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In the 103rd Sustainable Hour on 94.7 The Pulse on 9 December 2015, we talk with Alison Marchant from Frack Free Moriac and Lock the Gate about the 200-page inquiry report on fracking which a commission has put together for the Victorian government. What is the outcome? Will we see a ban on fracking in Victoria now?

Adam Majcher from ClimateWorks spoke at the Act on Climate Festival opening night about ‘Pathways to a Low Carbon Future’. We play a recording of his speech where he gives advice as to how Geelong and Australia can build a prosperous clean economy.

Anisa Rogers, participant in Flood the System, tells us what is planned for a non-violent direct action event in Melbourne on 10 December 2015.

Rebecca Gilling from Planet Ark tells us about the ‘12 Do’s’ for Christmas. More below.



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Final report on unconventional gas tabled in Victorian parliament

On 8 December 2015, an inquiry committee tabled it’s final report in the Victorian parliament. This long awaited report will be used by the Labor Government to make a decision about the future of onshore and unconventional gas mining in Victoria. Friends of the Earth Melbourne wrote:

“The report at no time recommends a lifting of the current moratorium and several additional minority reports recommend the Labor Government support a ban.

Over 70 gasfield free communities across Victoria are calling on the Andrews Government to focus on the recommendation made by Labor MPs Shaun Leane and Harriet Shing, Greens MP Samantha Dunn and Fishers & Shooters MP Daniel Young, who are calling for a permanent ban.

In minority reports, they clearly stated that this industry, if allowed to go ahead threatened the agriculture industry, without any guarantees that water, the environment and communities will be protected.”

» Read more on www.melbourne.foe.org.au

» Read more on www.frackfreegeelong.org

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» Download the Committee’s Final Report.

» Alison Marchant’s twitter tag: @alinojnat









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‘The 12 Do’s of Christmas’, which Rebecca Gilling talks about in The Sustainable Hour, aims to increase visits to www.RecyclingNearYou.com.au – and thereby help individuals and businesses increase the recycling rate for a wide range of items.

The 12 Do’s campaign also encourages people to reconsider their purchasing behaviour to help minimise waste.

» www.12dos.planetark.org


“When we throw away food, we’re also throwing away the land, water, and energy used to produce that food. ”
Pete Pearson, Director of Food Waste, WWF


» WWF: How to reduce food waste this holiday season
WWF’s Pete Pearson on practicing conservation in your kitchen



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Pathways to a low carbon future – How Australia can build a prosperous clean economy

By Adam Majcher

Adam Majcher


Click on player above to listen to the speech – or  download the mp3 file

Adam Majcher is Engagement Manager at ClimateWorks. Working on building public understanding of the feasibility and benefits to a zero net emissions future. Adam formerly headed up The Climate Reality Project Australia – Al Gore’s climate change leadership program.

The action plan for a low carbon economy
In his speech on 20 November 2015 at the opening night of the Act on Climate festival in Geelong, Adam Majcher talked about the 2050 Pathways project which models one potential pathway to zero net emissions in Australia, and shows that it can be done.

While there are many other potential pathways, and the possibility of technological breakthroughs and innovations, the three steps which are suggested in this model should guide decision making, said Adam Majcher.

» www.2050pathways.net.au

» Listen to more speeches from the Act on Climate festival opening night



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Climate talks may not matter, because coal and oil will be redundant anyway”

“2°C is not a target. Zero emissions is a target. We cannot control 2°C, but we can control zero carbon.”
Tony Seba, a leading academic from Stanford University

Tony Seba is not that concerned with the outcome in Paris, and the fact that it will likely fall short of the ultimate goal – a binding agreement to limit global warming to well below 2°C. Climate talks may not matter, because coal and oil will be redundant anyway, he says:

“When you look at the industry from a technology cost curve and the adoption of the market of technologies such as solar and electric vehicles, and energy storage, and the astonishing progress in self driving cars, it’s actually happening more quickly than I predicted.”

For more than a century, energy generation has been centralised and all the decisions were made by big banks and regulatory agencies. Consumers had no input. That is now changing. The uptake of solar PV is consumer driven, and it will be the same with electric vehicles and battery storage.

“When something is consumer driven and distributed, it is different. The conventional industry either doesn’t understand that, or doesn’t want to understand that,” Seba says.

» Read Giles Parkinson’s article from 4 December 2015 on RenewEconomy.com.au:
Paris COP21: Climate talks may not matter, because coal and oil will be redundant anyway

There is a five minute audio file as well with Tony Seba which we played in The Sustainable Hour.



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Renewable Revolution – Green TV reporting from Paris COP21

COP21 Daily News: Renewable Revolution Powers Momentum at Paris Climate Talks – published on youtube.com on 7 December 2015.

“From big business to small enchanted islands the progress made in the renewable sector is making it easier to see a path to a world powered by 100% renewable energy.”



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Anisa Rogers
Anisa Rogers

Flood The System

“As the Paris Climate talks comes to a close, and governments all over have failed to deliver the targets that we need, we are targeting two examples of the broken system that is failing people and environment.”

“The disruption we are causing here today is minor when compared to the climate and community disruption that these companies and our extractivist economic system are facilitating.”


» #ConnectTheDots
» #FloodTheSystem

» See photos from the action in Melbourne on www.flickr.com

» www.facebook.com/directactionmelbourne



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Music we played in The Sustainable Hour

‘Austalia (Whore of the World)’ by John Gordon

A protest song about Australia’s ‘open slather’ mining culture. Published on youtube.com on 26 September 2011.



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