Ready to recycle, #BanTheBag and #StopAdani

With the National Recycling Week coming up on 13 November, we talk about waste and recycling in The Sustainable Hour on 8 November 2017. Our guest in the studio is education officer Darby Munro from City of Greater Geelong Waste Services.

We talk with Queensland farmer Bruce Currie about coal mining, and about the local ‘Generations Against Adani’ event which will take place in Geelong on 21 November which is backed by a one-minute excerpt of the brilliant #StopAdani pro-Reef speech Peter Garrett gave at the National Press Club in October.

We also get the latest news about potential bans on single-use plastic bags and micro plastic from Robert Skehan from Plastic Bag Free Torquay.



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Geelong Council election results:

The Clever Creative 30-year vision is in

The good news from the Geelong Council election is that we now have a Council fully committed to the Clever Creative vision.

Geelong Sustainability asked in their Council election survey, “From the extensive community engagement of the Our Future process, a 30-year consensus vision for the City of Greater Geelong was developed. ‘By 2047, Greater Geelong will be internationally recognised as a clever and creative city-region that is forward looking, enterprising and adaptive, and cares for its people and environment.’  If elected as a Councillor, do you commit to implementing the Clever and Creative Future vision including the necessary long-term strategies, short-term action plans and organisational changes?” – to which the following then-candidates now-councillors replied that they are ‘fully committed’:

Sarah Mansfield, Stephanie Asher, Jim Mason, Bruce Harwood, Peter Murrihy, and Trent Sullivan.

Stephanie Asher: Committed

Great to see new councillors coming in who want our municipality to build many more specific bike lanes – like the one that was rolled out recently in Malop Street.

Cr Stephanie Asher wrote from the US:
“We’ve even hired Hulu bikes to get around. We need these in Geelong! And specific bike lanes too, like we now have in Malop St – so easy to get around”

Business as usual kills small children

Here is an example where it would have been good to see the Clever Creative vision in play already:

Yarra Street at South Geelong Primary School with fresh tarmac – and an opportunity for a “fresh start” with new white paint properly lined out in the way that protects pedestrians and cyclists – in particular all the children on their way to and from school.

But now watch the plain planning stupidity at play: Tomorrow I bet you there’ll be white lines painted exactly where they were before. Business as usual prevails even though every one in Council’s planning department knows very well that this is utterly wrong and unsafe.

Such a missed opportunity. Making Yarra Street into a safe haven for ‘soft commuters’ would have cost the municipality zero dollars, since it is only a question of painting those white lines in a new and better way. But that would have required some awake leaders in the system giving the road workers a new set of directions according to the overall vision, the Clever Creative 30-year plan, which states very clearly that we want to be heading for a future where people use their legs to get to school and work.

With the new Council in place, this is what needs to happen.

Let’s get it right, Geelong! It is ridiculous to have to witness such infrastructural stupidity and waste of resources as what this is just one example of out of many.



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Tim Clark wrote elsewhere on Facebook:
“I read that Sarah Mansfield, Greens candidate, got in. So there is a Sustainable Voice in the council. :)”
– to which Stephanie Asher replied: “More than one, Tim!”



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Energy and climate


South Australia went from the most expensive to cheapest wholesale electricity over the last five months.

The two blog posts Mik and Tony talk about in the program:

» Read about renewable energy on climatesafety.info:
Renewables now cheapest of all – and at times even utterly free




» Read about climate change on climatesafety.info:
Stop. Look. Listen. Think. Act!




» CNN – 8 November 2017:
Let’s stop debating climate change and start combating it



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Waste and recycling





This year the theme of the National Recycling Week is ‘What Goes Around: Why Buying Recycled Matters’. Focus is on the importance of not only recycling but also ‘closing the loop’ by buying back recycled products.

You can get involved at home, at work and at school. Activities that you can get involved with throughout the week include:
– Recycle Right Quiz (online)
– Schools Recycle Right Challenge
– Big Aussie Swap Party
– Friday File Fling (Friday 17 November 2017)
– Buy It Back Day (Saturday 18 November 2017)

» National Recycling Week’s Facebook event page






Recycling in Greater Geelong

City of Greater Geelong recently started a CD and DVD recycling set up at the customer service centres.
In November 2017, they are running a recycling mattress offer.

» Read more on www.geelongaustralia.com.au/recycling

» Recycling organic waste
Around 50% of the rubbish Australians put in the everyday mixed-waste ‘garbage bin’ could be put to better use in the garden as compost and mulch.



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Think recycle

Interested in recycling in the Geelong region? Looking for content for your educational program, newsletter or social media channel?
Then Think Recycle is for you! On thinkrecycle.com.au you will find everything you need to spread the word about good recycling in your community.

Think Recycle is a campaign managed by City of Greater Geelong in collaboration with Surf Coast Shire, Golden Plains Shire, Colac Otway Shire and Borough of Queenscliffe.

» Think Recycle:
www.thinkrecycle.com.au

» Forté Magazine – 22 January 2015:
Think Recycle





» The Rogue Ginger – 27 October 2017:
The Builder shares his plastic-free and zero waste journey

» GreenLivingGuy.com – 5 March 2016:
Which cities recycle the most on Earth (infographic + video)



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Trash Hero Kids

Crowdfunding campaign for a book called ‘The Trash Hero Kids’



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Plastic




Coles: Recycling for customers

In 2016, customers returned more than 299 tonnes of plastic to Coles’ stores to be recycled.

“Coles is actively working to reduce waste and landfill through a variety of initiatives, including developing packaging that is recyclable and finding alternative uses for our waste.”

The REDcycle Program is a supermarket-based recycling program that invites consumers to gather together all their empty bread, cereal and frozen food bags, plastic and reusable shopping bags and other flexible plastic packaging and take them to their nearest Coles drop off point.

The collected soft plastic material is delivered to Coles’ manufacturing partner Replas to be turned into outdoor furniture for Aussie primary schools and pre-schools.

Join the REDcycle Program
To responsibly dispose of the soft plastic packaging you bring home each time you shop, simply bring it back to any of the 500 stores that participate in the REDcycle plastic bag and packaging program.

» See where to REDcycle

» Read more on www.coles.com.au/recyclingatcoles



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» Plastic Bag Free Geelong:
www.facebook.com/plasticbagfreegeelong

» Plastic Bag Free Torquay:
www.facebook.com/plasticbagfreetorquay

» Plastic Bag Free Torquay – Business Supporters:
www.facebook.com/Plastic-Bag-Free-Torquay-Business-Supporters


Calling on Coke:

Produce less plastic

Coca-Cola produce an estimated 110 billion plastic bottles a year, and many of these end up in landfill, on beaches and in the ocean.

Greenpeace is calling on Coke to take action to reduce the amount of plastic they produce – as the world’s biggest soft drinks company they can change the way the whole industry operates.

The more people who watch and share Greenpeace’s video, the more pressure Coke will be under to take responsibility for their ocean polluting plastic.

Watch and share the video to expose the truth about Coke’s plastic problem:

Reduce plastic pollution:


Communities taking control


Communities across Australia now have access to a ‘how to’ guide to reduce plastic pollution in their parks, playgrounds, rivers and beaches. What began as a campaign for a container deposit scheme has resulted in an alliance called Communities Taking Control, initiated by Boomerang Alliance: a group comprising 47 national, state and local allies all fighting to create healthy, plastic free environments.

» The Fifth Estate – 1 November 2017:
Communities take control of their plastic footprint



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Plastic bag survey

The Victorian Government wants your opinion on how far they should go with their ban on plastic bags. Help us make a massive change for our oceans. Take their quick survey

Jimmy Cordwell from Australian Marine Conservation Society wrote:

“After years of inaction, the Victorian Government has finally announced they will ban single-use plastic bags! But they’re not there yet. To really help reduce the plastics threatening our turtles, sea birds and whales, we need to make sure the ban works, and that we don’t stop here.

The Victorian Government is asking for your opinion about banning single-use plastic shopping bags, and future approaches to managing plastic waste in Victoria.

Answer their quick survey to have your say counted on how we can really tackle plastic pollution in Victoria: www.engage.vic.gov.au/waste/plastic-pollution

Banning plastic bags is just the start. To really help reduce the plastics threatening our turtles, sea  birds and whales, we need to make sure the ban works, and that we don’t stop here.

Thanks for doing your part to end plastic pollution in Victoria. This has been a monumental year in the fight against the plastic scourge on our oceans. Together we’re making a real difference.”
~ Jimmy Cordwell, Marine Campaigner, Australian Marine Conservation Society

» Take the survey on www.engage.vic.gov.au



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THE PROJECT | #BanTheBag:

Victorian government to ban single-use plastic bags

“As you might have heard, Premier Daniel Andrews announced on our program that the Victorian government will ban single-use plastic bags!

“All the great policy leadership in this country comes from ‘The Project’ and I have been convinced by your advocacy over such a consistent amount of time,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

“We know that this is really important for the environment, particularly for our waterways, landfill [and] waste management… we’re gonna get this done as quickly as we can.”

» The Project via Change.org – 8 November 2017:
VIC to #BanTheBag, only NSW to go!


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‘War on Waste’ series wins sustainability award

The ABC TV series, War on Waste, has won the highest Banksia Sustainability honour in Australia, the Gold Banksia Sustainability Award, at the 2017 Banksia Sustainability Awards.

The Banksia judges said that War on Waste, produced by KEO Films Australia, “created a groundswell of interest that soon turned to a tidal wave of action. It designed an innovative, winning formula that combined a credible yet relatable host that presented the facts in a way that made the issues feel real, relatable, and local to the viewers”.

The program reached a massive 2.6 million people, which is comparable to the footy… on a finals night.

» EcoVoice – 3 November 2017:
War on Waste wins Australia’s foremost sustainability award




ShareWaste: ‘Easiest way to recycle scraps’





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Geelong Zero Waste

Did you know Geelong Zero Waste will get started in the new year? If you are interested in getting involved, look here on Facebook – or contact Geelong Sustainability on info@geelongsustainability.org.au



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#StopAdani event in Geelong on 21 November

Read more


Peter Garrett
Peter Garrett:

“Are we part of the problem or part of the solution?”

“I believe this is the most critical address I have given here.

After many years of working both outside and inside the ‘system’, I’m convinced more than ever that we face an existential threat, greater than any other, as humans literally upend the world’s climate and natural ecosystems.

To do nothing in the face of this threat, of which we are well aware, is to acquiesce to a world diminishing in front of us. We will deservedly reap the scorn and anger of our children if we fail to act now.

There is a fundamental divide in our response. But it is not between insiders and outsiders. It is between those willing to act and those clinging desperately to an empty, corrupted ideology, unwilling to open their eyes, or their hearts, to what is happening around them.

Regardless of our day jobs and our status in the political firmament it still boils down to one basic proposition. Are we part of the problem or part of the solution?”
~ Peter Garrett, lead singer of Midnight Oil, in a National Press Club address which was broadcasted on ABC News 24 on 24 October 2017




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Sustainable collaborations drive Greater Geelong

Greater Geelong strives to be nationally and internationally recognised as a leader in sustainability. “In recognition of the achievements of Future Proofing Geelong to date, a long list of partners have agreed to recommit to a new three year MOU and collaborate on sustainability across the region.”
 
Local organisations are collaborating to benefit the Greater Geelong region and its community by positively impacting local environmental, economic and social sustainability.
 
The City of Greater Geelong, through the Future Proofing Geelong initiative, have taken a leadership position in securing the prosperity of the region by fostering partnerships with other government agencies, the private sector and community through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), harnessing their combined sustainability efforts into a cohesive framework.
 
The organisations involved include:
 
· Barwon Health
· Barwon Region Water Corporation
· Barwon South West Waste and Resource Recovery Group
· City of Greater Geelong
· Committee for Geelong
· Deakin University
· Geelong Chamber of Commerce
· Geelong Manufacturing  Council
· Geelong and Region Trades and Labour Council
· The Gordon
 
The partnership supports the region as it strives to be nationally and internationally recognised as a leader in sustainability, assisting Greater Geelong’s transition to a low carbon economy while attracting investment and jobs in cleaner technology.
 
An Impact Statement outlining Future Proofing Geelong’s achievement was also released. It can be accessed at www.geelongaustralia.com.au/fpg 
 

“Faced with challenges like climate change, economic adjustment and growth, the City is actively pursuing innovative approaches to becoming more resilient and adaptive.”
~ Guy Wilson-Browne, City of Greater Geelong Director City Services





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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


1 MILLION WOMEN:

“We’ve got your zero-waste gift sorted”

The festive period is here, and with it, so is the pressure to buy more “stuff” for our friends, family, and loved ones. This year, why not instead give yourself or someone special a gift that supports our planet?

Our Passionate Supporter program is truly a gift that keeps on giving.

    • It’s zero-waste
    • As a Passionate Supporter, you receive benefits all year round to help you fight climate change
    • Including our quarterly ebook with all the best bits from 1 Million Women like DIY’s, recipes, plus exclusive ebook content. Our Passionate Supporter program is crucial for 1 Million Women to grow. It helps us build a stronger financial base so we can remain independent and continue our critical work building a lifestyle revolution to empower women from every corner of the planet to fight the climate crisis.

We are already 700,000 women strong but we need to be more.

For as little as $8 a month you can support by becoming a Passionate Supporter, or gift a membership to someone else you know who loves our planet.

1 Million Women Passionate Supporter Benefits


Our fabulous quarterly ebookpacked full of all the best bits of 1 Million Women including tips for zero-waste living, seasonal & meat-free recipes, exclusive content, DIY videos, and real stories from inspiring women.




A 20% discount on everything our shop. Pick up a keep cup or show your passion for the community by wearing your 1 Million Women T-shirt.

Will you become a Passionate Supporter today, or gift a membership to someone else?

Alternatively, you can give a one-off, tax-deductible donation. No matter what you do, it means the world to us.

The Festive Season can be a difficult time of the year when it comes to lessening our impact on the planet. If we plan more and rethink some of our gifting and celebration habits then it can be done with little waste and more joy.

A million thanks.
Nat xx

Natalie Isaacs
Founder of 1 Million Women



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GREEN MUSIC AUSTRALIA:

Help Aussie festival make the switch away from single-use products

Green Music Australia is raising funds to create a Refill not Landfill Library to help Aussie festivals make the switch away from single-use products. 

Single-use plastic is hurting our planet. Globally, a truckload of plastic is dumped into our sea every minute. Not only is this endangering wildlife and destroying precious marine eco-systems, but it’s also contaminating the food we eat and the water we drink [1]. We need to move fast if we’re going to turn this around.

And what better place to start than in our own backyard!

Instead of the mountains of plastic rubbish we see today, our festival future could be pristine. Imagine the impact that’ll have, not just in terms of the rubbish saved from each event, but also the cultural impact that’ll come from musicians and fans learning to live without throw-away stuff.

Millions of disposable plastic bottles and cups are thrown out each year at music events around the country. While some of it gets recycled, lots ends up in landfill, or worse still, our rivers and oceans.

It’s hard to believe, but plastic pollution in our waterways is growing so fast that scientists predict we’ll have more plastic in our oceans than fish by 2050! We can’t let that happen!

That’s why we’re on a mission to rid the music scene of harmful single-use plastic waste by creating a library of high quality reusable green-wares.

We’ve already got a bunch of festivals lined up that are working to ditch disposables. Some of them are doing a lot already, but we’ve got a plan to make it even easier and even better for the planet.

Our Refill not Landfill Library will be full of top-notch products that last a lifetime, so festivals can cheaply hire what they need, when they need it, instead of having to fork out a bundle to buy their own.

Because many different festivals will use the same reusables, it also means even less ‘stuff’ needs to get made!

With your generous support, we hope to raise $3000 by the end of the month. And guess what? Jack Johnson, who’ll be on tour here, has promised to match what you donate, dollar for dollar. What a legend!

» Please help us reach our target by donating now.

Thanks for your support!
Berish and the Green Music team

ps. We’ve just launched this fun video on social media about the Refill NOT Landfill Library. Please feel free to hit like and share it round with your friends to grow the campaign.

pps. Green Music Australia is teaming up with Jack Johnson to help expand plasticfree initiatives on his tour of Australia and New Zealand. We are proud to be an All At Once Non-Profit Partner and we are helping to promote beach cleanups in each city of the tour as a way for fans to take action and enter to win free concert tickets. In addition to eliminating plastic waste at the show, fans can support plastic free initiatives by connecting with All At Once Non-Profit Partners in the Village Green. Swing by to visit us – Green Music Australia will be at the shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne!

[1] https://orbmedia.org/stories/Invisibles_plastics



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“The only question is will we decide to live sustainably and protect our future or will we continue to live unsustainably until the future no longer exists for any of us.”
~ Peter Garrett, lead singer of Midnight Oil, in a National Press Club Address which was broadcasted on ABC News 24 on Tuesday 24 October 2017



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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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“Participation – that’s what’s gonna save the human race.”
Pete Seeger, American singer