Standing your ground for the bigger picture

Our guest in the sustainable studio is Petra Goerschel, member of Geelong Sustainability’s committee, for a talk about coal mines, values, our future, and much more.

On the way through the hour, we listen to a #StopAdani speech by Stephen Higgs, a former principal of Ballarat Grammar, and to the beautiful song ‘Adani’ by Ruth Mundy.


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It’s 3:23 in the morning and I’m awake
because my great great grandchildren won’t let me sleep.
My great great grandchildren ask me in dreams
what did you do, while the planet was plundered?
what did you do, when the earth was unraveling?

Surely you did something when the seasons started failing?
as the mammals, reptiles, and birds were all dying?

Did you fill the streets with protest when democracy was stolen?

what did you do
once
you
knew

Drew Dellinger




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“As we are seeing with what has been put out about the Adani Carmichael coal mine, facts are transient. As my professor once said: “A fact is something that one person has convinced a group of people to believe until someone else convinces that same group of people of something else.”

We don’t perceive the truth, we perceive what we believe, and beliefs are changeable.

Watching ‘The Sugar Story’ on tv the other night reaffirmed this. I was thrilled that people are waking up out of the fog and revealing the truth.

Also as a community we are so good with labels. The detrimental impact of labels is well known. People with ‘disabilities’ should be considered as ‘people with different abilities’, and we all have those.”
~ Petra Goerschel



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#StopAdani Geelong launch at Beavs Bar

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Eight out of ten Australians are on board – so… what are we waiting for?

A survey done by the Global Challenges Forum has found that eight out of ten Australians – 81% of the 1,000 Australian participants in the poll – agree with the proposition:
 

“Do you think we should try to prevent climate catastrophes, which might not occur for several decades or centuries, even if it requires making considerable changes that impact on our current living standards?”

Eight out ten Australian answered yes to that question: Yes, we are ready to make “considerable changes” – “that impact on our current living standards”!
 
The figure across the 8,000 people polled in eight countries – Australia, China, India, Brazil, South Africa, UK, Germany and USA – was 88% – nine out of ten.
 

“The dissonance between what Australian’s understand and what government is doing is remarkable. Australia is failing in its responsibility to safeguard its people and protect their way of life. It is also failing as a world citizen, by downplaying the profound global impacts of climate change and shirking its responsibility to act.”
~ David Spratt

» Climate Code Red – 29 May 2017:
Three-quarters of Australians say climate warming “a catastrophic risk”, even as government turns a blind eye

» Survey report: ‘Attitudes to global risk and global governance survey’

» Read more on www.comresglobal.com



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Darebin City Council launches Climate Emergency Plan

Darebin Council has produced a draft Climate Emergency Plan, and now they want to know from Darebin’s residents whether people think they are on the right track or not. So they have put out a feedback form, and they run a series of meetings – forums – in June, the first meeting on Thursday 8 June 2017.

» Read more on www.yoursaydarebin.com.au/climateaction
 


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More court cases to spur action on climate change

“Governments around the world are increasingly being challenged in court to do more to combat the threat of climate change, with litigation ranging from a group’s attempt to stop an airport runway in Austria to a Pakistani farmer suing his government over its failure to adapt to rising temperatures, a new study has found.”

» The Guardian – 24 May 2017:
More people heading to court to spur action on climate change, study finds
“Study by UN and Columbia finds ‘proliferation’ of cases instigated by citizens. Lion’s share of court cases are in US but number also growing around the world”

 

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8 June: Our Future Deakin lecture on Agriculture, Food and Water

Presentations by Mr Robert Mcgavin and Mrs Lyndsay Sharp
Please contact Lisa on 5272 4075 to confirm your attendance
Venue: Percy Baxter Theatre, Geelong Waterfront Campus
The City and Deakin have collaborated to facilitate major investment in our region. Be part of this new beginning by attending the Our Future Deakin Lecture Series. The opportunities are great. And the lectures will involve successful, well-respected experts explaining how opportunity can become reality
www.deakin.edu.au

8 June: World Oceans Day

There’s a new TEDtalk up about what’s happening in our oceans: Climate change’s “evil twin”
As we keep pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, more of it is dissolving in the oceans, leading to drastic changes in the water’s chemistry. Triona McGrath researches this process, known as ocean acidification, and in this talk she takes us for a dive into an oceanographer’s world. Learn more about how the “evil twin of climate change” is impacting the ocean — and the life that depends on it.

“How pollution is changing the ocean’s chemistry”
» See it on www.ted.com

12 June: Q&A on Australian energy policy

ABC Q&A on 12 June will be on Australian energy policy – and broadcasted from ABC’s studio in Melbourne.
Take part! Prepare a question – and see if you can get in the audience for this.

15 June
: Towards a Zero Waste Life: Be the Solution!

Geelong Sustainability Life Learning

You’ll think differently about waste after listening to Rogue Ginger outline her plastic-free living alternatives.
 


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Climate change’s “evil twin”

As we keep pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, more of it is dissolving in the oceans, leading to drastic changes in the water’s chemistry. Triona McGrath researches this process, known as ocean acidification, and in this talk she takes us for a dive into an oceanographer’s world. Learn more about how the “evil twin of climate change” is impacting the ocean — and the life that depends on it.

» Transcript on www.ted.com





 ADDITIONALLY: 

In other news

From our notes of this week: news stories and events we didn’t have time to mention but which we think you should know about


“It is a dirty lie that CO2 emissions from fossil fuels have so far come with no cost – they cost us human health, damage to our climate, and billions of dollars in subsidies worldwide. Putting a clear price-tag on CO2 emissions means finally telling the truth. Pricing CO2 is key to climate stabilisation.”
~ Ottmar Edenhofer, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research


» The Guardian – 30 May 2017:
Climate change could make cities 8C hotter – scientists
“Combination of carbon emissions and ‘urban heat island’ effect of concrete and asphalt gives rise to worst-case scenario by end of 21st century”



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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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