Simple solutions to a greener New Year


Guests in The Sustainable Hour on 12 December 2018 are Meg Blair from Transition Streets East Geelong and Nicole Urbanski from Urban Upcycle who covered some of the small changes YOU can make.

Christmas can be a manic time, but as we come to the festive season you can take onboard some of the advice. If it’s too late for this year, pause and think for next year about how you can remove the physical wastage but also that mental anguish. Sustain your health, your wallet and precious resources.

Reach out to your community and learn to trust.


“Transition Streets is assisting neighbours make small changes and provides connections to ways to live more sustainable in each household. To raise awareness as you go through your day of changes you can make…”
~ Megan Blair, Transition Street East Geelong

 

Colin Mockett, our world reporter, confesses that he could not find any good news this week.

Megan Blair talks about starting up a Transition Street and discloses the joys of home schooling.

Nicole Urbanski talks about the joy and the journey of the last three years since she started Urban Upcycle.

Lene Foghsgaard reports on the meeting she hosted for Climate for Change, facilitated by Tony Gleeson.

“We need to live more sustainably. We have just appeared at the right time, and people are really growing to love it, and it’s been great. I love it. I don’t consider it to be work. People are saying to me, ‘When do you have to work next?’, and I say, ‘You know what, I don’t work, I just do what I love to do and it is almost like a hobby’…”
~ Nicole Urbanski, Urban Upcycle

 



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Christian carol singers have changed the words to traditional Christmas carols. Popular carol ‘Silent Night, Holy Night,’ changed to ‘Silent Night, Smokey Night’. They will sing new versions to call for action on climate change and green energy.

» Daily Mail – 15 December 2018:
Choirs change Christmas carol lyrics for climate change action
“‘Silent Night, Smoky Night’: Christian choirs across the country will change Christmas carol lyrics in a bid to force action on climate change”

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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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