Like all Jonathan Jones’ work, it skilfully plays with memory and erasure from the moment it is completed.

The beautiful untitled (maraong manaóuwi) by Jonathan Jones at a newly reimagined Hyde Park Barracks. Part of #ArtandAbout, this work combines the emu footprint with the convict broad arrow, made from gravel from Wiradjuri country. Like all Jonathan Jones’ work, it skilfully plays with memory and erasure from the moment it is completed.

Want to have a picnic this weekend? Surry Hills has you covered. Incredible treats prepared and packed up for you by the finest providores and restaurants, performances and music across the neighbourhood, and a huge interactive floral art wall, just for starters. Bring some friends, pick up an @aconnsw picnic rug, and enjoy: you’ll be raising funds for a great cause and seeing your city in a whole new way. You can preorder your picnic now, check it out, link in bio… Big congrats to Surry Hills Creative Precinct @shcpinc for kicking off this exciting new addition to Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras @sydneymardigras – pic borrowed from #PicnicSurryHills #MardiGras2020

Want to have a picnic this weekend? Surry Hills has you covered. Incredible treats prepared and packed up for you by the finest providores and restaurants, performances and music across the neighbourhood, and a huge interactive floral art wall, just for starters. Bring some friends, pick up an @aconnsw picnic rug, and enjoy: you’ll be raising funds for a great cause and seeing your city in a whole new way. You can preorder your picnic now, check it out, link in bio... Big congrats to Surry Hills Creative Precinct @shcpinc for kicking off this exciting new addition to Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras @sydneymardigras - pic borrowed from #PicnicSurryHills #MardiGras2020

#FairDay highlights: meeting the fabulous SES Sydney crew (& their mascot Paddy the Platypus), working the #TeamClover stall with my cute new recruit, seeing Mardi Gras’ powerhouse Kate Wickett and our amazing Sydney MP @alexgreenwich, and of course our team. Thanks to everyone who stopped for a chat today, stay cool out there! #mardigras2020

#FairDay highlights: meeting the fabulous SES Sydney crew (& their mascot Paddy the Platypus), working the #TeamClover stall with my cute new recruit, seeing Mardi Gras’ powerhouse Kate Wickett and our amazing Sydney MP @alexgreenwich, and of course our team. Thanks to everyone who stopped for a chat today, stay cool out there! #mardigras2020

We’re in the shady upper corner of #FairDay, come say hi! #TeamClover @alexgreenwich @clovermoore

We’re in the shady upper corner of #FairDay, come say hi! #TeamClover @alexgreenwich @clovermoore

Tonight was one of those nights that makes me feel like the work we do on council really matters. Clover, Philip, Alex and I joined the other funders and stakeholders for the launch of HammondCare Darlinghurst: a 43-bed nursing home for homeless or at-risk people. It’s a place that will deliver a permanent home and wrap-around services for some of the most vulnerable people in our community, right in the heart of our community, and I’m so proud the City of Sydney stood up to be the first funder of this extraordinary and important project. Sometimes councilyffff can be exhausting, but in the last three years I had the chance to support the first grant for this project, to see it come through our planning committee and design panels, and tonight I got to stand in there and know people will be living here and making it their home in two weeks. I’m so moved and happy to have been a small part in delivering something like this that contributes to the fairer city we can be.

Tonight was one of those nights that makes me feel like the work we do on council really matters. Clover, Philip, Alex and I joined the other funders and stakeholders for the launch of HammondCare Darlinghurst: a 43-bed nursing home for homeless or at-risk people. It’s a place that will deliver a permanent home and wrap-around services for some of the most vulnerable people in our community, right in the heart of our community, and I’m so proud the City of Sydney stood up to be the first funder of this extraordinary and important project. Sometimes councilyffff can be exhausting, but in the last three years I had the chance to support the first grant for this project, to see it come through our planning committee and design panels, and tonight I got to stand in there and know people will be living here and making it their home in two weeks. I’m so moved and happy to have been a small part in delivering something like this that contributes to the fairer city we can be.

So fabulous to be at the Queens Cross Hotel (aka the Kings Cross Hotel) for the first @cityofsydney Nightlife Business Pitch & Collaboration session – we’ll be running these twice a year to help keep creatives & venues in the loop of the grants & planning changes that might help them. The next will be in a couple of months, drop me a line if you want to come!

So fabulous to be at the Queens Cross Hotel (aka the Kings Cross Hotel) for the first @cityofsydney Nightlife Business Pitch & Collaboration session - we’ll be running these twice a year to help keep creatives & venues in the loop of the grants & planning changes that might help them. The next will be in a couple of months, drop me a line if you want to come!

The city just wouldn’t run without the time and care that volunteers put in: a big thank you to all the vollies who help us put on Lunar Festival, NYE, who help us to do the street count*, run tours of Town Hall and tend to community gardens… the list is endless! It was lovely to join Clover tonight to celebrate these generous, committed people who make the world go round.Special shout to out to our international student volunteers, like Rahim and Hamid, who told me how helpful volunteering has been in introducing them to the city and connecting them with new people. Sydney thanks you! *if you’ve been thinking about volunteering on the homelessness street count, now is the time to sign up: link in my bio #SydneyLocal #volunteer

The city just wouldn’t run without the time and care that volunteers put in: a big thank you to all the vollies who help us put on Lunar Festival, NYE, who help us to do the street count*, run tours of Town Hall and tend to community gardens... the list is endless! It was lovely to join Clover tonight to celebrate these generous, committed people who make the world go round.Special shout to out to our international student volunteers, like Rahim and Hamid, who told me how helpful volunteering has been in introducing them to the city and connecting them with new people. Sydney thanks you! *if you’ve been thinking about volunteering on the homelessness street count, now is the time to sign up: link in my bio #SydneyLocal #volunteer

#LunarFestival roars along! Come join us on Saturday at the Green Square Lunar New Year Celebrations: there will be a red packet handout, lion dancing performance, lion dancing workshop and classical music program. #LunarNewYear #sydneylocal When/Where: Saturday 8 Feb 10am, Green Square Library and Plaza.

#LunarFestival roars along! Come join us on Saturday at the Green Square Lunar New Year Celebrations: there will be a red packet handout, lion dancing performance, lion dancing workshop and classical music program. #LunarNewYear #sydneylocal When/Where: Saturday 8 Feb 10am, Green Square Library and Plaza.

Another fun #LunarNewYear #LunarFestival event this morning: dotting the dragon boat eyes at Darling Harbour. Scores of dragon boat teams gather to race every new year, while the waters are blessed by Buddhist monks and the boats have the eyes, ears, nose and head painted with red ink by officials (like yours truly and my monkey mate Cr Robert Kok)… a special touch this year was a totally vegetarian ceremonial banquet! The usual roasted pig was replaced by mushroom, beans, peanuts and noodles, along with the regular cakes.

Another fun #LunarNewYear #LunarFestival event this morning: dotting the dragon boat eyes at Darling Harbour. Scores of dragon boat teams gather to race every new year, while the waters are blessed by Buddhist monks and the boats have the eyes, ears, nose and head painted with red ink by officials (like yours truly and my monkey mate Cr Robert Kok)... a special touch this year was a totally vegetarian ceremonial banquet! The usual roasted pig was replaced by mushroom, beans, peanuts and noodles, along with the regular cakes.

Come check out some local talent tonight at the very first @artistsofpostcode2010 exhibition at 205 Oxford St – it’s kicking off from 6!

Come check out some local talent tonight at the very first @artistsofpostcode2010 exhibition at 205 Oxford St - it’s kicking off from 6!

We launched #LunarLanterns last night! So wonderful to meet many of the artists from Sydney to Seoul who’ve designed these works. Come explore them down at Circular Quay for the next week!

We launched #LunarLanterns last night! So wonderful to meet many of the artists from Sydney to Seoul who’ve designed these works. Come explore them down at Circular Quay for the next week!

So I’ve been unwell and outta action for a couple of weeks – which is why I’ve been a bit quiet – but I had to emerge tonight. The News Corp lie-in brought together a lot of us who are outraged by the toxic impact that the Murdoch media have had on our country: poisoning public debate and campaigning against #climateaction. It has been astonishing seeing how viciously they target Clover and our work at the City, because we stand for everything – environmental responsibility and social justice – that they seek to undermine. I hope 2020 is the year we finally dilute their influence in our politics and show them that most Australians are more caring and concerned than News Ltd gives us credit for. Thanks for inviting me to speak, wonderful liars (in the street, that is), it was an honour, and I got to see some of my favourite truth-tellers like @paulinelockie and @mehreenfaruqi. #tellthetruth #murdochmedia

So I’ve been unwell and outta action for a couple of weeks - which is why I’ve been a bit quiet - but I had to emerge tonight. The News Corp lie-in brought together a lot of us who are outraged by the toxic impact that the Murdoch media have had on our country: poisoning public debate and campaigning against #climateaction. It has been astonishing seeing how viciously they target Clover and our work at the City, because we stand for everything - environmental responsibility and social justice - that they seek to undermine. I hope 2020 is the year we finally dilute their influence in our politics and show them that most Australians are more caring and concerned than News Ltd gives us credit for. Thanks for inviting me to speak, wonderful liars (in the street, that is), it was an honour, and I got to see some of my favourite truth-tellers like @paulinelockie and @mehreenfaruqi. #tellthetruth #murdochmedia

Have you heard about #LunarLanes this Saturday night? Chinatown will in #LunarNewYear party mode from 5pm, with stages for live music and entertainment, DJs, arcade games and amusement rides, kids craft, lion dances galore and of course, incredible food! I’m particularly excited about the giant gold Metal Rat sculpture and the 10m long LED dragon… in the multi-culti spirit of Lunar Festival there’s performances from Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese and Indonesian communities, so there’s lots to explore. More info in the link in my bio, hope to see you there! #LunarFestival @haymarketlove @cityofsydney

Have you heard about #LunarLanes this Saturday night? Chinatown will in #LunarNewYear party mode from 5pm, with stages for live music and entertainment, DJs, arcade games and amusement rides, kids craft, lion dances galore and of course, incredible food! I’m particularly excited about the giant gold Metal Rat sculpture and the 10m long LED dragon... in the multi-culti spirit of Lunar Festival there’s performances from Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese and Indonesian communities, so there’s lots to explore. More info in the link in my bio, hope to see you there! #LunarFestival @haymarketlove @cityofsydney

There’s nothing natural about this disaster. We’ve been warned for years that summers would get hotter, that floods, fires, cyclones and droughts would get more severe. And yet both sides of politics allowed the climate vandals of the fossil fuel industry to keep exploiting the earth and threatening life itself.That needs to end, now. New permits and mining leases need to be suspended. And for the existing installations, at the bare minimum, we need a Climate Disaster Levy on fossil fuels to #MakePollutersPay. Thank you @theausinstitute for leading on this. ‬ ‪Please sign and spread the word – link in my bio. ‬

There’s nothing natural about this disaster. We’ve been warned for years that summers would get hotter, that floods, fires, cyclones and droughts would get more severe. And yet both sides of politics allowed the climate vandals of the fossil fuel industry to keep exploiting the earth and threatening life itself.That needs to end, now. New permits and mining leases need to be suspended. And for the existing installations, at the bare minimum, we need a Climate Disaster Levy on fossil fuels to #MakePollutersPay. Thank you @theausinstitute for leading on this. ‬ ‪Please sign and spread the word - link in my bio. ‬

Merry Christmas everyone! We’re halfway through Elinor’s first party season – Scully Christmas yesterday & Armstrong Christmas today – sending you all lots of love! Special hugs for everyone who is displaced or a bit shaken this year, our Mountains fam are all Christmassing far from home because of the fires, thinking of you all

Merry Christmas everyone! We’re halfway through Elinor’s first party season - Scully Christmas yesterday & Armstrong Christmas today - sending you all lots of love! Special hugs for everyone who is displaced or a bit shaken this year, our Mountains fam are all Christmassing far from home because of the fires, thinking of you all

I wish we didn’t have to be here, but our leaders have failed us and our state, our country, our world is on fire. We need #climateaction before this becomes the new normal.

I wish we didn’t have to be here, but our leaders have failed us and our state, our country, our world is on fire. We need #climateaction before this becomes the new normal.