The Sustainable Hour about the energy change

On 12 February 2013, The Sustainable Hour on 94.7 The Pulse looked into what the advantages of solar heating and cooling are, the film Mining the Truth, the Earthworker initiative, and a windpowered Sea Dragon

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Guest in the studio:
Phil Baulch from New Earth Systems uses solar power to bring fresh warm – or cold – air into the house. He explains about the benefits of that.
» Website: www.newearthsystems.com.au

“I have been in retail all my life with motorcycle shops and surf shops, and decided that I would bring the source of my income into alignment with my values. How I could make the best impact in the world, and I realised that it was going to be in the field of energy, so I started looking at how we use energy, particularly in Victoria and Geelong. And for households, for most people, by the far the largest use of energy comes from space heating. Heating and cooling our homes. So I felt, well: Here is where I can go to work.”

Phil ‘Be The Change’ Baulch, New Earth Systems

Also featured in the programme:
Anna Boddenberg who explains about the production of the Australian documentary film ‘Mining the Truth’, and lawyer Andrew Senia, who initiated the competion ‘Icon for Geelong’ and demonstrates the winner, the windpowered Sea Dragon.


Listen to The Sustainable Hour no. 12:


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Excerpts from the programme

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Excerpt 1:
3-minute recording from the Enviro Film Night at Beav’s Bar on 11 February 2014 where Anna Bodenberg talks about the Earthworker Cooperative:



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The Earthworker Cooperative are setting up a Australia-wide network of community-owned cooperatives, beginning with a worker-owned factory that will manufacture high-quality solar hot water systems.
» Home page: www.earthworker.org

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Excerpt 2:
3-minute recording from the Enviro Film Night at Beav’s Bar on 11 February 2014 where Anna Boddenberg talks about the production of the documentary film ‘Mining the Truth’:


» To open or download this programme in mp3-format, right-click here (and use dropdown menu to download)

» Home page of the documentary film: www.miningthetruth.org.au

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Excerpt 3:
7-minute section of the radio show where Andrew Senia talks about the vision for the windpowered water-sculpture for Geelong’s waterfront, the Sea Dragon:


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Mentioned in the programme

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Here’s the links to the various topics we talked about:

» www.miningthetruth.org.au
‘Mining the Truth’ was winner of ‘Best Australian Film’ at the Environmental Film Festival 2013.
In 2012, 60 young people travelled to mining communities around Australia. They heard from traditional owners, miners, doctors, farmers, parents and others who have experienced the impacts of coal and gas development. ‘Mining The Truth’ documents their stories.

» www.earthworker.org
Earthworker will be at the SLF big weekend in Melbourne from Friday to Sunday with information and a solar hot water tank and solar heat pump for people to look at the actual products.
The next Earthworker meeting is on Tuesday 18 February at 6pm at Trades Hall (Carlton), Meeting Room 1.

» www.asen.org.au
The ASEN website has info about the group with Anna Boddenberg is a member of, what they do – as well as ways to get involved and support their projects.

» www.fossilfreeuniversities.org.au
Fossil Free Universities is a campaign coordinated by ASEN at campuses around Australia, looking at university investment in, and links with, fossil fuel companies.

IKEA: Sustainability is the future of business

“Sustainability will be a decisive factor in terms of which businesses will be here in 20 or 30 years time. It is the future of business,” said Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer of IKEA Group.

Many more companies should follow Ikea’s example: Create your own energy, and more than you need. Find commodities that are grown, produced and managed in a sustainable way. Respect the people working for you, treat them right.

China sets new world record for solar installations
An independent organization has suggested that China increased its capacity for power by as much as 12 Gigawatts last year. For the sake of comparison, that is 2 Gigawatts more than the entire solar capacity of the US. It represents three times British capacity.
» Read more: greenpeaceblogs.org

Jeremy Grantham: “The pace of change will surprise everyone”
Legendary hedge fund investor Jeremy Grantham says there is no doubt that solar and wind energy will “completely replace” coal and gas across the globe, it is just a matter of when. The founder of $100 billion funds manager GMO Capital is known as a contrarian. But in his latest quarterly newsletter he suggests that the pace of change in the fuel supply will surprise everyone, and have huge implications for fossil fuel investments.

“The question is only whether it takes 30 years or 70 years. That we will replace oil for land transportation with electricity or fuel cells derived indirectly from electricity is also certain, and there, perhaps, the timing question is whether this will take 20 or 40 years.”
Jeremy Grantham

» Read more: www.reneweconomy.com.au



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Geelong Independent – 6 February 2014:
Sea Dragon comes to life in city amid funding call
Architects have put on display a scale model of a proposed “icon” tourist attraction for Geelong’s waterfront.


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Sustainable Living Festival Geelong

» Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SustainableLivingFestivalGeelong

» For more information about the festival in Melbourne and elsewhere in Victoria, go to: www.slf.org.au

» Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SustainableLivingFestival


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Music

These were the songs we played in The Sustainable Hour on 12 February 2014:

SolarEdge: ‘Solar Gangnam Style’
Published on youtube.com on 17 December 2012


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You can listen to all of the radio shows in full length as well as in excerpts. Use the links below. You will also find links to more information about the topics and sites that have been mentioned during the hour.

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