Breaking the bystander effect


Guests in The Sustainable Hour on 20 February 2019 are:

Filmmaker David Lowe who is crowdfunding for a new multimedia production called ‘Confusing Them With Our Joy’.

Karla and Anna are two 14-year-old school girls from Denmark who have written a song about climate change, called ‘Simple Change’. Lene Foghsgaard talks with them via Skype.

The Bystander Effect: We play an excerpt of the presentation the American psychologist Margaret Klein Salamon held via video-link from New York at the National Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne on 8 February 2019.

Colin Mockett takes a look at the Paris Agreements and how certain countries step up to the challenge of reaching its targets by boosting energy efficiency and banning petrol cars and coal, while Australia is shamefully ignoring its commitments.

More info and videos below on this page.

“We have a huge crisis, and it needs a huge solution…”
~ Margaret Klein Salamon, American psychologist and executive director of The Climate Mobilization



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Content of this hour

Links, excerpts and more information about what we talked about in this Sustainable Hour


Margaret Klein Salamon’s presentation in full

 #CLIMATEEMERGENCY: 

Margaret Klein Salamon:
The Bystander Effect and how we break it

The excerpt of Margaret Klein Salamon’s presentation which we play in The Sustainable Hour

» CNN – 25 February 2019:
Humans are frogs in hot water of climate change, research says
“The extreme weather that comes with climate change is becoming the new normal, so normal that people aren’t talking about it as much — and that could make them less motivated to take steps to fight global warming, according to new research”


Karla and Anna

 #CLIMATEANDMUSIC: 


Karla and Anna: Simple Change

Interview with Karla and Anna by Lene Foghsgaard – and the song ‘Simple Change’

Karla and Anna are two 14-year-old school girls from Denmark. They’ve written a song about climate change, and they thought it should be simple and straight forward. So they’ve called it: ‘Simple Change’

Karla and Anna wrote both the lyrics and the music themselves. 

They have a heart beating for the climate, as Lene says, and they want to inspire and encourage us all to make a change, because “a simple change today can change the whole way”, as they sing.

Both of them have been making changes to their lifestyle during the last couples of years towards more and more sustainable living: They don’t buy new clothes anymore. They do what they can to avoid plastic. Eat almost no red meat. And what’s probably most important of all: they have started speaking about this — loudly. The want everyone to know. 

So they sent their song all the way to Australia with the hope that we’d like to join in and start changing the way we live. 


#FridaysForFuture

Greta Thunberg tells EU: Your climate targets need doubling

Swede, 16, says EU cannot just ‘wait for us to grow up and become the ones in charge’

The Guardian



#ThisIsZeroHour

These are Zero Hour’s revolutionary Guiding Principles of the Youth Climate Movement.
“We march with these principles in our hearts.”

https://twitter.com/ThisIsZeroHour/status/1016701610943303682

David Lowe

 #CLIMATEANDARTS: 

David Lowe: Confusing Them With Our Joy

So far, David Lowe and his team has raised $5,670 of the $30,000 needed. You can chip in on www.chuffed.org/project/confusing



Luke Vassella: ‘No Future (on a dead Earth)’ – CSG song #3

 #SUSTAINABLELIVING: 

Our recent live streaming on Facebook

12 February 2019: Catch up with Maxine Bazeley who was on the show four weeks ago [4:01]
15 February 2019 at Earthfest in Ocean Grove: Broadcasting LIVE from Earth Fest at Ocean Grove Park [15:54]
15 February at Earthfest in Ocean Grove: A chat with Damien Cole on a #FridaysForFuture [16:12]

 #CLIMATECRIME #CLIMATECHANGE #SOLUTIONS: 

Colin Mockett’s World View:
How the world is tracking with the Paris Agreement

In July 2017 French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot announced a plan to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles in France by 2040 as part of the Paris Agreement. Hulot also stated that France would no longer use coal to produce electricity after 2022 and that up to €4 billion will be invested in boosting energy efficiency [www.independent.co.uk].  

To reach the agreement’s emission targets, Norway will ban the sale of petrol- and diesel-powered cars by 2025 [www.independent.co.uk].  

The Netherlands will do the same by 2030 [www.electrek.co].

Electric trains running on the Dutch national rail network are already entirely powered by wind energy. [www.theguardian.com]

The House of Representatives of the Netherlands passed a bill in June 2018 mandating that by 2050 the Netherlands will cut its 1990 greenhouse-gas emissions level by 95% — exceeding the Paris Agreement goals. [www.volkskrant.nl]

The Independent – 6 July 2017:
France will ban all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 

The Independent – 4 June 2016:
Norway to ‘completely ban petrol powered cars by 2025’

Eletrek.co – 10 October 2017:
The Dutch government confirms plan to ban new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 

The Guardian – 11 January 2017:
Dutch electric trains become 100% powered by wind energy 

UNFCCC secretariat – December 2015:
Paris Agreement, FCCC/CP/2015/L.9/Rev.1 (PDF)

» The Conversation AU – 26 February 2019:
Eighteen countries showing the way to carbon zero
“Reducing emissions doesn’t have to conflict with a growing economy, as these 18 developed nations show.”

» The Wuppertal Institute – 9 January 2019:
Ten Country Reports on Ambitious Climate Policy
“The sum of greenhouse gas emission reductions from Parties to the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) is not enough to limit the level of global temperature rise to below either the 1.5°C or 2°C target. All Parties are therefore compelled to strengthen their reduction targets. The German Environment Agency (UBA) has commissioned the Wuppertal Institute and the NewClimate Institute an analysis of the institutional set up and challenges in ten selected countries.”


 #NOMOREBADINVESTMENTS #NONEWCOAL #CLIMATELIGISLATION: 

Climate activists win in court

Coal mine project stopped in court

 #CLIMATEEMERGENCY #COUNCILS: 

Maribyrnong City Council declares a climate emergency

As the first council in Melbourne’s west and the fifth in Victoria, Maribyrnong City Council declared a climate emergency at its meeting on 19 February 2019.

The motion that was passed stated that Council:

1. Note the results of 2017/18 Zero Carbon Maribyrnong Disclosure Statement.

2. Request that the Chief Executive Officer investigate an alternative way of achieving Zero Carbon and provide an updated report to Council.

3. Acknowledges we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including local Councils.

4. Receives a briefing and report on how to best act on the climate emergency.

Maribyrnong City Council has a population of 82,288 people


 ADDITIONALLY: 

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


News Corp:
Earth facing ‘global warming Armageddon’ in less than 150 years



New clean energy jobs in Geelong

Wind power is creating new manufacturing jobs in Geelong with wind turbine components set to be assembled at the former Ford Motor manufacturing site.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio visited the site today to announce that international company Vestas has partnered with local Victorian contractor Marand to build wind turbines for the Berrybank and Dundonnell wind farms.

Member for Geelong Christine Couzens said she’s proud to see Geelong helping to lead the way in Victoria’s renewable energy future and benefiting from the local jobs and economic growth that flow from it.

The facility forms part of the Vestas Renewable Energy Hub (VREH) and will be responsible for the assembly of 100 turbine hubs and 50 drive trains for the 180-megawatt (MW) Berrybank Wind Farm and the 336MW Dundonnell Wind Farm. Full production of these wind turbine parts is expected to start in August.

The VREH will involve investment of approximately $3.5 million and directly employ over 20 employees. The project will train hundreds of local staff in wind turbine maintenance and see wind turbine component assembly in Australia for the first time in over 10 years.

Danish-headquartered Vestas is the world’s largest supplier of wind turbines and has been active in Victoria since 1999. It has been nominated as the preferred supplier of wind turbines for the two projects.

The development of the hub will help Dundonnell Wind Farm and Berrybank Wind Farm deliver on their local content commitment, supporting the Andrews Labor Government’s Victorian Industry Participation Policy.

The two new wind farm developments are supported by the Labor Government’s Victorian Renewable Energy Targets reverse auction.

“Victoria is the renewable energy capital of our nation and thanks to this new facility, we’re putting Geelong at the centre of it – this is great for jobs and great for Geelong. Whether it’s the VRET or our Solar Homes Program, we’re driving down the energy costs for families, supporting local businesses and creating thousands of jobs,” Premier Daniel Andrews was quoted as saying in today’s media release from his office.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio was quoted as saying:
“This partnership shows how our transition to renewable energy is good for the environment and good for the economy – creating demand for local manufacturing skills and significant investment in the local supply chain.”

Vestas Renewable Energy Hub
In addition to the wind turbine assembly facility, the Hub also includes four other initiatives:

  1. Establishing the Western Victorian Service Support Centre to service the growing Vestas turbine fleet in Western Victoria;
  2. Entering into a multi-year partnership with Federation University’s Ballarat Renewable Training Centre to deliver training and employment opportunities for wind turbine technicians;
  3. Establishing the Vestas Australian Main Component Logistics Centre in Geelong, a specialist facility for the largest turbine spare parts;
  4. Forming a partnership with Deakin University’s Carbon Nexus to research the next generation carbon fibre to use in making wind turbine blades longer, stronger and more productive.

More info on www.medianet.com.au

About Vestas
Vestas is the energy industry’s global partner on sustainable energy solutions. They design, manufacture, install, and service wind turbines across the globe, and with 101 GigaWatts of wind turbines in 80 countries, they have installed more wind power than anyone else.

On their home page they write: “Vestas’ more than 24,600 employees are bringing the world sustainable energy solutions to power a bright future.”

www.vestas.com
www.twitter.com/vestas
www.linkedin.com/company/vestas
www.facebook.com/vestas
www.instagram.com/vestas
www.youtube.com/vestas



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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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