Teenagers pick up the torch – #TheTimeHasCome


“You are always telling us kids to clean up after ourselves, so now it’s your turn. We are coming to remind you to tidy up your mess. And we will only get louder.”
~ Nora, Year 6 student at Forest Lodge Public School



In the lead up to the first-ever #SchoolStrike4Climate in Geelong, students’ protesting against politicians’ climate inaction will be happening outside Labor’s member of parliament Richard Marles’ office in Yarra Street on Friday 23 November.


Guest in The Sustainable Youth Hour is 19-year-old Alex Marshal who has picked up the torch from being 2017 School Captain of Sacred Heart College to becoming a climate emergency campaigner in Geelong and the Surf Coast.

We start the hour with a short statement by Elsie Luna from the UK: “Excuse me – I have a question for you. Do you know why children all over the world are speaking up about climate breakdown? Well I’ll tell you now. It’s because people like you aren’t saying anything about it all – and that has to change – now! …or else …there will be rebellion.”

“London calling”: We play some clips from the Facebook live-stream from ‘Rebellion Day’ in London on Saturday, where 6,000 people occupied five bridges and 80 protestors were arrested.

Kara Stuart from #StopAdaniMelbourne tells us all about the #Funeral4OurFuture taking place in Melbourne on Saturday 1 December


Marco Bellemo is a Year 12 student at Northcote High School, who has created two climate-focused art pieces for his VCE Art Major works.

Colin Mockett goes 4,000 years back today – to have a look at NASA’s carbon emissions data.

16-year-old Jamie Margolin talks about what gave her the idea to start the American youth movement This Is Zero Hour.


And we play a clip from a powerful speech by Bernie Sanders, possibly the next president of the United States:
 

“Change never takes place from top down. It takes place when people by the millions – sometimes over decades and sometimes over centuries – determine that the status quo, the world that they see in front of them, is not the world that should be, and they come together, and sometimes they get arrested, and sometimes they are on a picket line, and sometimes they die in the struggle, and what human history is about is passing that torch on, from generation to generation to generation – are people who pick up the torch that may have begun hundreds or literally thousands of years ago – and young people stand in front of the world today and say ‘No, this is not the world that I am comfortable with. This is the world we are going to change.”
~ Bernie Sanders, American senator




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“The main thing is it is giving people license to talk about the climate emergency which for many of us has been a dark thought at the back of our head. Suddenly now it is out in the open. It gives us license to talk about the biggest issue of our time, of our era.”

“This might be the biggest threat to society we have ever seen. So now is the time to say, ‘Not in our name’. Not because we know that we can stop climate change. But because everyone knows we are going to die. Like, that is one thing we know as a human beings. What matters is that we tell a story with our lives WHILE we are here. And I am proud to be on this bridge.”

~ Unnamed speakers at Extinction Day in London

 #EXTINCTIONREBELLION #XR #CLIMATEEMERGENCY: 

Rebellion Day

Video crafted by Wharton Films


“As a lawyer, it’s not an easy decision to… break the law intentionally… But I’ve decided to do that because… the laws… are not inline with the Paris Agreement.”
~ Farhana Yamin

Saturday 17 November 2018 was ‘Rebellion Day’ – the climax of six consecutive days of disruptive, non-violent civil disobedience, which began on 12 November with an action at the Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Extinction Rebellion assembled in cities across the UK including London, where they occupied the city’s five major bridges, “creating economic pressure where it will be felt the most.”

“This corporate-sponsored government, whose pandering to fossil fuel billionaires and whose negligence in refusing to honestly acknowledge the ecological crisis has given us no other choice than to conscientiously rebel,” wrote Extinction Rebellion on their Facebook page.

» Geelong Advertiser – (3 min video)
Bridges Blocked as Thousands Protest Climate Change in Central London

“Our wildlife is dying, our children are under threat. We must act now. Governments around the world must tell the truth and start preparing. We can act. We can change the course of destruction that we are on but it will take everyone to rebel and rise up.”
Simon Bramwell, one of those arrested at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 12 November 2018

210 million people have been displaced by climate related catastrophes since 2008, according to UNHCR. Male insect fertility halved by heatwaves.


‘Emergency’ by Blythe Pepino

Lyrics:

“I’m sorry, my friends. I didn’t want to stop you, when you were having such a fine time.
But – this is an emergency! Your house is all on fire, and if we do not rise up now, all this will turn to ashes.

I’m sorry, my friends. I didn’t want to trouble you, when you were having such a hard time.
But – this is an emergency! The waters are all climbing. And so we have to rise up now, or we will soon be drowning.

I’m sorry, my friends. That we have all been arguing- and now we’re nearly out of time.
But – this is an emergency! There’ll be no food for eating. And so we have to rise up now, or this knife will be for fighting.

I’m sorry, my children. I didn’t want to frighten you- and this is no ghost story
This is an emergency! Our leaders have all failed us. And so we have to rise up now… and join the rebellion.
And so we have to rise up now…. And form the rebellion.”

» Soundcloud



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 #CLIMATESCIENCE: 

Colin Mockett: NASA

“Over the last 150 years, humanity has emitted enough greenhouse gases into Earth’s atmosphere to bring carbon dioxide levels up to the highest they’ve been in 800,000 years. The planet is already warmer than it’s been in 120,000 years.”

We’re locked in. We can’t go back to the way it was before. We cannot go back in time. Or if we eventually can, it is not likely that it will happen on our watch.

Our new world under climate change is terrifying in many ways. In the light of the devastating IPCC report, it is easy to be overwhelmed. But instead of looking only at the sum total of all of those wrongs, we’ll have to break them down and pick the ones we will tackle.




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 #STOPADANI: 

Kara Stuart: Funeral for our future

Kara Stuart grew up in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges outside of Melbourne, and from a young age she knew that it was important to protect our natural environment.

She joined the Stop Adani movement because she believes the Adani coal mine represents everything that is wrong with the fossil fuel industry: corruption, trashing indigenous rights, risking water supplies, environmental destruction, and fueling dangerous climate change.

“I see this as a landmark battle of the fossil fuel industry versus people power, and not only will winning be a tipping point for the climate movement, but to get there we will grow a huge movement of skilled activists and connected communities who will be empowered to take on other campaigns in the future,” Kara said.




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Marco Bellemo

 #ARTSANDCLIMATE: 

Marco Bellemo

Untitled loss, no. 180864000

About ‘Untitled loss, no. 180864000’
The number in the title refers to the 180,864,000 tonnes of carbon that would be released if all the designated coupes of Mountain Ash forest in Victoria’s Central highlands are clear-felled.

Dirty water

About ‘Dirty Water, 2018’
The title ‘Dirty Water’ refers to the 672 photos that I have collated together in this artwork, which show the pollution and waste along the Merri creek. This title also refers to the global problem regarding the Human activities that are having a detrimental effect on the health of the environment, in particular water which is essential to life.

Both of Marco’s artworks have been shortlisted for Top Arts.



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Climate strike in the media

First Dog on the Moon

» First Dog on the Moon – 15 November 2018:
The children are rioting on the streets. They are deadly serious and perhaps our last hope

» Student Edge – 12 November 2018:
“We Can’t Sit Around”: Aussie Students Are Skipping School to Combat Climate Change
“Kids around Australia are taking climate change into their own hands.”

» Australian Geographic:
Australian children are striking for climate: here’s why
“A group of teenagers from country Victoria are hoping to inspire climate-change action across the country.”

» News.com.au | Australian Associated Press – 10 November 2018:
Aussie youth strike for climate action
“Children across Australia are walking out of school to speak with their local federal politicians as they’re fed up with inaction on environmental issues.”

» Deutsche Welle – 16 November 2018:
#ClimateStrike: Australian students protest climate change (FB video)

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‘Well, it’s jobs!’

“And then everybody says, ‘Well, it’s jobs!’ Well, I say: jobs can’t fix cancer. My dad died of two forms of cancer. They can’t get our air back. They can’t get our water back. They can’t do shit.”
– Rashida Tlaib




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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


Climate Reality Leader and Chapter Chair Paula Clements, Climate Reality Solutions Associate Kelsey Anderson, and Climate Reality Engagement Director Olena Alec at a YouthvGov rally in Virginia on 29 October 2018.

» Climate Reality – 9 November 2018:
Young Climate Reality leaders take climate action to the courts
“Our Climate Reality Leaders know all too well what the future could look like for today’s young people – and they’re taking action to mitigate the worst of it.”



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Climate change and children: new guide

Climate Reality

Even as an adult, climate change is a lot to wrap your head around. And talking about the issue with kids? That can feel impossible.

But kids today will face the challenges of a warming world head-on. They have a right to understand the realities of the climate crisis and what it means for them. As parents, guardians, and caregivers, we have a responsibility to provide that knowledge as best we can.

That’s why, for Universal Children’s Day, we wanted to help. We just released a free new e-book that offers some background and tips on where to start: Beginning the Climate Conversation: A Family’s Guide.

Beginning the Climate Conversation: A Family’s Guide will help you talk to your kids about the climate crisis by:

  • Providing tips on when and how to start the conversation.
  • Suggesting what information to share with children of different ages and interests.
  • Giving you an interactive quiz (from NatGeo Kids!) to help engage your little ones.
  • Offering suggestions for moving the conversation from the dangers of climate change to things they can do to help make a difference.
– Your friends at Climate Reality

NEW FREE E-BOOK – GUIDE TO TALKING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE WITH KIDS

 



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“The 3% Project mobilises 1,000,000 Canadian youth through five national tours across 400 towns in two years. One million young Canadians – that’s three per cent of Canada – will be educated and empowered to solve climate change in their local communities.”

» Below2C
The 3% Project: The Climate Mobilization of Canadian Youth



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Jeffrey Sachs in Q&A: “The real story here”

It took a 19-year-old to ask the right question

In a reply to a question asked by Neve Kieran, 19, in Q&A on 15 October 2018, the American economist Jeffrey Sachs said the IPCC report showed the world was “running out of time” to avoid catastrophic climate change and blamed corporate interests and the domination of the Murdoch press for “propounding nonsense” and “telling lies” about climate science and policy. An excerpt:

Q – by audience member Neve Kieran: “As a 19-year-old, the fast deterioration of our climate is debilitating, but the inaction of our government and the complacency of many others is even more distressing. When will our government and other world leaders finally start making our environment a priority?”

A – Jeffrey Sachs: “Bravo! [clapping] Probably when you are in office and doing the right things, which I hope is very soon. Your government, and my government, unbelievably irresponsible to you and to all of the world. We have another massive hurricane hitting the United States right now, the intensity of these storms is terrifying. They are, the intensity is rising because of climate change. This isn’t about the future, it’s about right now, and yet a senator in Florida today said, ‘I don’t know where climate change comes from’. What is the matter with these people? How dare they either hold the office if they really don’t know, which is not the point, or they’re so corrupt and taking oil money that they pretend that they don’t know?

And, so, that’s the real story here. The governments are not representing you properly right now because the planet is facing profound dangers, we’re all at risk and our governments need to act and they promised that they would act and they’re not acting right now. And, by the way, as bad as it is here, look at what we have in our government right now. Unreal. So, we got a big fight on our hands, but we’re going to make the fight and I hope that people here make the fight also. This is completely irresponsible.”

[Audience applause]

[Jump to the 10:00 min mark to see 19-year-old Neve Kieran ask her question to Jeffrey Sachs]

» The Guardian – 16 October 2018:
Australia should be ‘exporting sunshine, not coal’, economist Jeffrey Sachs tells Q&A
“US analyst criticises successive governments for defending coal in wake of alarming IPCC report on climate change”



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“Our only moment… is now”

In the wake of the Morrison government’s disavowal of that IPCC report, an article appeared in the Fairfax papers a week ago with the headline: “Health experts slam government’s ‘contemptuous’ IPCC report response.”
Two of Australia’s Nobel laureates, and a professor, had published in The Lancet a letter that reminded its readership “Australia was more vulnerable than any other developed nation to climate disruption, much of which would harm health and livelihoods.”
The same article then reported that the new Treasury Secretary, who used to be Scott Morrison’s Chief of Staff before he got the job – admitted in Senate estimates that Treasury had done no modelling of the difference on Australia’s economy from a 1.5 degree warming in global temperatures compared with 2 degrees.
He hasn’t read the IPCC report, either. “Unfortunately that’s one I haven’t got to,” he said.
It’s sometimes only once in a generation that a moment in time opens itself out just enough that the organised movement of working people can unfurl a banner for structural, societal change, pin the brightness of its cause to its chest and thunder on through.
We have reached the point both of lethal stakes and dire opportunity.
The planet is burning, the sea-levels rising.
We can veer towards change at the greatest speed – or permit this government’s alternative of inaction that’s as inept – and incapable – as it is unconscionable
The times fall to us.
Our only moment… is now.

~ Ged Kearney, 8 November 2018: ‘The release from fear: climate action and the economic transition’








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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/sustainablehour243_032kbp.mp3 » Listen online and see more info: www.climatesafety.info/thesustainablehour243 “You are always telling us kids to clean up after ourselves, so now it’s your turn. We are coming to remind you to tidy up your mess. And we will only get louder.” ~ Nora, Year 6 student at Forest Lodge Public School The Sustainable Hour on 21 November 2018: Teenagers pick up the torch – #TheTimeHasCome In the lead up to the first-ever #SchoolStrike4Climate in Geelong, students’ protesting against politicians’ climate inaction will be happening outside Labor’s member of parliament Richard Marles’ office in Yarra Street on Friday 23 November. Guest in The Sustainable Youth Hour is 19-year-old Alex Marshall who has picked up the torch from being 2017 School Captain of Sacred Heart College to becoming a climate emergency campaigner in Geelong and the Surf Coast. We start the hour with a short statement by Elsie Luna from the UK: “Excuse me – I have a question for you. Do you know why children all over the world are speaking up about climate breakdown? Well I’ll tell you now. It’s because people like you aren’t saying anything about it all – and that has to change – now! …or else …there will be rebellion.” “London calling”: We play some clips from the Facebook live-stream from ‘Rebellion Day’ in London on Saturday, where 6,000 people joined Extinction Rebellion and occupied five bridges. 80 protestors were arrested on the day. Kara Stuart from Stop Adani Melbourne tells us all about the #Funeral4OurFuture taking place in Melbourne on Saturday 1 December Marco Bellemo is a Year 12 student at Northcote High School, who has created two climate-focused art pieces for his VCE Art Major works. 16-year-old Jamie Margolin talks about what gave her the idea to start the American youth movement Zero Hour. Colin Mockett goes 4,000 years back today – to have a look at NASA’s carbon emissions data. And we play a clip from a powerful speech by Bernie Sanders #climatestrike #climatebreakdown #fridaysforfuture #climateemergency #climatechange #extinctionrebellion #thetimehascome

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