The Sustainable Hour: Preparing for the future

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Tina Perfrement from Future Proofing Geelong was the first guest in the program when we started broadcasting it back in 2013. She’s back – 56 radio shows later – to give us an overview of what has happened since last, and what we can expect from Geelong Council in 2015. We also talk about Live Earth, and play music with Pharrell Williams, Katie Costello and Luke O’Shea.



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Climate pushes Doomsday Clock close to midnight

The two main “extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity” are more acute than at any time in the last 30 years, according to scientists in the US.
The warning comes from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ science and security board, which has moved the hands of the historic Doomsday Clock forward two minutes. They now stand at three minutes to midnight.

“The probability of global catastrophe is very high” without urgent action.

www.climatenewsnetwork.net



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The social cost of CO2: $220 per tonne

A new Stanford University study shows longer term feedbacks from economic disruptions caused by climate change could mean the social cost of emitting an additional tonne of carbon dioxide today is around $220.

The social impact of climate change could be much greater than previously thought.


» Mik’s calculation: One flight to Denmark and back uses 2,200 kilo CO2, so the social cost for that return ticket would be around US$450 = AUS$550.

» www.rtcc.org



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Official Australian climate change information

The Federal Government has launched ‘Climate Change in Australia’ – an interactive site presenting an impressive analysis of current and forecast climate impacts in Australia.

For something that poses such a threat to our well-being and our economy more generally, there was very little fanfare from the government upon it’s release… so we thought we’d share it with you all here.

Would be good if you will share the link onwards to your network. Australians deserve to know the reality of what we face unless we take action on climate change very very soon.

» http://climatechangeinaustralia.gov.au/en



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Australian climate change projections

“This week the CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology released climate change projections for the rest of this century. If they are correct what does it mean for us all? Can we ‘future proof’ our towns and cities?
Trevor Chappell spoke to Dr Reese Halter, who is a Conservation biologist and Overnights’ ‘Earth Doctor’.”

In 37 minutes the two touch on fracking, seismic testing in the Great Australian Bite and off the coast of Newcastle, population, and the greed and stupidity of man. Great listen.

» ABC Radio – 29 January 2015:
Latest Climate Change Report



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“Humanity harmonize all at once”

A billion voices with one message: demand climate action now

The largest NGO coalition that has ever come together in 193 countries – all broadcasting on the same day the biggest artists ever collected, with station concerts of 4-6 hours duration in major cities all over the planet, all happening on the 18th of June.

Pharrell is giving it a shot. The hip-hop mogul announced at the World Economic Forum summit in Davos that he’s partnering with Al Gore to organize ‘Live Earth: Road to Paris’, a series of concerts that will take place across six continents over 24 hours on June 18. The goal? Getting one billion people to sign a petition stating that yes, they’d really like it if some semblance of constructive action were to take place at COP21.

The most musically gifted elf in the game was the creative director on Gore’s last Live Earth bonanza in 2007, which had, according to a Yale study, only a limited impact on actually getting Americans to care about climate change who weren’t already worried about it before. It also caught a lot of flak for having a massive carbon footprint on account of the many of the performers private-jetting around.

So what’s going to be different this time? Well, as Pharrell somewhat ominously shared: “I think you guys know how serious the global warming thing is, and so for us, we’re taking it very seriously, and we wanted to do something very different this time. Instead of just having people perform, we literally — and I can’t go all the way into it now, because some interesting surprises [are] coming up soon — but we literally are going to have humanity harmonize all at once.”

Immediately after announcing Live Earth 2: Live Harder, Pharrell and Gore announced that they’d be doing a remake of “Drop It Like It’s Hot” — but about the planet! Get it?? — with Gore doing all the Snoop verses. Okay, that didn’t really happen, but the streets are calling for it.



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“More than 24,000 Australians were employed in the renewable energy sector in 2012. The Clean Energy Council estimates that a further 18,400 new jobs will be created by 2020 if the RET is retained in its current form.

Recent surveys put the jobless rate at about 6 percent, the highest rate since Tony Abbott was employment minister. Right now, more than 700,000 Australians are looking for work.”

» The Age – 26 December 2014
The economic case for renewable energy
By Andrew Leigh, shadow assistant treasurer and Member for Fraser



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Luke O’Shea

Australian country music star and Golden Guitar winner Luke O’Shea has released a music video for his song ‘Sing You Up’ – dedicated to people across Australia fighting inappropriate coal and gas mining. You can see it here:

This week, Luke O’Shea locked-on to protest the Maules Creek coal mine, with his dad, Rick. Here is a part of his statement:

“It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you’re from, if you believe in something, and you love the land, and the rivers, then you put yourself on the line to defend it. One hundred years ago our ancestors answered the call to help their mates in strife overseas. Today, greed is the enemy and the battle is on our land. So much of rural Australia needs our help. Hopefully, this action can inspire others to find out what’s really happening out here and to realise they can make a difference.”

» www.lockthegate.org.au



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