Mik’s debut as a youtuber: The ‘Show me how’ series

Mik Aidt is co-host of The Sustainable Hour in Geelong
After six years as a host in the ‘climate bunker’, Mik has picked up the video camera on his phone to start youtubing

Meet some of the first-movers, change-makers and doers who are redefining the Australian way of life as they rearrange, rethink and innovate how to reduce their ecological footprint to a sustainable level.

Over 10 weeks, The Sustainable Hour is launching a series of 10 short videos about the journey each of us can start if we want to help “changing the world one street at a time,” as the slogan for Australian Transition Streets movement goes. The good news coming from the many participating interviewees is that this is something that creates positive impact for your private economy as well as for the local community and the environment.

Youtube channel: Show me how – on 14 August 2019
[ Episode 1 ][ Episode 2 ][ Episode 3 ][ Episode 4 ][ Episode 5 ]

Half a year ago, Mik made a new years resolution to become carbon-neutral by 2025. He started working on retrofitting his home front, and his personal journey of discoveries and experiences is very much part of the story. 

Mik is a 56-year-old radio journalist and dad to three children and an immigrant from the land of bikes and windmills, Denmark. Together with his family, he moved into an old, leaking and uninsulated house in central Geelong in 2015.

Drafts through leakages in thin walls and single-glass windows make the house freezing cold in the winter and sweating hot in the summer. As a local community radio host, Mik had been talking with hundreds of Geelong residents about transitioning to more environment-conscious and carbon-free lifestyle in accordance with the need to act on the climate emergency. But getting started is the tricky part. There are so many choices and options – it can be overwhelming and confusing.

Glimpses from the ‘Show me how’ video series

“Lots of people in our community have come far with the process and they can inspire you how to get started,” Monica Winston, coordinator of Transition Street Geelong, told him in a live radio interview. She left Mik with a copy of the ‘Transition Streets workbook’, which is full of suggestions and advice as well. 

With an ambition to pick up knowledge and ideas about what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to topics such as saving water and energy, reducing waste, composting, growing food, and using zero-carbon modes of transport, Mik picked up his phone, and started using it as a video camera. He’s hoping to be able to inspire others to start similar footprint-reduction quests, and when it comes to explaining about practical experiences, it is good to have the images. This is radio gone visual. 

Mik discovers a whole new world of action that strengthens his conviction that as a society, we actually do have the capacity to turn our current climate-wrecking and polluting old habits into something better. He discovers an outline in the horizon of what a sustainable and ecological civilisation eventually could look like.

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 SHOW ME HOW – EPISODE 1: 

The burning question

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There is a lot of talk about decarbonising our society and how quickly we must transition to a low-carbon lifestyle with a much smaller ecological footprint. “Alright then,” says Mik, “but more precisely, how are we going to do this at the personal level?”

Mik Aidt is a Danish-Australian journalist, who founded the weekly community radio show The Sustainable Hour on 94.7 The Pulse six years ago.

Inspired by an invitation from the coordinator of Transition Streets Geelong, Monica Winston – given while she was a guest in the program to talk about the development of the Transition Streets movement – Mik decides to follow the ‘seeing is believing’ mantra: He leaves the climate bunker and goes out in the city to learn how its change-makers, first-movers and doers are transitioning to a low carbon lifestyle and reducing their ecological footprints.

Using the video camera on his phone, he is going to bring back reports about what he has learned every week in the coming months. The report will be uploaded to this Youtube channel and aired in the radio studio, and the people he has met are also invited to elaborate on their experiences in the radio podcast, which is made available on iTunes on Stitcher. So stay tuned!

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First show me why

 SHOW ME HOW – EPISODE 2: 

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Show Me How episode 2 is about Mik’s personal realisation and resolution. In this episode, Mik tells his personal journey that got him interested in the tools and solutions that the Transition Streets movement has to offer.

Interview with Zoe Stewart-Johns from Transition Towns Borough of Queenscliffe – www.transitiontowns-boq.weebly.com

The video also contains an excerpt of an interview with Mary Stringer from Transition Banyule, which was screened at the Transition Towns Borough’s festival. Mary Stringer is co-editor of the Transition Streets workbook, and she is co-founder and long term member of Transition Banyule. The interview video was produced in August 2017 by Anna Morgan and can been seen here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUrtlmTaws0

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Mik’s realisation
When we want to address a huge global challenge such as the climate emergency, local action and recilience-building has more impact than people generally recognise. This is because the local acts are part of a growing global movement, and because actual behavioural change and “voting with the dollar” sometimes have more impact on policy making than any spoken or written words.

This is what Mik has come to realise after having talked year in and year out about the topic as a radio host in The Sustainable Hour on 94.7 The Pulse.

In this introductury episode, Mik shows what got him started on the journey with reducing his own ecological footprint, even though the amount of changes it will make on the environment and the atmosphere’s composition of course may seem ridiculously insignificant. However, they are not when a large number of people do the same.

It was his own personal “climate emergency declaration”, which in reality was a private new years resolution that went a bit futher than this kind of resolutions normally do, which kickstarted his interest in the GIY – Green It Yourself – movement and what the Transition Streets movement in Geelong would have to offer in that area.

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SOURCES, RECOURCES, INSPIRATION AND INFORMATION

→ You can read more about the $5.2 trillion government subsidies to fossil fuels in 2017 on imf.org:

→ Climate Home News – 4 June 2018:
G7 fossil fuel subsidies worth $100bn a year to industry, study finds
“UK accused of masking subsidies to fossil fuels, ahead of meeting of G7 countries, which have agreed to end taxpayer support by 2025”

→ Transition Towns Borough of Queenscliffe’s Facebook page


 SHOW ME HOW – EPISODE 3: 

Transitioning our street

Show Me How episode 3 is about how to start a transition group in your own street

Interviews with Jackie Matthews and Karen from Transition Chaudenay Mews in Ocean Grove, Derek Ryan from Transition Street Saleyards in North Geelong, Rosie Bright from Highmont Drive Transition Street, Richard Hamilton from Transition Avon Street, Simon Reeves from Transition Streets Norlane, and Monica Winston who is the co-ordinator of Transition Streets Geelong.

In this third episode of the ‘Show me how’ series, Mik sets out to learn how it works when you’d like to start a transition group in your own street. In Ocean Grove, a new group is being created, and two neighbours explain about their first steps. Derek’s, Richard’s and Simon’s groups are more than a year down the track, and they give examples of how their Transition Streets are making a difference.

Monica Winston, who is co-ordinator of Transition Streets Geelong, explains how it works with printing and letterboxing an introduction letter and getting hold of copies of the workbook.

“The ecological footprint is the starting point of the Transition Street program,” Monica says. “The workbook gives you a method to register the progress you’re making making in reducing it.”

“Another important goal for the Transition Street movement is to create resilience and strengthen a sense of community and togetherness around the challenges we face.”

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INSPIRATIONAL

HP Australia Environmental Sustainability Study 2018 (PDF)


 SHOW ME HOW – EPISODE 4: 

Storing and recyling passion in pipes

Show Me How episode 4 is about water

Interviews with Mark Hoffman from Belmont Hights Transition Group, Derek Ryan from Transition Street Saleyards in North Geelong, and Rosie Bright from Highmont Drive Transition Street.

In this fourth episode of the ‘Show me how’ series, we visit three water-harvesting enthusiasts who show us how how they do it. 

It is very much about pracising ‘common water-sense’. It is about finding good ways to store it in your garden. How to recycle what comes from your shower and sink. Save water where you can. It can be done with grand engineering of pipes, pumps and ingenious storage and filtering methods, but there are also many super-simple and cost-saving ways you can do it.

Rosie Bright’s method is the simplest of them all: She uses a bucket in the shower to collect the cold water that comes out in the beginning, before the warm water arrives. Similarly, when she is washing vegetables, she uses a recycled icecream container to collect the water, which she uses in the garden.

The average consumption of water per person in Geelong region is over 200 litres per day. Derek Ryan only purchases around 10 litres per day from the waterworks, because every other of his households’ and garden’s waterneed gets covered by clever systems of pipes and pumps he has set up, so he is able to recycle greywater from the kitchen and bathroom, and store the rain that falls on the roof. One millimetre of rain gives him 300 litres of freshwater in the tanks.

Mark Hoffman is an enthusiastic permaculturalist who harvests and stores rainwater to water his rich vegetable garden and 80 fruit trees. He shows us the principles of slowing down the rainwater from the roof of the house, so it doesn’t just get washed away in the gutter, but is being naturally distributed and stored in ponds around the garden.

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→ Article about Mark Hoffmann in Complete Home

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Global water crisis

“A quarter of humanity faces looming water crises”, wrote the New York Times on 6 August 2019.

Have a look at the map. Some of Australia will be among the hardest hit. Note the dark red areas around Melbourne. 


 SHOW ME HOW – EPISODE 5: 

Transitioning towards energy freedom

Show me how episode 5 is about renewable energy and energy efficiency

Interviews with Glen Rodgers, architect and director of Zero C – and with Kenneth Pedersen, Danish student at Deakin University in Geelong.

In this fifth episode of the ‘Show me how’ series, Mik sets out to find out how to properly retrofit an old shed with insulation and doubleglazed windows, so that it not only sustains a comfortable indoor temperature at almost no energy cost, but also is powered with clean and green energy that doesn’t heat the planet.

Guest in The Sustainable Hour on 14 August 2019: Architect Glen Rogers from Zero C

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QUOTES

Australia’s construction, maintenance and use of buildings constitutes around 25 per cent of its annual carbon emissions.
~ Van der Heijden, 2018

Buildings consume one-third of all the Earth’s resources.
~ Doan et al, 2017

80 per cent of all greenhouse gases are attributable directly to urban residents and their associated affluence.
~ Hoornweg et al, 2011

You can read more about this in the article ‘End-user engagement: The missing link of sustainability transition for Australian residential buildings’ by Igor Martek, M. Reza Hosseini, Asheem Shrestha, David J. Edwards, Stewart Seaton, and Glenn Costin, published in March 2019 in Journal of Cleaner Production 

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SOURCES, RECOURCES, INSPIRATION AND INFORMATION

→ Richard Keech’s blog: New Energy Thinking
www.newenergythinking.com/blog

→ Book: ‘The Energy Freedom Home’
www.shop.ata.org.au

→ Beyond Zero Emissions’s Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/beyondzeroemissions

Videos by the Danish energy company Ørsted:

Let’s create a world that runs entirely on green energy

The Earth is under pressure, we need to act now

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“A groundbreaking report shows solar and wind way more economic then oil, and here is a 4 minute slideshow summary for busy folk showing why.”
~ Jeremy Leggett


LEARN MORE

→ Learn more about the Transition Streets movement in Geelong on www.transitionstreetgeelong.org

→ Download the Transition Streets Workbook

→ See guides and videos on www.transitionaustralia.net

→ More about The Sustainable Hour on www.podcast.climatesafety.info

→ More about Mik’s ‘Show me how’ series on www.climatesafety.info/showmehow

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CREDITS

This film was produced by Geelong Media – www.geelongmedia.com.au – with assistance from The Sustainable Hour crew at 94.7 The Pulse.

We acknowledge that Transition Streets Geelong operates on the traditional lands of the Wadawurrung, and also that the Transition Streets workbook was created by Transition Newcastle in New South Wales.

Music: ‘Mr Sunny Face’ by Wayne Jones, ‘Castleshire’ by Chris Haugen and ‘A Dream Within a Dream’ by Twin Musicom, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence.

A big thank you to Phil Baulch for the drone footage of Geelong, and to Erik Thorup for thermal heat footage of Loyang B power plant in Gippsland. And to NASA for the planetary carbon emissions map and emissions data.

The project was supported by the City of Greater Geelong through its Environment & Sustainability Program and by South Barwon Community Centre.

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