Joy of living the change in a tiny house


Guests in The Sustainable Hour on 3 October 2018 are Vicki Perrett, president of Geelong Sustainability and coordinator of Sustainable House Day Geelong, together with Peter Clapinski from Tiny Homes Geelong & Bellarine, for a talk about why he is so passionate about this idea to build tiny houses.

We also talk with Chris Gerbing, who is co-director of the Environmental Film Festival Australia, which starts in Melbourne on 11 October, and play a clip from a presentation by Jeff Butler about Grow it, Eat it festival in Grovedale, which starts on 20 October.



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Sustainable House Day Geelong 2018

Vicki Perrett explains about Sustainable House Day Geelong 2018

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Vicki Perrett is president of Geelong Sustainability, which this year organises the Sustainable House Day event for the 10th time.

See more info about Sustainable House Day in Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula and details about the 13 houses, which will open their doors on 14 October 2018 on www.geelongsustainability.org.au/shd



Peter Clapinski: Tiny homes in Geelong and Bellarine

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Peter Clapinski is president of Geelong & Bellarine Tiny Homes, a new organisation advocating for more affordable housing in our region, building ‘micro-communities’ of tiny steel framed houses on a trailer which has been fitted out – and built to a tiny budget.

Given the housing affordability problem, there is growing interest in the tiny homes movement.

On Sustainable House Day, you are able to see two very different tiny homes under construction in Moolap. One is on a trailer and the other on a skid. Both have steel frames and are being built to a tiny budget. On the location you can also see another tiny house on skid made by local manufacturer Steeline JH Stephenson.

» More info here: www.geelongsustainability.org.au/shd/moolap



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Festival with 43 environmental films

Chris Gerbing, co-director of the Environmental Film Festival Australia, explains about the film festival that kicks off with 40 films on the program in Melbourne from 11 October 2018.

The 43 films have been chosen from 16 countries, including a number of Australian feature and short films. Chris recommends the film ‘Living the Change’ to us – it plays on Thursday 18 October.


“The past 12 months have seen unprecedented global and local movements and campaigns to greater protect our environment, starting with changing our everyday behaviours, such as banning single-use plastic bags,” said EFFA co-director Chris Gerbing.


This is exactly the action EFFA encourages, and this year the festival will host a number of panel discussions with leading experts to encourage everyone to make changes – big and small – to help reduce their environmental impact.

The volume and calibre of films submitted for EFFA 2018 makes it is one of EFFA’s most ambitious festivals yet, and we encourage everyone – from committed activists to the ‘enviro-curious’ – to come to EFFA in Melbourne.

It’s a welcoming festival which provides a range of films and experiences to engage with environmental issues, and spark a conversation about the action needed to help curb the alarming trends we are seeing in environmental change around the world.

» More info on www.effa.org.au

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Jeff Butler: Grow it, eat it


Jeff Butler speaking about the initiative at Geelong Sustainability’s Green Drinks event

‘Grow it, Eat it’ is a celebration of local community food with free workshops, film, talks and more to engage and inspire you to connect with local community food.

» More info on www.transitionsouthbarwon.org.au



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New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern: About climate justice and kindness


Jacinda Ardern, prime minister of New Zealand, addresses the general debate of the 73rd Session of the General Assembly of the UN in New York on 25 September 2018

There are more electric vehicles in New Zealand than Australia — and there are about to be a lot more. New Zealand has reached 10,000 electric vehicle registrations and flags new policies to encourage EVs – including a penalty for buyers of high emissions vehicles and a rebate for low or zero emission cars.




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 #CLIMATECHANGE: 

Australia has just experienced its driest September on record

» Sydney Morning Herald – 1 October 2018:
Rainfall tallies plummet after Australia’s driest September on record
“Australia has notched its driest September on record, with less than a third of the usual rainfall for the month, extending the dry spell that has farmers and firefighters increasingly desperate for rain. Victoria posted its second driest September, also collecting just a third of its typical September rain.”




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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



» Vox – 26 September 2018:
Climate change is a global injustice. A new study shows why




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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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