Soil, rivers and drones of the Climate Spring

Our guests in The Sustainable Hour on 29 May 2019 are:

Lorna MartinPermaculture Geelong co-founder
Lachlan Gordon – Friends of the Barwon, and
Cameron Steele – People for A Living Moorabool

We also play a clip from a press meeting in Heathrow Airport, where four members of Extinction Rebellion announced the group is going to block traffic in the airport with drones for a day, a speech held by UN General-Secretary Antonio Guterres, when he visited New Zealand, and thanked the country for its efforts to combat climate change.


“Koalas are the canaries in the coal mine, and we are finding their population is collapsing.

~ Deborah Tabart, Chair of the Australian Koala Foundation

“The next step is: Get out and plant trees.”

“Geelong has been talking about greening their city for the past 10 years. Part of the Green Spine has been completed, but nothing else has changed. We have the resources and the people to make it happen, so what is stopping us?”
~ Lorna Martin, Geelong permaculturalist



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“I just want the future to be good…”

“2040 should be seen by everyone &ndash it’s a wonderful, inspirational film!”
~ ‎Amanda Jamal‎ posted this comment on The Sustainable Hour’s Facebook page on 29 May at 11:30

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STATEMENT FROM EXTINCTION REBELLION ON
HEATHROW PAUSE

By Jamie Lowe

“Extinction Rebellion demands the Government begins to act on its declaration of a Climate and Environment Emergency by cancelling allHeathrow expansion. On June 18, we plan to carry out nonviolent direct action to ensure Heathrow Authorities close the airport for the day, to create a “pause” in recognition of the genocidal impact of high carbon activities, such as flying, upon the natural world. If the Government does not cancel allHeathrow expansion, Extinction Rebellion will act to shut the airport down for up to 10 days from July 1.

Extinction Rebellion is in the consultancy stage with its members on the proposed action. This is not about targeting the public, but holding the Government to their duty to take leadership on the climate and ecological emergency. The addition of the planned third runway would make Heathrowthe single biggest carbon emitter in the UK; to expand the airport at this critical point in history would be madness.

We understand the action will cause disruption to a great number of holiday makers, however we believe that it is necessary given the prospect of far greater disruption caused by ecological and societal collapse, if we don’t act now. Holiday makers are being given advance notice to change travel plans.”



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Friends of the Barwon

The middle of May 2019 saw the launch of the Friends of the Barwon organisation at a ceremony at Fyansford.

“Friends of the Barwon is a catchment wide network of groups and individuals working to protect and restore the the long-term health of the Barwon River and its tributaries through building partnerships, empowering communities, engaging with government and providing strong and effective advocacy. The vision is for a healthy, flowing, life-sustaining Barwon River system which is valued by all the community,” said president Peter Greig.

→ Geelong Indy – 23 May 2019:
Water ‘crisis’ hits Barwon

→ Geelong Indy – 23 May 2019:
‘Strange bunch’ defend river

→ Corangamite Catchment Management Authority Blog – 29 November 2017:
Minister Neville Launches the Living Moorabool Project

→ Bushwalking Blog – 13 June 2017:
Koalas need us: An urgent reason to repair the rivers of Melbourne’s western plains

→ The Conversation – 10 May 2019:
A report claims koalas are ‘functionally extinct’ – but what does that mean?

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“We are already seeing the effects of extreme heat on Koalas – two of our Koalas died due to heat this summer.”
~ Janine Duffy, koala researcher, 19 March 2019

Friends of the Barwon Facebook page



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Joel Salatin: mimicing nature

Herbivorous and friend of the soil
Joel Salatin from Polyface Farms went from managing a completely barron property to feeding over 6,000 families in the US with fresh organic meat, fruit and eggs by increasing the organic matter in the soil. In The Sustainable Hour today, Lorna Martin gives us a fabulous overview of how agriculture and the planting more trees can make a difference.


Plant for the planet

“In 2007, the German youngster founded a global youth movement called “Plant for the Planet” – an initiative that trains and recruits kids from around the world to plant trees as a means of combatting climate change.

Since its creation, the movement has already made significant progress with the help of over 100,000 enthusiastic youth between the ages of 9 and 12—and he planted his one-millionth tree in Germany when he was just twelve. Alongside the Paris Agreement, Finkbeiner’s campaign is a formidable defense of the planet.”

→ Good News Network – 1 July 2018:
German 12-Year-old Boy Plants 1Million Trees, Takes Over UN Program to Plant a Trillion More

Here’s one way to plant 175 million trees within a year: get young people to do it for school.”

Rachel Genevieve Chia

→ World Economic Forum – 29 May 2019:
In the Philippines, students now have to plant 10 trees before they graduate

From industry joke to industry leaders

This was a great Landline episode recently focusing on regenerative agriculture. Catch it on ABC iView

These farmers are rejecting modern agricultural practices in favour of natural methods, improving biodiversity and turning their back on harsh chemicals. But it’s not just about being environmental, it also makes economic sense and has revolutionized how they run their properties.

→ ABC News – 18 May 2019:
Farmers turn back on harsh chemicals, improve biodiversity and lower costs


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Speech by UN General-Secretary Antonio Guterres
EU election: votes of the 18-30 year-olds in Germany

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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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