Homage to Earth – and one lawyer’s call for action


Sunday 22 April is supposed to be Earth’s day and all about how we secure a future free of plastic pollution. Meanwhile, we, the human species on Earth, appear to have arrived at our ‘now-or-never moment’ as far as our plastic and air pollution is concerned.

Guests and segments in the sustainable studio on 18 April 2018:
Karina Donkers, EcoVoices
Jacqui Dreessens, artist and musician, organiser of Mountain to Mouth performance
Margie Mackay, artistic director of Mountain to Mouth 2018
Gilbert Douglas, dance choreographer of Mountain to Mouth 2018
• Live on air phone interview with David Spratt, research director for Breakthrough and co-author of ‘Climate Code Red’
• Audio clip from social media video with Vandana Shiva
• Audio clip from youtube video with David Buckel, lawyer who killed himself in a fossil fuel protest
• Songs by Charlie Mgee and the Formidable Vegetable Sounds System: ‘Limits’ and ‘Plastic’


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Earth Day

Catholics around the world are going to be celebrating the day. They have over 500 events planned. Unfortunately none that we know of in our region. Around 12 in Australia, one in Ballarat, three in Melbourne.

Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behaviour about plastics. From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet. People are increasingly aware of this threat. Petitions asking supermarkets to stop using throwaway plastic packaging are getting hundreds of thousands of signatures. An increasing number of businesses and retailers are responding to the call for change, but our elected leaders have so far been slow or negligent when it comes to change the legislation.

» Learn more on www.earthday.org


‘We don’t have time’ – online conference on Earth Day


Earth Day Action at Luna Park on 22 April 2018:

‘End the Radio Silence on Climate Change’

There’s a bit too much radio silence from Victorian politicians when it comes to climate change.

Despite alarming melting of the polar icecaps, unprecedented bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef, and unseasonal bushfires, the Federal Coalition government has failed to act on climate change. National emissions are rising on Malcolm Turnbull’s watch and Australia will fail to meet the meagre emissions cuts it pledged to the Paris Agreement.

In 2018 – an important election year for Victoria – the community has no choice but to ramp up the push for climate action.

In coming months, Premier Daniel Andrews and the Labor government will set Emissions Reduction Targets for our state. Ambitious targets from Victoria can put Australia back on track!

Friends of the Earth have organised a community banner photo at Luna Park and picnic in the nearby O’Donnell Gardens to break the radio silence on climate change.

We need your help to send a strong signal to the Labor government that the community backs ambitious Emissions Reduction Targets that contribute to the global goal of limiting warming to 1.5°C and help stave off the worst impacts.

The more people that join us on Earth Day, the stronger our message to Victorian politicians. So please bring some family and friends along.

Will you join us at St Kilda’s iconic Luna Park on Earth Day – Sunday 22 April – to break the radio silence?

» You can invite family and friends by sharing the Facebook event invitation



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Vandana Shiva: About stupidity and freedom



Want to change the world? Start by being brave enough to care

Be good to yourself, be good to others, be good to the earth.
“The world will say to you, ‘Be a better person.’ Do not be afraid to say, ‘Yes’.”

Artist and poet Cleo Wade recites a moving poem about being an advocate for love and acceptance in a time when both seem in short supply. Woven between stories of people at the beginning and end of their lives, she shares some truths about growing up (and speaking up) and reflects on the wisdom of a life well-lived.

» See Cleo Wade’s TEDtalk

Human consciousness and climate change


2016-interview with John D. Liu about a higher level of consciousness



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Karina Donkers

Karina Donkers: EcoVoices

Karina is quitting her job and heading off on a road trip up the east coast of Australia, meeting up with people and documenting the work they are doing on protecting animal species and working on climate solutions. In this interview, she updates us on her adventure.

About EcoVoices

The EcoVoices project is an idea Karina Donkers developed using her deep ecology training to reconnect people to each other and to the Earth. This project aims to bring awareness to some of the impacts of climate change and start conversations about how we can be a part of the solution. Nature has its own stories and voices; this project will aim at bring these to the forefront of the discussion.

Through gathering stories from the voice of the voiceless, running workshops and activism through art, EcoVoices aims to highlight our interconnectedness and inspire people to action.

In the interview, Karina talks about how she aims to achieve this during her travels of Australia. An EcoVoices website and social media will be coming soon.

» You can follow her on pictaram.net

Ecovoices blogpost

“This project EcoVoices is a powerful and brave offering. I look forward to hearing the stories that Karina will catch of from those specialising in work with vulnerable species that are rapidly diminishing. Karina is a passionate young woman with a message to share – that the wild world is under threat and we can be a voice for the voiceless. More than that, that our lives can be made so much the richer through opening to conversation with nature.”
~ Claire Dunn, author of ‘My Year Without Matches’


Living the Change

The documentary Karina screened at her launch events, ‘Living the Change – Inspiring Stories for a Sustainable Future’, is a new film from New Zealand which explores solutions to the global crises we face today – solutions any one of us can be apart of – through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way.

Directors Jordan Osmond and Antoinette Wilson have brought together stories from their travels around New Zealand, along with interviews with experts able to explain how we come to be where we are today. From forest gardens to composting toilets, community supported agriculture to timebanking, Living the Change offers ways we can rethink our approach to how we live.

» Film home page:
www.livingthechangefilm.com

» TrailerFacebook pageIMBD



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Mountain to Mouth: Geelong’s biannual extreme arts event

Live on air radio interview with Jacqui Dreessens, Margie Mackay and Gilbert Douglas about the Mountain to Mouth 2018 event.

Friday 4 May and Saturday 5 May: M~M 2018 is an 80 kilometre contemporary extreme arts walk that begins in the You Yangs and concludes at the mouth of the Barwon River.

Jacqui Dreessens, ‘ethnochoreologist’ and founder of Wild Moves International, is organising a performance ritual theme entitled ‘On Borrowed Time’ as part of the Mountain to Mouth Walk and the Geelong After Dark festival on 4 May 2018. They are looking for dancers and performers.

Margie Mackay, artistic director of the premier Geelong “extreme arts” event Mountain to Mouth 2018, is a Melbourne-based artist and researcher engaged in ritual art practices in communities both nationally and internationally.

Gilbert Douglas, dance choreographer, Mountain to Mouth 2018, is one of southern Africa’s most respected contemporary dance choreographers and teachers. Douglas was a founding member of the Tumbuka Dance Company for modern dance. He has since moved from Zimbabwe to Australia.

» Read more on www.mountaintomouth.com.au

Call for ‘Canoe ambassadors’

Would like to be a canoe ambassador? If yes, please contact Geelong Sustainability’s canoe team captain, Mik Aidt. The team will be carrying canoe three kilometres on the Bellarine Peninsula in the afternoon on Saturday 5 May, starting at Swan Bay at 2pm.



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David Spratt

“The Paris text was a political fix in which grand words masked inadequate deeds. The voluntary national emission reduction commitments since Paris now put the world on a path of 3.4°C of warming by 2100, and more than 5°C if high-end risks including carbon-cycle feedbacks are taken into account.”
~ David Spratt

David Spratt: This is now or never time

“We can now see that climate change could be so severe that it is what we would now call an existential crisis. In fact, the head of Emergency Management Australia, which is Australia’s and the federal government’s umbrella body for responding to emergencies, like bushfires and so on, a couple of weeks ago he said: “Look, we now face an existential risk which is a risk that could actually put human civilisation to an end, so, this is not you and I saying it on the radio, this is the head of emergency management of the federal government. I think that is important because while people might not be intellectually be able to put together a long argument about what is happening to climate change, I think in our hearts, emotionally, most people in the world – and public opinion show that – we know that we are going to a bad place. The public in general are actually well ahead of the politicians.”

“This idea that we can put off action for another decade is really embedded in the policy making. It is just delusional. Climate change could so significantly affect human society as well as our natural systems that we won’t be there, or won’t live the way we do, and that means that as a society, you’d want to say: “Hey, this is actually number one priority. If we don’t solve this, we won’t be here. And as a society we have to throw everything we need at this. Not overdue a bit now and a bit later. This is emergency. This is our number one priority. This is the sort of thing where we just have to commit every resource we can find, and that would be such a shift from what is happening and the advocacy we are getting at the moment. This is now or never time. I will put it that way.”


David Spratt is a research director for Breakthrough and co-author of ‘Climate Code Red: The case for emergency action’ (Scribe 2008). His recent reports include ‘Recount: It’s time to “Do the math” again’, ‘Climate Reality Check’ and ‘Antarctic Tipping Points for a Multi-metre Sea-level Rise’.

» More about climate change and climate science



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“Thanks to slowing construction and accelerating retirements of old dirty coal plants, the world is headed towards peak coal generation by 2022. That’s right, despite the sheen of inevitability, coal plant expansion is finally, inexorably, coming to an end.”

» Medium – 17 April 2018:
How Fast Can We Move From Peak Coal Plant To None?



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Energy resources report:

“The dangers of atmospheric contamination”

“There is evidence that the greatly increasing use of the fossil fuels, (…) is seriously contaminating the earth’s atmosphere with CO2. (…) Since CO2 absorbs long-wavelength radiation, it is possible that this is already producing a secular climatic change in the direction of higher average temperatures. This could have profound effects both on the weather and on the ecological balances.
 In view of the dangers of atmospheric contamination (…) Professor [G. Evelyn] Hutchinson [of Yale University] urges serious consideration of the maximum utilization of solar energy.”

~ ‘Energy Resources – A Report to the Committee on Natural Resources of the National Academy of Sciences’, by Marion King Hubbert, 1962, Washington, USA

In 1962, Marion King Hubbert, Chief Geology Consultant at Shell and former director of its research labs, produced a book-length report on the earth’s energy resources for a committee of the National Academy of Sciences. The report shows the oil company’s knowledge of the role of carbon dioxide in climate change.

» Read more on www.climatesafety.info/history



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David Buckel: Protest suicide against fossil fuels

The audio clip we played with David Buckel is from this video where he explains about urban community composting. Buckel was coordinator of the New York City Compost Project, described as “a committed activist who believed responsible management of organic waste could build stronger communities.”

» Read more on www.climatesafety.info/davidbuckel



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Charlie Mgee and the Formidable Vegetable Sounds System: ‘Limits’ – from the album ‘Permaculture: A Rhymer’s Manual’


Formidable Vegetable Sounds System: ‘Plastic’






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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


Northern Territory opens up for fracking

Tragic news: The Gunner government have lifted the moratorium on fracking in the Northern Territory, opening up 700,000 square kilometres to gas exploration. The first fracking is expected to start next year. The argument is that it will “boost the economy”, despite warnings it will impact on water, land and public health. Only national parks and conservation areas are still protected.

» More on www.theguardian.com and www.ntnews.com.au

The NT anti-fracking campaigners are asking that people write #WeWillProtectNT on their hands and take a photo for social media in solidarity – like this:





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The Zero Hour Youth Climate March: 21 July 2018

The mission of the Zero Hour movement is to center the voices of diverse youth in the conversation around climate and environmental justice.

» Facebook: www.facebook.com/ThisIsZeroHour

» Home page: www.thisiszerohour.org

» The Independent – 18 April 2018:
First landlocked US city sues oil industry over climate change adaptation costs
“Boulder is facing $100 million in extra climate change costs over the next three decades.”

» Sierra Magazine – 19 April 2018:
Across the U.S., Climate Change Lawsuits Are Gaining Steam
“Colorado communities join legal challenge to Big Oil as kids sue Florida.”

» TeenVogue – 18 April 2018:
Florida Governor Rick Scott Is Getting Sued by Teens for His Environmental Polices
“Our global climate change crisis is the biggest issue that my generation will ever face.”


Paul Dawson, 17 April 2018



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It can happen! There were two good-news stories in SBS World News this Tuesday night:

Plastic-eating enzymes

Jordan’s government is pushing electric vehicles through, and neighbouring countries are getting inspired

Plastic-eating enzyme can help fight pollution: scientists

Researchers from Britain’s University of Portsmouth and the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory made the discovery while examining the structure of a natural enzyme thought to have evolved in a waste recycling centre in Japan. The enzyme is able to digest polyethylene terephthalate, or PET – a form of plastic patented in the 1940s and now used in millions of tonnes of plastic bottles. PET plastics can persist for hundreds of years in the environment and pollute large areas of land and sea worldwide.


Jordan driving into the future with electric cars

Government offers incentives that eliminate price advantage of conventional gas-burning vehicles, hoping to steer country towards going for the electric option.

A German company is investing in charging stations for electric cars across the country, and the government is offering incentives to consumers by removing customs fees or taxes.’


» Al Jazeera‘s Natasha Ghoneim’s report from Amman, Jordan

Also
• Last year, France announced that by 2040 all petrol and diesel cars will be banned in France
• Volvo has announced that all their new models launched from 2019 will be fully electric or hybrids
• More than half of Norway’s car sales are of electric or hybrid cars



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Printable flexible organic solar cell

Wednesday’s TEDtalk is about organic solarcells (organic = based on carbon, not on metal). Unlike the solar cells you’re used to seeing, organic photovoltaics are made of compounds that are dissolved in ink and can be printed and molded using simple techniques. The result is a low-weight, flexible, semi-transparent film that turns the energy of the sun into electricity. Hannah Bürckstümmer shows us how they’re made — and how they could change the way we power the world.

» www.ted.com/talks recorded at TED@Merck in Darmstadt, Germany, in December 2017.



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GEELONG:

Climate change grant to Deakin University


17% of all electricity used globally is used on cooling our houses and fridges. Yesterday it was announced that Deakin University is getting support from the Victorian government for their Fridge Off Grid project, which will show a reduction in expenses, power consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by removing refrigerators from the grid through development of a portable solar panel & power storage units.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced 24 successful recipients of $4.3 million in Climate Change Innovation grants.


Community solar to replace big energy

CORE Geelong One launched: Geelong Sustainability had a very successful launch of CORE Geelong One on Tuesday night this week. About 30 people attended the event. Dan Cowdell gave a presentation about the idea of finding 20 investors to get hundreds of solar panels up on an aged care facility in Geelong West – we’ll get him in the studio next week to tell our listeners more about what CORE Geelong One is all about.

‘Geelong Sustainability is fully focused on the people power possible through community renewables – proud to be leading our region in the energy democracy movement by enabling community solar to replace big energy!’

You can also hear much more about it next week at Green Drinks at Beav’s Bar next Wednesday, on Anzac Day:

Geelong Sustainability’s April GREEN DRINKS on 25 April 2018:

People power: Our roadmap to clean energy

Given our current bold zero carbon energy initiatives, this theme is very appropriate for our special Anzac Day Green Drinks. We’ll consider the national big picture and look at how regional communities are making it happen – especially in our own region! 
Wednesday 25 April at 5.30-7.30pm in Lt Malop Street, Geelong. Entrance: Gold coin donations at the door.

Clever Living seminar on 8 May 2018:

How to achieve energy freedom

Presented by Richard Keech, author of ‘The Energy Freedom Home’. Learn how to have a comfortable home that costs nothing to run and achieves a zero carbon footprint. By combining simple energy efficiency measures with quality electrical appliances and a rooftop solar system, your home can produce more power than it uses.
» Book a seat at the seminar at Geelong Library

» See more on www.geelongsustainability.org.au/cleverliving



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New Zealand gives oil industry ‘kick in the guts’

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern sends a message to the oil and gas industry that New Zealand waters are no longer ‘their playground’.

“Business and regional leaders said they had been blindsided by the move and feared the government was risking jobs in the US$1.8 billion oil and gas industry. National opposition Energy and Resources spokesman Jonathan Young said the decision would simply shift production elsewhere in the world, while Neil Holdom, mayor of the main city in the energy-rich Taranaki region, labeled it ‘kick in the guts.’ ”

“Today’s announcement is significant internationally too. By ending new oil and gas exploration in our waters, the fourth-largest exclusive economic zone on the planet is out of bounds for new fossil fuel exploitation. New Zealand has stood up to one of the most powerful industries in the world. Bold global leadership on the greatest challenge of our time has never been more urgent and Ardern has stepped up to that climate challenge.”
~ Russel Norman, Greenpeace New Zealand executive director

» The Guardian – 12 April 2018:
New Zealand bans all new offshore oil exploration as part of ‘carbon-neutral future’
“Prime minister Jacinda Ardern says move ‘will essentially take effect in 30 or more years’ time’.”

» Reuters – 12 April 2018:
New Zealand halts future oil and gas offshore exploration permits



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“If we want a sustainable future we have to manage the planet. Nobody has an “individual right” to compromise the quality of the atmosphere, the water, the soils that supports life on earth. Labor vows ‘full scientific assessment’ of logging agreement.”

“Every tonne of coal (or gas, or oil) that’s burned anywhere contributes to warming. If we mine it, we “own” a measure of the responsibility. How do we confront the reality and act? How do we find the courage and integrity to move beyond long-established patterns?”
~ Professor Peter Doherty



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How much do you think Victoria should aim to reduce its climate pollution?


Public consultation has started, ending 1 May.


The Victorian Government is seeking your views on how much Victoria should aim to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by during the period 2021-2030. The consultation period started last week and runs til 1 May 2018. The form has 17 questions and an option for enclosing attachments.

“The Victorian Government has identified climate change as one of the biggest threats to the future of the State, with warmer and drier conditions projected to have negative consequences for health, infrastructure, agriculture, water, biodiversity, and alpine and coastal areas. The Victorian Climate Change Act 2017 (the Act) responds to this challenge by establishing a legislative framework to drive action to achieve a net zero emissions, climate-resilient Victorian community and economy by 2050.

» Read more on www.engage.vic.gov.au



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Other Geelong events coming up


Biodiversity in your backyard
Thursday 19 April 2018 evening at the Potato Shed in Drysdale
7pm at the Potato Shed, 41 Peninsula Drive, Drysdale

Backyard Chooks
Saturday 21 April 2018 at 4:15pm – Life Learning workshop
In this introductory class, Kerrie will explain how to get started, suitability of different breeds, chook behaviours, and how to enjoy and care for your girls. 


Market at Warralily Estate with Bike Safety & Awareness theme
Sunday 29 April
At the Warralily Estate, between Geelong and Torquay, most of the markets held there carry a theme. The market on 29 April will carry a theme of Bike Safety & Awareness. The event will combine the handmade crafts, wares and produce of a traditional market, along with specific displays, entertainment and competitions based around bicycles, bike safety, and the role bikes can play within the family environment.

BLUE the Film
Monday 30 April at 8:00pm
Hosted by Miranda Laird at the Pivotonian. BLUE is a provocative journey into the ocean realm, witnessing this critical moment in time when the marine world is on a precipice.

Love Food Leftovers & Reduce Waste
22 May at 6:15pm – Life Learning workshop
In this practical workshop, Karen an experienced chef, will demonstrate how to reduce food waste by whipping up tasty meals from leftovers perfect for households, families and individuals. 
More info / book class

Geelong Sustainability is also hosting an event with David Holmgren and his new book ‘Retrosuburbia’ on 17 June at the Geelong Library.

» For more information go to www.geelongsustainability.org.au/events



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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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