Change the climate: Youth, art and a river walk

The Sustainable Hour on 19 June 2019 with Alex Marshall, Bellla Sheridan-Moore, Jennifer Morrow and Lachie Gordon

Our guests in The Sustainable Hour on 19 June 2019:

Alex Marshall calls for community support to get Surf Coast Council to vote for a climate emergency declaration on their 25 June meeting. 19-year-old Alex has been driving a petition which got more than 1,000 signatures in just a few weeks. This petition in itself ought to be a strong motivator for Councillor action, she says. If you haven’t signed yet, please do.

Bella Sheridan-Moore from the newly established AYCC Geelong branch, which launches with the event ‘Art can change the climate’ on 21 June. AYCC is now the biggest youth association in Australia.

Jennifer Morrow and Lachie Gordon introduce us to their new book, ‘Walking the Barwon River from Source to Sea’, a book that documents the walk along the length of the Barwon river to the sea and which Jennifer is co-author of. They give a detailed account of the journey and comment on the photographs in the book. The book is available at local outlets and online at Friends of the Barwon.

Lene Foghsgaard investigates how people are using and reusing bags. And we play a radio nostalgia clip from 1958, where the tv show Bell Science Hour brought a clear scientific message to the American public about climate breakdown, already 60 years ago. The message then was just like todays – it lines up with the recent comments by the UN climate change secretariat: “We literally are in a climate emergency.”

We round the hour off with a song by Dub FX‘One’.

“For all who walked, the simplicity of walking and talking, sharing knowledge, and appreciating our own backyard and the importance of the Barwon River was a unifying and uplifting experience.”
~ Jennifer Morrow, co-author of ‘Barwon River from Source to Sea’



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Alex Marshall:
Come to Surf Coast Shire Council’s meeting this Tuesday
Wear red.
Ask your Councillors to declare a climate emergency
Tuesday 25 June 2019 at 6pm

#CleverCreativeGeelong promoted in new video, stating that Geelong is the place “where sustainable development for our growing city protects the environment. And where together, we think sustainably in everything we do.”


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https://twitter.com/UNFCCC/status/1142890080400564224

 #CLIMATEEMERGENCY: 

UN climate change secretariat: 
‘We are in a climate emergency’

“Patricia Espinosa, head of the U.N. climate change secretariat, said existing country pledges to cut planet-warming emissions would heat the planet by 3 degrees Celsius (5.4F) from pre-industrial times.

“That is just not possible,” she said, adding it would leave people sicker and result in battles over resources such as water and land, with coastal residents losing homes to rising seas.

“We are literally in a climate emergency, and… we are increasingly hearing that this is the fight of our lives,” she said.”

→ Thomson Reuters Foundation – 17 June 2019:
UN climate chief says 3C hotter world ‘just not possible’
“Climate change is an “existential issue”, and stepping up efforts to keep warming to agreed limits is urgent, the U.N. climate chief says.”



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On Tuesday night, City of Hobart just became the first Australian state capital to declare a climate emergency

What we knew about climate change in 1958

More historical facts about how we have ignored the science for decades: www.climatesafety.info/history



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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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