Direct action, disobedience and an emergency restart button

Our guests in The Sustainable Hour on 15 May 2019 are from the Australian climate action community:

Caroline Danaher, the persistent and outraged pensioner who was arrested last Friday at Sarah Henderson’s office.

Greg Rolles, a geography teacher from Gembrook, Victoria, who turned into a direct action climate activist and is currently facing court on charges arising out of his protesting against the Adani coal mine in Queensland. The outcome of his case will depend on whether the judge accepts the foundation of his argument that “Climate change is an extraordinary emergency.”

Kammy Cordner Hunt, scientist and candidate running for Independents for Climate Action Now, ICAN, in the federal election for the Victorian seat in the Senate. She is interviewed about the climate emergency by Mitchell Dye in Mitchell’s Front Page on 94.7 The Pulse.

Ian Arthur from the New Democratic Party in Canada put forward a motion to declare a climate emergency in Ontario and gave an impassioned speech about his reasons for this in the debate in council chambers. Eventually Premier Doug Ford and the Ontario PC Party voted the motion down.

Colin Mockett’s Global Outlook and World View is about a UN climate emergency forum on the Fiji Islands, which Australia decided not to send a representative to.

We also play Nat Harris‘ new rap-song ‘The Call Out’, and we end with a clip from The Project.
More below.


“A climate emergency declaration is kind of like a restart button for us to go into the future.”
~ Kammy Cordner Hunt, scientist and candidate running for Independents for Climate Action Now



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Rapper: “Young people can be the change this election”

Nat Harris’ new video ‘The Call Out’, filmed by Richard Garcia, uses the power of music to urge young voters to vote and make a difference at this Saturday’s federal election.

“There is a climate emergency and we need politicians who are bold and believe in change so we can avoid apocalyptic environmental changes,” says Nat in a statement.

“We now have only a short window of opportunity to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and move to more sustainable energy supplies. If we are not able to do this in the next few years, it will lead to difficult and heartbreaking health conditions for many Australians.”

“Australia’s young people deserve the same opportunity to grow up on a healthy planet as previous generations,” said Harris.



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“We can all do something about it. What are you willing to put your life on the line for? Right now it is for our children’s future. We all need to be brave and take direct action. Connect with your neighbours, work out how you can get in the way of business as usual, and fight together for our future.”
~ Greg Rolles, climate activist

News-Mail – 16 May 2019:
Protesters outside Bowen Magistrates Court
There is a strong protester presence out the front of Bowen Magistrates Court today as a man faces charges in relation to a Mt Buckley railway line protest.

SBS – 16 May 2019:
Pacific Islands call on help from neighbouring ‘bigger countries’ to battle climate change
“Australia’s pacific neighbours have made a plea for urgent and targeted action on climate change during a meeting with the UN Secretary General.”


The Guardian wrote:

‘Suddenly the police came’: 76-year-old climate protester arrested outside Liberal MP’s office

Caroline Danaher remains unapologetic after being charged with trespassing in front of Sarah Henderson’s office

13 May 2019

76yo arrested but video contradicts MP’s intimidation claim

Video has emerged revealing an elderly protester was sitting quietly in an office chair when she was arrested at the Waurn Ponds office of Liberal MP Sarah Henderson. The video appears to contradict claims by the Member for Corangamite that police were called because the woman was impeding access to the office and “intimidating” staff.


 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


→ The Greens – 16 May 2019:
Climate Emergency declared in the ACT: an Australian first for states and territories



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Toby signed the Climate Emergency Declaration petition to Geelong’s Councillors on www.geelong.climateemergencydeclaration.org/petition

and wrote:

“Please Councillors, We are in a climate emergency. If we keep going the way we are going, our future will not be what it is today – and not for the good. I’m not saying to spend our entire budget on climate science but instead declare climate emergency, be one of the largest cities to declare it and help save the country and city that we all love.

→ More petitions on www.climatesafety.info/petitions



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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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