Global school strike: History in the making


“We are going to change the fate of humanity.”
~ Youth climate strikers, in an open letter

We open the hour with a clip with Greta Thunberg speaking at the school strike in Hamburg on Friday: “Yes we are angry. Because the older generation are continuing to stealing our future, right now. We will not let them do that anymore. We will continue to school-strike until they do something,” she says.

Guests in The Sustainable Hour on 6 March 2019 are:

[00:48] Geelong youth striker: Noemi Walton, student at Kardinia International College, who is organising the Geelong school strike on 15 March. Meet at 9am in Yarra Street at Richard Marles office, Member for Corio in Federal Parliament.

[09:00] Colin Mockett‘s World View — about what you don’t see on the news: today it’s about Taiwan’s 75 per cent emissions reduction 2030 target, and the United Kingdom’s water policy.

[16:42] Rod Lowther, president of Geelong Field Naturalists Club, promotes their Geelong and District Nature Forum as a follow-up to the school strike, taking place at Geelong Library on Saturday 16 March from 9am to 4pm – free entry.

[32:50] Castlemaine youth strikers: Piper, Rachelle and Charlie talk about persistence: why their youth strike movement is not going to go away until the adults take action on the climate crisis.

[38:43] Noemi Walton reads an open letter from the global climate strike coordination group

[44:31] Climate emergency competition idea: Zelly Been, 13, from Adelaide asks: which Australian state capital will be the first to declare a climate emergency? The race is on.

[40:45] Climate bashing: In her Sustainable People series, Lene Outzen Foghsgaard tests the waters when it comes to how we talk with each other about the climate crisis without pushing anyone away. “We need to talk about our Mother Earth and the state of crisis she is in, but how do we do that?”, Lene asks Ariane and Emilie. Ariane is the mom of her boys friend, and Emilie is a receptionist at the Physio, where she comes. She knows them a bit and maybe that’s part of the recipe. Sustainable People next week is also about ‘climate bashing’.

Andrea Robertson

“Along with the Sustainable Hour crew, I support the Students for Climate strike. These kids are missing out on school so that they can tell our politicians to take their future seriously and treat climate change for what it is: a crisis. Support these kids as best you can. And as an adult who can vote, make your vote count and choose climate wisely. As they say in The Sustainable Hour: Climate change is a political choice”
~ Andrea Robertson, singer, Ocean Grove



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“We are now faced with the fact … that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. We must move past indecision to action.”
~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, 1967, in his “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” speech 

“No violence, no damage, no littering, no profit, no hate, minimise your carbon footprint, always refer to science. Our demand: Follow the Paris Agreement and the IPCC report. Stay below 1.5C. Focus on the aspect of equity and climate justice, clearly stated throughout the Paris Agreement. Because no manifesto can be more radical than that. Unite behind the science.”
~ Greta Thunberg, Swedish climate activist, writing to those on school strike for climate

“There’s more reason in this 16-year-old than in the combined weight of the world’s governments.”
~ George Monbiot, British author and commentator

“Right now, we are scared. Uncontrollable bushfires sweeping our hometowns and the places we love. Relentless heatwaves in our cities that make it hard for our friends, neighbours and grandparents to cope. Storms, drought, floods, coral bleaching, sea level rise. Greedy corporations profiting from destruction, and disaster. This is the climate crisis.”
~ Gemma, Australian Youth Climate Coalition


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London and Los Angeles have done it…

Zelly Been
Which Australian state capital will be the first to declare a climate emergency? asks Zel. The race is on.



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The youth is stepping up

https://twitter.com/megan_herbert/status/1104015553553985538

Podcast about SchoolStrike4Climate: Emma & Anthony

“Emma is in Year 11, Anthony has just started uni and together they’re involved in organising the second School Strike 4 Climate on Friday March 15th. It’s a nation-wide, non-partisan, student-led protest demanding our political leaders take some GODDAMN REAL ACTION on climate change for once please. 

It was an honour to sit down with these two passionate, funny, committed young people to discuss their motivations for organising the march, their hopes for what it might achieve and their thoughts on the very dumb criticism it’s received from right-wing dumbos. Trust me: listening to this will fill your heart with hope.”

» Listen here



» Climate Action – 4 March 2019:
Carbon emissions in UK fall for sixth consecutive year
“New analysis shows UK carbon emissions have fallen for the sixth consecutive year.”

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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


“Kingston city council made history Tuesday evening when it passed a motion to declare a climate emergency within city limits”.

» Global News – 6 March 2019:
Kingston first Ontario municipality to declare climate emergency



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» NOVA PBS – 27 February 2019:
How Are We Preparing Students for Earth’s Climate Future?
Choosing Earth’s Climate Future helps students understand how choices made today will affect the extent of global climate change.”


» New York Times:
Teach About Climate Change With These 24 New York Times Graphs



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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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