Albert Park College: #FridaysForFairness

History in making: The voice of a powerful future generation

The Sustainable Hour’s #FridaysForFuture special

What does the youth think are the issues in sustainability and what are their answers to what solutions to the climate crisis would be? Take notice of the new generation, who will become voters in just a few years, and who are fully immerged and engaged in the task of ensuring that humanity will have a livable and climatesafe future.

The Sustainable Hour is on the road, continuing our youth theme with this week’s program coming from Albert Park College (APC) in Melbourne. The program is recorded live from the drillhal at the APC Campus for Year 9 Students with more than 200 students in the audience on Friday 22 March 2019.

The future looks bright when we have the youth like this group speaking out about their concern for the future of our planet. In the mix today is passion and reflections and some practical action that the children and the school are involved with.

In today’s program we hear from several students who are involved in the school’s sustainability programs and groups at APC. We also have a Q&A with the students in the panel answering questions from fellow students.

Click on the player or download the audio file to hear for instance about the school’s DaVinci program and projects that were created due to that program. Listen to an original song composed and performed by Lily, a star in the making. Listen also to Oscars speech about fairness, and Jean-Pierre’s poetry slam.

The speakers and panel are: Eloisa, Milo, Isabelle, Zali, Melisand, Jean-Pierre, Lily and Oscar.
Q&A Panel Youth Hosts are: Isabelle, Melisand, and Jean-Pierre. More info below.

“Thank you for giving us all this opportunity to share our opinions and our views, and give a platform for us to express ourselves. This has been a really incredible experience for all of us. I’ve certainly never been on a radio show before…”
~ Eloisa, Year 11 student at APC

The content of the entire hour was delivered by a group of students

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The Sustainable Hour co-hosts Jackie Matthews and Mik Aidt opening the #FridaysForFuture special


Content of this hour

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


Video excerpts from the hour

“As someone who is deeply concerned about the state of our world and especially someone who is in my youth and worrying that I and future generations will live in a world that is polluted by the inaction of governments and the inaction of politicians, I found it so incredibly empowering and inspiring seeing people from all walks of life, all ages, come together because of a shared desire for change.”

Eloisa, about the students’ climate strike on 15 March 2019

Eloisa is 16 years old and in Year 11. She is from St Kilda in Melbourne. “I am passionate about talking about climate change because I believe that it is the most pressing issue facing society. This is why I striked, and helped to organise the strike last Friday.”

Milo discusses the DaVinci program which is mandatory for all Year 9 students at Albert Park College.

Zali presents some of her panel exam on plastic – reusable single use plastic bottles. Zali is 14 years old and in year 10 at Albert Park College. She is half Australian, half Mauritian. She moved to APC mid-last year to start the DaVinci project for the second semester. Zali explains: “The panel exam was pitching our ideas for a new and improved version of our product. My solution was a new brand of reusable bottles called #realwater and market this in supermarkets along with adverts and big signs that had the real facts about bottled water. My aim was to change people’s perspective rather than the actual product.”

Lily performs her climate song, which she has written both lyrics and music for as part of the DaVinci program. She is 16 years old and in Year 11. Lily is passionate about the environment and says she wants to do whatever she can to help out and preserve the world we live in.
You can listen to the song in the podcast.

Q&A with questions from the audience of 200 students and answers from a Youth Panel consisting of Isabelle, Melisand, and Jean-Pierre.

Melisand tells about the reusable APC coffee cup. Melisand says: “I want to find the solutions to problems but not just on a small scale, I hope to change the actual of mindset of people and their actions not just the types of energy used.”

Jean-Pierre performs a slam poem. He is in Year 10. Jean-Pierre is half Mauritian and half Scottish. The key word to describe him and the environment, he says, is “passion” – passion for a better future and passion against the environmental death and destruction. “My main passion is the performing arts and helping those in areas of disadvantage and poverty.”

Oscar delivers a speech on enviromental issues. He is 16 years old and in Year 11. Oscar comes from Richmond and Windsor. “A key word for me on the topic of the environment would be systems – as in finding solutions that are systems based, with a view to resolving structural problems rather than mere manifestations of those structural problems.”

Rounding off the hour – what’s next for the climate strikers
Mik talked about Missy Higgins’ song ‘The Difference’ and why The Sustainable Hour believes daring to be the difference is very important in a time where society needs to see big changes to the way we do things.

The first 17 minutes of the hour – streamed live on Facebook

Jackie wrote: “Apologies for the loo sided screen. We are out and about learning to broadcast out of the studio. And learning from the students of Albert Park College. As Tony says on the show often “there was a sparkle in their eyes” with the passion and enthusiasm they had for discussing the Climate Emergency.”
The following 38 minutes of the hour – streamed live on Facebook
Make Tomorrow – in Ontario, Canada




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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

“We need to get smarter”


“The physical signs and socio-economic impacts of climate change are accelerating as record greenhouse gas concentrations drive global temperatures towards increasingly dangerous levels.”
~ UN World Meteorological Organization press release.


Two million people displaced in 2018:

» EcoWatch – 29 March 2019:
UN Report: Extreme Weather Displaced 2 Million People in 2018
“Extreme weather events impacted close to 62 million people in 2018 and displaced more than two million as of September of that year. That’s just one of the alarming findings in the UN World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2018.”

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Is there really anything I can do as an individual?
Is it time for more people to take to the streets?
Do we all need to go vegetarian? Or vegan?
Is it OK to fly?
Is it realistic to transform our energy supply?
Would a ‘green tax’ work?
Should I have fewer children?

» The Guardian – 25 March 2019:
Don’t know how to save the planet? This is what you can do
“Should we become vegetarians? Is it OK to fly? The author of There Is No Planet B, A Handbook for the Make or Break Years, answers the big questions”

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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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