Embracing a new messaging


Our guest in The Sustainable Hour on 15 August 2018 is Maxine Bazeley of Teal Collaborative, who lives in Torquay and is a member of Surf Coast Energy Group. She is a former radio presenter on 94.7 The Pulse and a former The New Joneses volunteer.

Trash Bags On Tour are coming to the You Yangs and the beaches of North Geelong on 25 August. Join them!

Geelong Repair Café Highton celebrated its one year birthday. The Sustainable Hour was there

• Vigil for the Reef in Melbourne – excerpt of a speech by Michael Staindl from Beyond Zero Emissions

• Farmer John Hamparsum was interviewed by ABC Matter of Fact and broadcasted on national tv on 9 August 2018

• During the past 10 years, Gillian Sanbrook has planted over 70,000 trees and while New South Wales is in drought, her pastures are still green. Now, what’s that about?!

Drama in High Street: media manipulation and push for closure of bike path project. Vote before 7 September!

• We round the hour off with “a love song set after the apocalypse” by Missy Higgins: ‘Red Moon’


Bonus video: 15-minute excerpt of the podcast interview with Maxine Bazeley

 

“It’s on everyone’s mind – it’s just about pulling the right levers.”
~ Maxine Bazeley, in The Sustainable Hour



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Links, excerpts and more information about what we talked about in this Sustainable Hour




 #CLIMATEEMERGENCY: 

Maxine Bazeley

In this Climactic podcast interview, Maxine tells Mark Spencer about her plans for a renewable future for Torquay, including advocating for solar and wind energy:

» Learn more about Maxime’s work on www.tealcollaborative.com.au

» Facebook: @tealcollaborative

Video clips relating to the interview:

» ABC Matter of Fact – 9 August 2018:
Australia’s preparedness for ongoing extreme weather events
Presented by Jeremy Fernandez with a panel of two climate experts and a politician: Joelle Gergis, Climate Scientist, University of Melbourne, Dr George Crisp, Doctors for the Environment, and Claire Taylor, NSW Nationals.

» ABC Matter of Fact:
Drought stricken farmers are looking for leadership and action on climate change
Farmer John Hamparsum talks to Matter of Fact about the impact the changing weather is having in regional areas. “It does really hurt. It feels like we are being betrayed,” he says.



» ABC Tonightly With Tom Ballard:
Kmart Shoppers React To Barnaby Joyce

» Sustainability Victoria:
Victorians’ perceptions of climate change

Inspirational articles about business, change and climate change

“I would argue that some form of the market system, if guided or constrained by policy, is our best and probably only hope of moving fast enough. I do not argue this from a love of markets or an inherent belief in the philosophies espoused by many of that system’s advocates. I approach this as a person who lives and breathes the fear of global collapse and I can’t see another viable way forward.

What I do see, is that by engaging the current system’s strengths and capacities, a rapid and revolutionary transformation couldbe delivered quickly and globally. I see a way to replace most of today’s failing business models and companies with new ones that will deliver what we urgently need – a circular economy, reducing inequality and preventing climate change tipping us over the edge.”
~ Paul Gilding, author, ‘business activist’, based in Tasmania

» Paul Gilding – 16 August 2018:
Disruptive markets – what sustainability really means for business



“A critical first step is to understand the different mental and political frames currently in play. My colleagues and I see at least six main frames at work in the sustainable business space. Each has its strengths and limitations. Having a clearer grasp of these mental models can help business leaders to work with others, both inside and outside their organizations, to build more sustainable businesses.”

» Harvard Business Review – 17 October 2017:
The 6 Ways Business Leaders Talk About Sustainability



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Melissa Tuliranta

 #WARONWASTE #YOUYANGS: 

Melissa Tuliranta: Trash Bags On Tour

Trash Bags On Tour is an unusual idea: Low cost educational beach clean tours for locals – combining into the day some sightseeing, beach clean plus some useful and much needed education through a zero waste talk.

Trash Bags On Tour have so far had two very successful tours along Great Ocean Road. They removed almost 50 kilos of rubbish on those two events while hopefully changed some habits of the passengers on producing waste at home.

Their next event is heading to the You Yangs on Saturday 25 August 2018 where they have partnered up with Koala Clancy Foundation.

A selfdrive option has been arranged for Geelong and Surf Coast residents: Meet at Little River Hotel at 9:00am. From there the bus heads out to the You Yangs, and then on to Lara around 1pm to meet with Madeline for a Zero Waste talk. The tour will finish with a beach clean at St Helen’s beach which will take place roughly at 3:30 to 6:00pm.

» Read more on www.facebook.com/TrashBagsOnTour or www.instagram.com/trash_bags_on_tour

» Facebook event page

» Buy tickets through Eventbrite





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 #CLIMATEACTIVISM: 

Two climate action dates coming up

• 8 September: Rise for Climate – international climate action day
• 21 September: ‘ZeDay’ – Zero Emissions Day, and a ‘People Power for Climate’ event in Melbourne

» More calendar and events info


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“NSW govt declared drought in 100% of NSW this week. My story at Bibbaringa is outlined. There has been 240mls this year normally 430 mls. But all is going well. Video recorded Thursday August 8 2018”
~ Gillian T. Sanbrook, post on her Facebook page on 9 August 2018

 #REGENERATIVEFARMING: 

“Quiet revolution in agriculture”

“There is a quiet revolution going on in agriculture because of the problems of chemical contamination in our food sources and low fertility in the soil,” reported The Land on 12 August 2018 in an article based on an interview with regnerational farmer Gillian Taylor Sanbrook.

“I see people doing a fantastic job with pasture cropping and building soil carbon in conjunction with livestock and cropping. It is a balance – we are dealing with nature and nature is a balance, nature is supreme and you just have to work with nature, it always has the last say!,” Sanbrook told The Land.

During the past 10 years, Gillian Sanbrook has planted over 70,000 trees, fenced gullies and creeks and tripled the number of paddocks on the 950 hectare property Bibbaringa, near Bowna, she purchased in 2007, transforming it into a more ecologically diverse place while lifting productivity according to the seasons.

Gillian Sanbrook told The Land that reading the book ‘Call of the Reed Warbler’ made her realise she wasn’t alone in her determination to find a more sensitive approach to agricultural production.

The lift in the property’s natural capital is measured in many ways. Carbon storage through trees plants and soil carbon, diversity of grasses permanent running water and ponding of water in the landscape.

In 2007 the seasonal dependent creek was relying on runoff, but now it is a permanent stream that trickles or moves clean water gently through the landscape.”



This is the article, Tony refers to in The Sustainable Hour:

» The Land – 12 August 2018:
Renewing a pastoral landscape

‘Page turner’

“Referring to the letter from Gillian Sanbrook (“Graze on”, The Land, Thursday, July 5, p22) which sang the praises of Charles Massy’s new book, ‘The Call of the Reed Warbler’.
I have just finished the book and plan to start it again, so full as it is of great ideas for Australian agriculture.
Anyone managing land through this recent, long, dry autumn can find the answers to reducing drought risk within its pages.
Massy offers us the opportunity to be part of the solution.
The ideas profiled are multiple and being practiced across Australia – a quiet regeneration of soils and lives – people sharing success and failures towards a better way of growing our food and sustaining the planet.

~ Rebecca Gorman, Mundarlo, in a letter to the editor of The Land


“Revolutionary, threatening, and the traducing efforts of an insider.”

“The reality is revealed through Google Earth: if you search for the properties mentioned in the book, you will find oases of green surrounded by that parched devastation we have come to think of as the normal state of Australian agricultural lands. The stark comparison begs the question: why do we continue with morally bankrupt and dangerous ways of doing things, when better alternatives stare us in the face?”
~ Tim Flannery, author and climate councillor, about ‘Call of the Reed Warbler’

» Australian Book Review:
Tim Flannery reviews ‘Call of the Reed Warbler: A new agriculture – a new earth’ by Charles Massy


“The drought is creeping up on you”

“Where do we go from here, I have no idea”

The farmers are, in Al Jazeera’s words, “hoping for help from Mother Nature.”

“Aussies are wonderful people. Once they discover how to eat coal and feed coal to their animals they will be fine. Water is overrated and unnecessary but coal is king.”
~ Donald McCarthy



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Photos by Julian Meehan

Michael Staindl

 #STOPADANI #NONEWCOAL: 

Vigil for the Reef

In The Sustainable Hour today, we play an excerpt of the speech which Michael Staindl gave at the event.

You can see Michael’s speech here, starting from 22:15 in this video:

His message was that we need to talk more openly with our friends, neighbours, fellow travellers and first of all – in our families. Talk about extreme weather events, about coal and Adani, renewables, wind turbines, zero carbon and zero waste…. About how we’re going to get off of fossil fuel entirely and how soon this is going to happen. We’re moving to clean energy, and we will save money as well as saving lives in the process.

» ABC iView – 12 May 2018:
‘Can we save the Reef’
“An epic story of Australian and international scientists who are racing to understand our greatest natural wonder and employing cutting edge science in an attempt to save it.”



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Geelong Repair Café Highton: One year

In this three-minute video, Michelle Walker, Kirby Erskine and Claire Ziegler explain what a repair café is, while they take a look back at Geelong Repair Café Highton’s first year and what they have achieved.

Among other good things, during the year, the café fixed 251 items weighing 576 kilos – thereby kept out of landfill.

Visit Geelong Repair Café Highton every second Saturday of the month at 1–4pm at St Luke’s in Highton – and on Facebook on
www.facebook.com/GeelongRepairCafe

» OneCare holds Repair Cafés in Geelong West every third Saturday of the month at 10am–1pm:
www.facebook.com/repaircafes

» Surf Coast Repair Café:
www.facebook.com/RepairCafeSurfCoast

» Read an article by Humans In Geelong about repair cafes in Geelong

» Wikipedia page about repair cafes:
www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Repair_café

» Share the video on Facebook



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 #CYCLING #GEELONG: 

Drama in High Street: To ride or not to ride

Both climate change and obesity are real problems we need to address in Geelong, just like modern cities around the world are doing it. As it has appeared in this paper, our oldest generations don’t like the sound of this, but the youth is actually embracing it: walking and cycling to work, school and shops makes perfect sense in the time we live in: It is pollution-free, gives exercise and is even social.

Safe bike paths are an important if we would like to see more healthy climate-friendly cyclists in the streets of Geelong. Using the argument that “nobody’s cycling and therefore we shouldn’t bother making bike paths” is ridiculous, considering that the reason no one is cycling is that there are no safe bike paths. In Copenhagen, where there are, more than half the population use their bikes to get to work and school every day. Citizens, companies and the heath system benefit economically from this all together, because the population gets healthier with less sick days, and carbon emissions are reduced.

Why the otherwise business-minded Liberals have taken a position against this makes no logical sense. With just a tiny bit of outlook on what the next years will bring, and how the mindset of customers will change, it is incredibly short-sighted and bad for business on the longer term to reject Council’s offer to modernise High Street into a more liveable and safe street for cyclists and pedestrians.

 

“No one is against bike paths, we just don’t want them in High Street.”
~ Matthew Guy, state opposition leader


» Geelong Indy – 3 August 2018:
Libs oppose High St lanes
“Council’s proposed bike network would detour High St to protect traders under a coalition government, state opposition leader Matthew Guy has vowed.”

» Geelong Advertiser – 4 August 2018:
Complaints about bike paths

» Geelong Advertiser – 4 August 2018:
Geelong council working on changing residents’ attitude to transport
“While the High St showdown between Belmont’s business sector and cyclists drags on, the wider battle to share the roads has largely already been decided.”


Manipulated poll

Geelong Advertiser then runs this poll revealing that 256 out of approximately 750 respondents want a relatively tree-less, car-filled High Street left as is, while around 500 vote for change.

The editor obviously didn’t appreciate that poll result, so… what to do?

Easy! The fake news wave has taught everyone how to get around an issue such as when reality doesn’t match the message you want to sell: Simply twist it around and claim the opposite!

Done. When the newspaper goes to print, the poll article’s headline now says:
“Poll calls for bicycle project to be shelved”

…and in the text, it is claimed that “traders, cyclists and the community don’t want it in High Street. Develop a different route.”

Now if that is not manipulation, then I don’t know what it is. We have become used to seeing it happen in posts in social media, but whenever it happens in a printed media, it just makes one think: how long are they intending to remain in business?

Mahatma Gandhi once said: “Remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it, always.”

At the moment, we live in a tyranny of air pollution and economic growth, supported by fake and manipulated news. However, as Gandhi says, it won’t last forever. “In the end they always fall.” Think of it, always.


Bakers Delight owner Sean Clark told Geelong Advertiser on 24 January 2018 that any loss of car parking would keep customers away and potentially force businesses to close:

“I’ve been here for 14 years, and we’ve gone through the streetscape — they almost killed us with that through the bad design — and now this, where losing car parking is absolutely going to kill me. You’ll have no foot traffic because you’ll have no parking, so they’re just going to drive straight into town or to Waurn Ponds. I’ve got four kids, a family, I’ll lose everything. Simple,” Mr Clark said.

The City of Greater Geelong received $4.7 million to create two cycling routes connecting central Geelong to southern and western suburbs. What do you think? Should that money just be spent in some other city instead so Geelong can protect its precious tree-less, car-filled, bicycle- and pedestrian-hostile streets?

These kids are not in doubt about what the answer to that should be:

» Tell Geelong Council what you think – and which option you prefer – before 7 September 2018:
www.geelongaustralia.com.au/betterbikeconnections



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 #CLIMATECHANGE #MUSIC: 

Missy Higgins: Solastalgia

“Having a child suddenly made me much more aware of the passing of time. So I started thinking about my past and my future and then the end of my life and the fact that his would continue on, it was kind of blowing my mind so I needed to put those thoughts into some songs.”

“ ‘Red Moon’ is a love song set after the apocalypse and ‘The Difference’ is about not being afraid to make yourself heard.”
~ Missy Higgins



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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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