Climate emergency, hypocracy and a green wedge

Guest in The Sustainble Hour on 5 June 2019 is Noel Emselle who invites all community members to a public forum, the Southern Bellarine Coastal Forum, on future development in the “green wedge” between Point Lonsdale and Ocean Grove on the 21 June 2019. The interview with him starts at 16:10 minutes.

Colin Mockett’s Global Outlook & World View takes a look at the 600 climate emergency declarations around the world, and on Finland’s declaration that it is going to be carbon neutral already in 2035.

Mik Aidt talks about the global coverage which a new Breakthrough-paper by Ian Dunlop and David Spratt is getting, ‘Existential climate-related security risk: A scenario approach’, and he has an announcement about a Primal Roar for the climate on Friday 7 June 2019, which whill take place in front of the city hall in Geelong at 11:59am.

We listen to an excerpt of author Paul Gilding’s speech, which he delivered at the first Climate Emergency Conference, which was held in Darebin in September 2018, and where he also commented on Greta Thunberg’s climate strike idea, which she started just three weeks earlier. We also play two excerpts from Greta Thunberg’s recent speech to world leaders when they met at a forum in Austria.

World Environment Day celebrates its 19th anniversary this Wednesday 5 June 2019, and we listen to a short but inspiring clip with UN General Secretary Antonio Guterres where he talks about the common sense approach to speed up of things that we’d want to happen anyway, such as cleaning our cities, oceans and the air from pollution.

We realise we can’t explain the Australian governments bizarre obsession with coal, especially after having listened to an excerpt from this ABC interview with Richard Denniss, Australia Institute’s chief economist, about the ridiculous economic prospects of the Adani mine, which is going to create just 100 jobs at an enourmous expense on the Australian society’s behalf.

Q&A on ABC this Monday was about energy, and had a range of debates worth watching.

“Reducing greenhouse gases requires honesty, courage and responsibility.”
~ Pope Francis – in a tweet on 19 June 2015.

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The climate emergency declaration wave

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→ Al Jazeera – 8 June 2019:
‘Reaching end game’: New paper on climate change raises alarm
“‘Hell on Earth’ scenario predicted if urgent action isn’t taken to replace fossil fuels with clean energy.”

World Environment Day 2019

Coal obsession gets more and more bizarre

“I struggle to comprehend that #Australians and #Australia is doing such a dumb thing at such a crucial moment in #human history… They clearly don’t understand that you really can’t eat #money, when #climatebreakdown causes the crops to fail, no matter how rich you are, and how big your bunker is… “
~ Zoe Cohen, Master Coach, Coach Supervisor, Carbon Literate Coach, Manchester Lead at Women in Sustainability, XR, Vegan, commenting on the RenewEconomy article 30 May 2019: ‘Galilee Basin “carbon bomb” about to explode as coal and gas developers rush in’

”The unexpected re-election of the federal Coalition government appears to be the trigger for a major push by both #coal and #gas developments in Queensland’s Galilee Basin, which is set to be ground-zero for what is regarded by environmentalists as one of the world’s biggest “carbon bombs.”
The Coalition victory, along with the Queensland Labor government’s sudden decision to fast-track the approval process for Adani’s Carmichael mine, means that the preparations for what will be one of the biggest coal provinces in the world could begin within weeks.”

#FossilFuels #madness #greed #hubris #delusion

→ Los Angeles Times – 26 January 2019:
Germany to close all 84 of its coal-fired power plants, will rely primarily on renewable energy
“Germany, one of the world’s biggest consumers of coal, will shut down all 84 of its coal-fired power plants over the next 19 years to meet its international commitments in the fight against climate change, a government commission said.”

→ Climate Action:
BP approves climate resolution
“BP has agreed to disclose more information on how they align with the Paris Agreement.”

→ The New Daily:
Coal being ‘phased out’ faster than expected, BHP warns investors

→ Globe & Mail:
The Bank of Canada declared climate change a financial risk

Australia’s bizarre energy policy debated in ABC’s Q&A:

Labor’s appalling apology to fossil fuel investors

“On climate change, the science is in. We need to act. But to reduce it to a debate about a single mine is in my view very unproductive, it does nothing to advance the debate.”
~ Anthony Albanese, new Labor leader, in ABC radio

This needs to be called out. Sydney Morning Herald writes:

“Labor has been stung by its defeat in Queensland electorates, where voters did not back the party’s equivocal position on the Adani coal mine and greater ambition to cut emissions by 45 per cent by 2030.

Mr Marles accepted on Monday that the party suffered for his remarks in February that the collapse of the market for thermal coal was good “at one level” despite fears over job losses.

“The comments I made earlier this year were tone deaf and I regret them and I was apologising for them within a couple of days of making them,” he told the radio station 3AW.

Asked where he stood on Adani, Mr Marles said the party valued working people.

“Coal clearly is going to play a significant part of the future energy mix in Australia and it’s clearly going to be a significant part of our economy,” he said.

“And it’s really important that we acknowledge that people who work in the coal industry need to be valued by us and that we thank and celebrate their work. That’s important.”

It’s just like what happened to Turnbull as he climbed up the power-ladder. It’s like a spell on Australian politicians: the closer to the power top, the more they change their views towards the mantra that “coal will be a part of Australia’s power mix for a long time…”

All of them using that same particular expression… as if it was written to them in a manuscript delivered to them by a fossil fuel lobby group or council.

Have these Labor leaders been blackmailed? Looks like the #FridaysForFuture movement needs to have a continuation in 17 Yarra Street – telling truth to power.


→ The Sydney Morning Herald – 28 May 2019:
‘We now have a clear mandate’: Coalition holds the line on climate plan
“Energy Minister Angus Taylor has insisted his opponents recognise the will of the people and back the government’s climate plan.”


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

Jackie Matthews from The Sustainable Hour speaks with Mitchell Dye
3 June 2019 – 13 minutes podcast

Jackie Matthews talks about the aftermath of the federal election and what we can do locally to improve sustainability.

Listen here

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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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