Transitional roars from within the city

The Sustainable Hour no 271 about a business that has declared a climate emergency, Transition Street Geelong and StopAdani

In The Sustainable Hour on 12 June 2019, we start with an unusual roar at the city hall, organised by 76-year-old champion climate activist Caroline Danaher.

We take a closer look at the idea that businesses also – not just councils and governments – can declare a climate emergency and take action accordingly. Two UK businesses have done it. We hear from one of the CEOs, Dale Vince, about why and how his company has joined the declaration movement, and we talk with our guests in the studio about it, who all three work to spread the message and methods of the Transition Street movement in Geelong, taking concrete action on the emissions crisis at a personal and very local level:

Monica Winston, co-ordinator of Transition Street Geelong, together with the group’s events manager Janina Lear, and DIY and renewables enthusiast Derek Ryan, who will be speaking at the organisation’s first-coming event, ‘Keeping Warm This Winter – easy ways to a comfortable home and smaller energy bills’.

Over the long-distance phone, we talk with Hanna Doole, 19, who camps at the ‘climate action front line’ near the Adani coal mine in Queensland, and we play an excerpt from the new film ‘ReAct – Climate Code Red’ which features interviews with other #StopAdani activists. We also play a clip from ABC’s Q&A on 10 June 2018, where a good question was asked to and answered by Atlassian co-CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes.

Colin Mockett is on emissions outlook today, Jackie Matthews is mostly busy behind the buttons and faders of the console, while Anthony Gleeson and Mik Aidt are your hosts of the hour.


“We try to apply logic to the problem.”
~ Mike Cannon-Brookes, co-founder and co-CEO of Atlassian, tech leader and clean energy champion



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“We know that technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels – especially coal, but also oil and, to a lesser degree, gas – needs to be progressively replaced without delay.”
~ Pope Francis, June 2015, in his his encyclical letter on ecology and climate change, Laudato Si’

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 #RENEWABLEENERGY: 

“We need a plan…”

Larry Marshall from CSIRO and Atlassian co-CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes outline some problems and solutions that should be considered if Australia is to move towards zero carbon emissions.

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 #CLIMATEEMERGENCY: 

Corporate world gears up to enter climate emergency-mode

“Most businesses were not designed in the context of the developing climate emergency. Hence  we must urgently redesign entire industries and businesses, using science-based targets. To kick start the process, businesses should make a declaration that we face a climate emergency and organise a session at a full board meeting to consider the case for urgent action. We will encourage the senior management teams of which we are part to do likewise.”


Transition Street Geelong event

The speakers at the Transition Street Geelong event at Geelong West Neighbourhood House on 30 June are:
Derek Ryan – retired physics teacher, owner builder and DIY enthusiast
Heidi Fog – consultant who assists organisations and individuals drive energy and resource reduction for sustainability and livability. 
Glen Rodgers – architect with a broad range of experience in ecologically sustainable design, energy and water efficiency, and cross-cultural project briefs.

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Janina Lear

Janina Lear is the new Events Manager for Transition Streets Geelong. She has 12 years experience in running events. Janina is the owner of the very successful Piccadilly Market, a makers market that operates five times a year at Deakin Waterfront Campus and at Mt Duneed Estate.

Piccadilly was established in 2010 and has up to 120 creatives selling their creations that include homewares, clothing, jewellery, gourmet food, plants, etc.  Janina was also one of the two founders of the Geelong Children and Baby’s Market for nine years. This market encouraged people to come and sell their second hand baby and children’s items. She has facilitated hundreds of workshops on a variety of topics as well as being an experienced social media manager.

Janina cares deeply about connecting with people and supporting local businesses in Geelong especially those who are making a conscious effort to make sustainable products. She designed a yearly diary planner together with her business partner Lara, called Pop Planner.  

Monica Winston

Monica Winston brought Transition Streets to Geelong in 2017, based on the workbook ‘Transition Streets – How to change the world, one street at a time’. She was a founding member of Geelong Sustainability and was Vice President for the group for over five years. She holds a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design, and was Permaculture trained in 2008-2009, including a study in Edible Forest Garden Design with Dave Jacke in New South Wales. Completed Permaculture Teacher Training with Rosemary Morrow in 2014. Ran Sustainable House Day in Geelong for Geelong Sustainability for four years, a Solar Panel Discount Bulk Buy program, and more. After a couple of years on the committee of Transition South Barwon, she organised and facilitated Geelong’s first Permaculture Design Certificate courses in 2010-2011. She also organised an Intro To Permaculture in Geelong seven times. Over six terms she wrote and co-facilitated Eat Your Garden which is based on permaculture principles. Monica has also run and co-facilitated 17 Edible Garden Blitz‘s in Geelong.

Derek Ryan

Derek Ryan is a retired physics teacher, owner builder and DIY enthusiast in action on energy, waste and water since the 1970s. He has been a member of the Alternative Technology Association for 10 years. Derek opened his house for Geelong’s Sustainable House Day and helped manage the Geelong West Neighbourhood House. He has taught workshops in energy, water, beekeeping and wicking beds. He is in a Transition Street group in North Geelong and is on an advisory group supporting Transition Streets Geelong.



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Hanna Doole

#StopAdani


Mike Bloomberg commits $500 million to put the US on a path for 100% clean energy

While delivering the commencement address at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Mike Bloomberg announced Beyond Carbon: the largest coordinated campaign against the climate crisis ever undertaken in the United States.

Recognizing that we can’t afford to wait for the next President, Bloomberg committed $500 million to accelerate climate action already underway in U.S. cities and states and put the country on a path for 100% clean energy.

As wildfires, hurricanes, and flooding are making the effects of the climate crisis more apparent, the Trump Administration is not only failing to act – they’re actively rolling back environmental and clean energy policies. Beyond Carbon will support the state and local leaders that are fighting to keep environmental protections in place and are standing up for the economic, environmental, and public health interests of the American public.

Beyond Carbon will work with those same state and local leaders, as well as businesses and utilities, to proactively advocate for state-level policies that move the country toward a 100% clean energy economy.

Using proven advocacy, legal, and electoral strategies, Beyond Carbon will work to move the U.S. fully off of fossil fuels and drive progress in the clean energy transition by:

  • Transitioning to 100% clean power;
  • Replacing oil-burning cars and trucks with electric vehicles;
  • Phasing out polluting building equipment;
  • Modernizing industry and infrastructure;
  • Repaying our debt to coal producing communities.

Bloomberg encapsulated the intent of Beyond Carbon at MIT, saying:

“Our message to elected officials will be simple: face reality on climate change, or face the music on Election Day. Our lives and our children’s lives depend on it. And so should their political careers.”

Major milestones in the clean energy transition
In the last few months, clean energy has reached several major milestones in the U.S., and cities and states have continued to show remarkable leadership in embracing a clean energy economy.

→ More on www.mikebloomberg.com

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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




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Matthew Warren says Australia’s national climate and energy policy has been a “remarkable fail”. Do Australians have a “cult-like, ideological obsession with coal”? From Q&A on ABC tv on Monday 3 June 2019



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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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