Youth protesting, politics and people power


Half way through the National Recycling Week, our guest in The Sustainable Hour on 14 November 2018 is singer Wayne Jury who is also head of waste reduction at Queenscliff Music Festival, coming up on 23 November. He has brought his guitar with him and performs two songs with sustainability themes for us, live on air.

Two students at Kardinia International College, Laura Kelly and Jude Corbet, explain why they are helping organising a school strike for climate action in Geelong on 23 November.

Colin Mockett is back – this time not with his ‘Global Outlook’, today he takes a local outlook on the political parties’ energy and climate policies – with the hope that sustainability and climate-aware voters will spread the message about who to vote for in the state election on 24 November.

We also listen to what some of the political candidates have to say about climate emergency, the Victorian Renewable Energy Target and wind energy – among them: Lloyd Davies from The Greens and Andy Meddick from the Animal Justice Party, both running in Western Victoria, and Liberal candidate Andrew Katos, independent candidate Damien Cole, Greens candidate Marian Smedley and Labor candidate Darren Cheeseman in the South Barwon electorate.

And we play a three-minute clip from 3RRR’s Greening the Apocalypse on 6 November 2018 where climate emergency campaigner Jane Morton was a guest in the studio and suggested what it is that has gone wrong with our current elected leaders in Canberra.

 

“Hearing the youth’s voice and taking them seriously, is not just ‘ticking the youth box’, it is unleashing a global revolution of sense, clarity and wisdom.”
~ Jamie Kelsey Fry, on Twitter




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Wayne Jury

Singer Wayne Jury is head of waste reduction at Queenscliff Music Festival, coming up on 23 November 2018. He has his guitar with him in the radio studio and performs two songs with sustainability themes for us, live on air.

» Queenscliff Music Festival:
www.qmf.net.au

» Find more inspiration on www.greenmusic.org.au


British arts world goes green

Over the past six years, theatres, galleries, museums, music venues, festivals and other cultural organisations across the United Kingdom have taken great strides to improve their environmental practice. Collectively, these organisations have reduced energy consumption by 23 per cent and made savings of £16.5 million.

This is some of the facts at display in Arts Council England’s Environmental Report 2017/18, ‘Sustaining Great Art and Culture’.

Arts Council England has been working in partnership with Julie’s Bicycle since 2012 to inspire environmental action across the arts and culture sector, with a focus on long-term funding partners, the National Portfolio Organisations. This report celebrates the successes of arts and cultural organisations in acting on national and international climate targets.

Key findings of the report include:

Organisations are consistently reducing carbon emissions: CO2 emissions have decreased by 35% across the National Portfolio since the programme began.

Organisations are more energy efficient: Direct energy consumption has been reduced by 23% since 2012/13.

Organisations are increasingly financially resilient: The ongoing drive to reduce energy consumption has led to financial savings of £16.5 million since the programme began.

Organisations are experiencing benefits beyond reductions: Environmental practice and carbon literacy are being linked to improvements in other organisational priorities, including team morale and strategic decision-making.

Organisations are contributing to a new creative ecology: The above trends drive demand for – and generate new skills and knowledge that support – clean technologies, sustainable goods and services, greener waste solutions and the emergent circular economy. A quarter of the Portfolio are now on a green energy tariff.

» Find out more about the report’s findings on www.juliesbicycle.com



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“The children have had enough of our stupidity.”

School strike in Australia

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“What began as a small local protest is growing into a nationwide movement.”
~ The Guardian on 7 November 2018


 #CLIMATESTRIKE #YOUTHREBELLION: 

Laura Kelly and Jude Corbet:
Why we go on school strike for climate action

Six minute interview with Laura Kelly and Jude Corbet by Anthony Gleeson

Laura Kelly and Jude Corbet are students at Kardinia International College. The are organising the Geelong school strike on 23 November, where students will meet in front of Richard Marles MP’s office in Yarra Street.

“It makes me want to cry”

“Miserable. Frustrated. Let down. These are the things I feel when I think about the climate change crisis and my future. Miserable, because the wonderful world I have experienced, may not exist much longer. Frustrated, because there is so much we could be doing about the crisis that we aren’t, and because our politicians are still in denial. Let down, because the government are supposed to protect me, not destroy my chances of a happy future.

Hurt. Angry. Sorrowful. These are the things I feel when I hear people say that because I’m a child, I can’t think for myself. Hurt, because I know this is an excuse not to listen to me. Angry, because being a child may mean I am less mature, educated, and articulate, but in no way, does it mean I can’t think for myself and make my own decisions. Sorrowful, because I want so badly to be heard and understood, but these people can’t see past my age.

So, I have a message for our politicians:

You must listen to us now! You cannot continue pretending we are not here, and that climate change is okay. Because we are here, so is the climate crisis, and it is destroying our planet. These are people’s futures you’re dealing with. These are people’s lives. And we are the people whose lives are in your hands. We are here, trying to be heard, fighting for what is right, and telling you to do the same. We have trusted you to do what is in the best interest of our country, and it is clear to us that you aren’t.”
~ Harriet O’Shea Albrecht, 14 years old, Castlemaine: ‘When I think of my blessings, it makes me want to cry’


“I’m sick and tired of our politicians not taking any action against climate change.”

~ Jean Hinchliffe, in an interview on SBS The Feed on 8 November 2018


Petition

“Will you sign the petition so kids across Australia know you have their back for the school strike? We want our politicians to show us they care about our futures by stopping Adani’s coal mine as the first step towards moving Australia beyond coal and gas to 100% renewable energy for everyone.”

» Sign the petition


#ClimateStrikeAustralia: Students walk out of school


“We are dealing with climate change in a way that doesn’t undermine the opportunity for young people in particular to get a job, to build a career in Australia into the future.”
~ Mathias Cormann, federal finance minister, on ABC and SBS News



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Jane Morton

Jane Morton was guest in 3RRR’s Greening the Apocalypse on 6 November 2018 where she talked about the psychology of climate emergency messaging and her booklet ‘Don’t mention the emergency?’. She suggested at a deeper level what it is that has gone wrong with our current elected leaders in Canberra.

» Listen to the episode of Greening the Apocalypse which was aired on 6 November 2018. The interview begins after 1 minute.

» Jane Morton’s booklet: ‘Don’t mention the emergency?’



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Colin Mockett’s guide to the Victorian state election


Environment Victoria: “A dangerous, dead-end policy”

Mark Wakeham and the team at Environment Victoria wrote in a newsletter:
“This week the head of the International Energy Agency said the planet couldn’t cope with another coal or gas power station. Not one. He explained that if we are going to limit global warming to less than two degrees (which is already a dangerous threshold), then “we have no room to build anything that emits CO2 emissions.” Not now, not anywhere.

So when [COALition leader] Matthew Guy promised this same week that the Liberal Party would build a new coal or gas power station if elected, it’s no exaggeration to say their plan puts our world’s future at risk.

It gets worse. They also plan to keep Yallourn, the dirtiest power station in the country, operating for as long as possible, potentially with state government subsidies. This is a dangerous, dead-end policy. But while we know more than 80% of Victorians want more renewable energy and less coal, many will not yet have heard of this damaging plan.”


Richest 10% produce half of our carbon emissions
As Pope Francis wrote in his Encyclical letter in 2015, “The greatest effects of all attacks on the environment are suffered by the poorest.” (Laudato Si’ 48)

According to an Oxfam study, the 10 per cent of the population who are the highest global emitters create half of global emissions. If these the richest people in our society wanted to, they could be a powerful part of the solution. Unfortunately, many of the – not all – choose to spend more money on defending their lifestyle with private firefighters, guards and higher walls and protecting the polluting energy industries than on helping solving the issue with humanity^s carbon emissions and the climate we are wrecking.

Climate emergency: from unmentionable to mainstream



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Audio excerpts:

• In a three-minute clip from the Western Victorian Candidates Forum at The Pulse, Lloyd Davies from The Greens and Andy Meddick from the Animal Justice Party talk about the climate emergency and what they think needs to get done about it.

• In a four-minute clip from the South Barwon Candidates Forum at The Pulse, you can hear the discussion about the new wind farms which are being constructed in the Geelong region between Andrew Katos, Liberal, Damien Cole, independent, Marian Smedley, The Greens, and Darren Cheeseman, Labor.

In our 36-minute excerpt from The Pulse’s election candidate forums, you can listen to the candidates commenting on the topics of climate change and renewable energy.

Listen to more from the forums:

Election candidates discuss climate and renewables





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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





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Now is the time

Excerpt of Climate Council newsletter by CEO Amanda McKenzie

“Opportunity for change is in the air. The majority of Australians are concerned about climate change and want to see decisive action (1). In the past month:

• Exit polling for the Wentworth by-election showed that for almost 80% of voters, climate change had at least some influence on their vote (2);

• A recent survey of Australian company directors nominated climate change as the number one issue they want the Federal Government to address (3);

• Investors are urging for climate change to be prioritised (4); and

• Environmental groups have called for the upcoming federal election to be an election on climate change (5).

The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report shows that an increase of 1°C in global temperatures has already made the world a more dangerous place. A further half a degree rise will have serious consequences for health, livelihoods, food and water supply, human security, infrastructure and the environment. While 2°C warming will be devastating, including the end of the Great Barrier Reef as we know it (6).

The Federal Government’s blatant dismissal of this scientific report has mobilised Australians across the board – young or old, from the city or country, and from all walks of life.

Right now, the Climate Council’s mission is more important than ever.

Because we know that issues that dominate the media headlines stay at the top of the public consciousness, we will be working day in and day out to make sure that climate change stays at the top of the agenda, especially as we head into several election cycles.

Our plan is to:

• Maintain the constant drumbeat of high profile media coverage on climate change and the solutions.

• Bust myths and misinformation, particularly around electricity prices and ‘clean coal’, and keep calling out the fact that Australia is not meeting its emission reduction targets.

• Support important voices, like farmers, doctors and firefighters, to speak in the media.

• Raise the profile of climate change by reaching new audiences via digital media.

• Brief key influencers, journalists and politicians on the latest climate science and solutions.

• Double down on our work with local and state governments, where climate action is progressing quickly.

But we can’t do it without you.

If you’ve ever considered making a donation, now’s the time. Your ongoing support, no matter whether it’s small or large, allows us to plan our research and communications, and ensures we can play an effective role in pushing for Australia to implement a robust climate change policy.

The next few months will be critical, and I’m positive we can make a huge impact. We’ll be in touch soon with even more ways you can get involved.
Let’s make this moment count.”

» You can donate to Climate Council on www.climatecouncil.org.au

(1) Doing Enough to Address Climate Change, Essential Report, 23 October 2018 
(2) Wentworth exit poll shows Climate and Coal are key issues in Liberal vote collapse, The Australia Institute, 20 October 2018
(3) Why Australian company directors have started caring about climate change, ABC News, 25 October 2018
(4) Climate investment risk is ‘diverse, urgent and complex’: Colonial, Sydney Morning Herald, 31 October 2018
(5) Marginal federal seats in the firing line over climate change inaction, Sydney Morning Herald, 30 October 2018
(6) The good, the bad and the ugly: Limiting temperature rise to 1.5C, Climate Council, 8 October 2018



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» RenewEconomy – 13 July 2018:
Australia ranked worst in world on climate action
“Australia is performing worse than most other advanced countries in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to the global SDG Index, which compares different nations’ performance on the goals. According to the SDG Index, released yesterday in New York, Australia is ranked 37th in the world – down from 26th last year, and behind most other wealthy countries including New Zealand, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.”



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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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» Download podcast audio: http://climatesafety.info/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/sustainablehour242_032kbp.mp3 » Listen online, see videos and read more info: https://climatesafety.info/thesustainablehour242 The Sustainable Hour no 242: People power, youth protesting and politics Half way through the National Recycling Week, our guest in The Sustainable Hour on 14 November 2018 is singer Wayne Jury who is also head of waste reduction at Queenscliff Music Festival, coming up on 23 November. He has brought his guitar with him and performs two songs with sustainability themes for us, live on air. Two students at Kardinia International College, Laura Kelly and Jude Corbett, explain why they are helping organising a school strike for climate action in Geelong on 23 November. Colin Mockett is back – this time not with his ‘Global Outlook’, today he takes a local outlook on the political parties’ energy and climate policies – with the hope that sustainability and climate-aware voters will spread the message about who to vote for in the state election on 24 November. We also listen to what some of the political candidates have to say about climate emergency, the Victorian Renewable Energy Target and wind energy – among them: Lloyd Davies from The Greens and Andy Meddick from the Animal Justice Party, both running in Western Victoria, and Liberal candidate Andrew Katos, independent candidate Damien Cole, Greens candidate Marian Smedley and Labor candidate Darren Cheeseman in the South Barwon electorate. And we play a three-minute clip from 3RRR’s Greening the Apocalypse on 6 November 2018 where climate emergency campaigner Jane Morton was a guest in the studio and suggested what it is that has gone wrong with our current elected leaders in Canberra. . . . “Hearing the youth’s voice and taking them seriously, is not just ‘ticking the youth box’, it is unleashing a global revolution of sense, clarity and wisdom.” ~ Jamie Kelsey Fry, on Twitter » Retweet: https://twitter.com/SustainableHour/status/1063738590465835008 . . . #ClimateEmergency #FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike #ClimateStrikeAustralia #thetimehascome

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