Weekly Wrap | Viral wheely bin, Climate protester sentenced, Renewable energy state race, Jane Fonda and Justin Bieber, and the Winter Olympics
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Friday, December 9th, 2022: This week in the sustainability news cycle…

Who would have thought the top story would have been about a red-wheely bin? Not us. An innocuous photo of an Adelaidian waste bin has taken the internet by storm, as its owner’s only filled it up just once in a year and a half, leaving social media abuzz asking “how, how, teach us your ways”.

More seriously though, this week saw the recently enacted climate protester laws take full effect as Deanna Coco was sentenced to 15 months in jail for her role in disrupting traffic on Sydney Harbour bridge earlier this year. The response has been interesting, with just as many people defending Coco’s actions as there are people celebrating the harsh penalty. 

We talk the renewable energy ‘space race’ going down among the states, Jane Fonda, Justin Bieber, TikTok, and the Winter Olympics along the way. 

Get the full rundown:

Photo of Adelaide bin leave hundred shocked (via news.com.au)

NSW premier describes jailing of climate activist Deanna ‘Violet’ Coco as ‘pleasing to see’ (via The Guardian)

WWF Australia Annual Report 2022 (via WWF Australia)

Annual Climate Change Statement (via The Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment, and Water)

Jane Fonda: climate change and the UN’s ‘racial sacrifice zones’ (via Spectator Australia)

Justin Bieber launches water brand at Qatar World Cup to improve sustainability (via The Chronicle

IOC delays decision on Winter Games host over climate change (via DW)

‘May as well hold it on Mars’: Five weeks before the Winter Olympics, China has almost no snow (via Fox Sports)

We’re also following…

Check out Tucker Lindgren’s TikTok about endangered animals

Read the Washington Post’s op ed on why and how having kids in the wake of climate change is a complex question

How to have eco-friendly sex: the only guide you’ll need for a green bedroom

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