#ClimateStrikers’ call to politicians: Show us you mean it


Climate change is here, the Australian election is here, and the third national student climate strike is here. We have two youth strikers in the studio, Caitlin Ramsay and Hilary Cao, who say they are ready to act like their lives and their futures depend on it.

We open the hour with what we believe ought to be making front cover news on the world’s newspapers: Scotland declares a climate emergency – and importantly: they do this now because of the push and the inspiration the politicians have been receiving from the school-strikers.

Over the phone, we catch up with the extremely long-walking Shannon Loughnane who has reached the half way milestone on his 700 kilometres climate emergency awareness campaign-walk from Melbourne to Canberra, where in two week’s time he will deliver a climate emergency action petition to the politicians in the Federal Parliament.

Colin Mocket’s global outlook is about Climate Action Tracker‘s research that ranks how well or how lousy the world’s countries are doing when it comes to dealing with the climate crisis.

We play an excerpt of Greta Thunberg‘s recent speech at United Kingdom parliament.

We tell the story and give you the music of the new youtube-hit ‘Earth’ – including an interview about Lil Dicky’s own learning curve, and one of the four extra educational videos accompanying the song. See it all here.

And Tony is off to explore art exhibitions and climate emergency theatre in Melbourne 1-11 May as part as the Climate+Art=Change festival. → See more in the calendar

“The last five years have been an absolute trainwreck when it comes to Federal action on climate change. The Liberal-National Government have consistently failed to act in line with public concern, smooching coal and undermining clean energy…”
~ Kelly, AYCC



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Yet another landmark speech from our climate action hero, Greta Thunberg from Sweden

16-year old Greta Thunberg from Sweden is making waves in leading global school strikes and delivering powerful speeches in the halls of power, confronting nations’ inaction on climate breakdown. Greta’s voice is among the clearest in decades, cutting through all the pretenses, excuses, and failures of grownups to protect a livable world for her generation:

“We children are doing this – sacrificing our education and our childhood – to wake the adults up. We children are doing this for you to put your differences aside and start acting as you would in a crisis. We children are doing this because we want our hopes and dreams back.”

Click above to listen to our interview with Shannon when he started off from Melbourne


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 #COMMUNITYREVOLUTION #RENEWABLEENERGY: 

Australia can become a renewable energy superpower

By Andrew Gunner

The global energy transition is the single biggest wealth-generating opportunity, perhaps ever.  And Australia is well placed to benefit big time as we have outstanding renewable energy resources, and more.

Australia stands out, glowing orange on this world map of renewable energy potential.

This is a map around which we could build an inspiring vision for a more prosperous and secure Australia. And a more secure world as Australia becomes an eager participant in the move towards global zero emissions. Hopefully, such a vision could awaken the interest of citizens, even entrain sound economic managers and put climate change deniers back in their boxes.

The vision of Australia as a renewable energy superpower looks good to me. But whatever people call this vision, it can become a strong rebuttal to those who eternally argue that reducing emissions will cost too much or that it will cost our jobs.

It is easier to argue for something alluring, rather than arguing for people to cease a behaviour that has become addictive – especially when the addiction (fossil fuel use) is not widely seen as an addictive. Addicts do not give up their addiction easily. So while I fully support stopping coal mining and fracking, I see these battles for stopping disasters as a hard fight to win.

It seems that not even the Greens are running hard on an inspiring vision. For example, Richard Di Natale in his otherwise fantastic interview with Leigh Sales on 7 May. Leigh Sales asked if climate action would push Australia into a recession.  Can’t the response be, strong climate action will push Australia into a boom time? 

We finally seem to have a climate change election and I am trying to promote the vision of Australia as a renewable energy superpower, based on the research by Beyond Zero Emissions.

I have written about this on

www.feedbackreigns.net/solutions

and am trying to promote it, e.g. on Twitter using #OzRenewablesSuperpower.

Please consider promoting this in some way that suits you.

Andrew Gunner



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Sustainability news on Mitchell’s Front Page

Jackie Matthews visits Mitchell’s Front Page on 94.7 The Pulse

Jackie Matthews from The Sustainable Hour appeared on Mitchell’s Front Page talking about the politics around climate change and sustainability, about the climate election and the big environmental questions with oil drilling and coal digging, Friday’s school strike for climate – and hard rubbish.

“Independent Corangamite candidate Damien Cole is becoming a big player,” tells Mitch.

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Deakin scientists look at role of wetlands in battle against climate change

16 February 2019

The role rainforests play through storing carbon in the battle against climate change is well understood, but Deakin University scientists now believe the humble swamp, or freshwater wetland, could be up to 50 times more effective.

International expert on freshwater and estuarine ecology Dr Rebecca Lester joined the program to explain.

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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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