It’s time to decide our future

Our guests in The Sustainable Hour on 1 February 2017 are Simone Boer, leader of City of Greater Geelong’s Our Future project, and Steve Posselt, kayak adventurer.


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Steve Posselt

“It’s time to tell the truth.”
Steve Posselt

Australian engineer and eco-warrior Steve Posselt has paddled his kayak thousands of kilometers overseas and at home to highlight climate impacts. Right now he is paddling 1,200 kilometres down the New South Wales coast, giving talks and collecting signatures on the Climate Emergency Declaration petition along the way. He will then put his kayak on wheels and drag it 180 kilometres to Canberra to deliver the petition on 25 February 2017.


Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Findley signing the Climate Emergency Declaration pledge at Greys Beach, North Nowra, with kayaking climate campaigner Steve Posselt and Trish Kahler, Secretary for Shoalhaven Transition Inc. The video was published on youtube.com and Facebook on 8 February 2017.

“There is not a gift that you can give a man who is trying to tow his kayak up the mountain with his sheer body-power, but I just want to reiterate then that the gift that we CAN give to Steve is the gift of our conversation. He has asked us to do that today, and I think that we should make that pledge individually. That is not just about signing the pledge [the climate emergency declaration petition] but it is about pledging to up our ante [Australian expression which means “to do more”] when it comes to having those conversations with everyone that we know. And I know it is really hard to fit it in – as there are so many issues that face Australia today, but this would have to be the Number One Issue, because this is about all of humanity. So give Steve your gift. Give yourself your gift: go out there and talk to your friends. It is all we can do: to move things along.”
~ Mayor Amanda Findley, Shoalhaven

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Steve Posselt’s speech at Greys Beach, North Nowra, on 4 February 2017


» Read more about Steve’s journey on www.climateemergencydeclaration.org/kayak

» Sign the petition on www.climateemergencydeclaration.org/sign




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“The environmental movement is, in my view, the greatest threat to freedom and prosperity in the modern world.”
~ Myron Ebell, an adviser to the US president Donald Trump’s administration, who led Trump’s transition team for the Environmental Protection Agency

“The green movement is a threat to freedom, just like schools are a threat to stupidity…”
Mark Zimmermann

The enviromental movement is, yes, the “Biggest threat to multinationals that care more about making money than caring for the planet…. Greed is the greatest threat to freedom and prosperity for all in the modern world…”
Helena Clare Cook



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Tourism more export value to Australia than coal

“Australia now makes more money selling tourism services to foreigners than it makes from exporting coal.”


Australia now makes more money selling tourism services to foreigners than it makes from exporting coal.
Annual tourism exports of $47 billion, based on September quarter figures, as compared to coal exports of $41 billion.

» Brisbane Times – 29 January 2017:
Tourism overtakes coal exports as services drive growth



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Our Future

» See www.geelongaustralia.com.au/ourfuture



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‘The State of the Future’

On 18 January 2017, the United Arab Emirates released 112 predictions on ‘The State of the Future’ at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

It contained forecasts for the future of strategic sectors, such as energy, transport, and space for the next 40 years.

Some of their predictions were that 20 per cent of households to run on solar energy by 2020, that plastics in the ocean will outweigh fish pound for pound, and that electric, self-driving cars will make up 90 per cent of all vehicles by 2035.

The report was prepared in collaboration with 21 experts from organisations such as NASA, NYU Langone Medical Center, MIT, ConsenSys, and the SENS Research Foundation.

» See the report (PDF)

» More information about the report on www.mediaoffice.ae



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“Traditionally speaking, climate adaptation seeks to lower the risks posed by the consequences of climate change, including flooding caused by extreme rain events. However, when approached holistically, climate adaptation can also be used to create synergies between a number of urban challenges by addressing several areas of urban development at the same time.”

» State of Green – February 2017:
12 examples of climate-resilient city solutions
The Danish ‘State of Green’ has gathered 12 implemented examples of multifunctional solutions that create more resilient and liveable cities across the world.



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Mainstream weather news

It was shocking to witness how Channel 9 in this case delivered the news that Sydney has just experienced its hottest month every measured: with big smiles and tra-la-la… no context, no background, just all pretending nothing is wrong. Channel 7, SBS and ABC are no better.

» Sign the petition: We call on ABC and SBS to break the silence on the climate emergency

















» The Guardian:
Australia weather: heat threatens power outages and ‘catastrophic’ fire danger



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Acknowledgement

We at The Sustainable Hour would like to pay our respect to the traditional custodians of the land on which we are broadcasting, the Wathaurong People, and pay our respect to their elders, past, present and future.

The traditional owners lived in harmony with the environment and with the climate for hundreds of generations. It is not clear – yet – that as European settlers we have demonstrated that we can live in harmony for hundreds of generations, but it is clear that we can learn from the indigenous, traditional owners of this land.

When we talk about the future, it means extending our respect to those children not yet born, the generations of the future – remembering the old saying that…



The decisions currently being made around Australia to ignore climate change are being made by those who won’t be around by the time the worst effects hit home. How utterly disgusting, disrespectful and unfair is that?




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