In an emergency we all need to be playing our part

In The Sustainable Hour on 24 July 2019, Mik wears a new hat as a “youtuber” as he launches a new visual direction for the program – and for the Transition Streets movement in Geelong. Our guest in the studio is Monica Winston, who is coordinator of Transition Streets Geelong.

But our house is on fire, the climate emergency and how we deal with it keeps evolving, and since this for some reason still doesn’t qualify to be reported on by mainstream media, we allow a number of climate emergency news stories to squeeze themselves in:

Alex Marshall has news from the Surf Coast Shire council meeting on 23 July, and we talk with Melbourne councillor Cathy Oke, who a week ago surprised many by putting forward a motion to declare a climate emergency in the state capital.

Ian Dunlop did a brilliant 15-minute interview on ABC Business about the failure of governments to protect us against the existential threat of a climate catastrophe. We play a 2-minute excerpt, but we recommend you watch it all.

We open the hour with a short statement by Sir David Attenborough condemning the climate denying Australia – and a 3-minute excerpt of a long debate in Wagga Wagga council, where climate sceptic councillors managed to have two-week old climate emergency declaration rescinded with five votes against four.

We close the hour with a statement by Greta Thunberg and two City of Melbourne councillors speaking in support of the councils climate emergency declaration before joining a unaminous vote to pass the motion.


“We’ve got to stop saying ‘The climate crisis is the Government’s problem’ and instead saying, ‘Yes, this is not only my problem, but what can I do to help within my jurisdiction?”
~ Cathy Oke, City of Melbourne councillor



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Climate emergency declaration campaign keeps heating up

Climate emergency declarations in Argentina and Philippines

There is a lot happening in the climate emergency declaration area. The Climate Emergency Declarations movement has now spread to Asia and South America for the first time.

On 17 July, the Argentina Senate declared a climate emergency, and the first city in Asia, Bacolod in the Philippines, has also declared a climate emergency. In Australia, the Australian Greens are demanding the country declare a “climate emergency”.

→ Infobae – 17 July 2019:
Argentina declares a climate emergency
“The Upper House declared a global climatic and ecological emergency after a joint presentation of members of the Climate Alliance and Youth for the Climate. “

→ Panay News – 22 July 2019:
Bacolod under ‘climate emergency’

Philippines urged to declare climate emergency

AUSTRALIA

→ 9News – 20 July 2019:
Greens seek ‘climate emergency’ this year
The Australian Greens are demanding the country declare a “climate emergency”

AAP – video: 
Dozens of councils join climate emergency call

BUSINESS

→ Wired – 8 May 2019:
You should declare your own climate emergency. Here’s how
“With Extinction Rebellion’s climate change protests seemingly making politicians take action, here is how businesses can also be part of the solution.”



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In  a recent testimony to British politicians, famed scientist and environmentalist Sir David Attenborough said that humanity “cannot be radical enough” in its actions to stop the ravages of the climate crisis from destroying the planet. Naturalist David Attenborough says climate change will cause social unrest


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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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In total, the internet produces 2 per cent of global carbon emissions, roughly the same as that bad boy of climate change, the aviation industry.

6.8 grams CO2 … that’s the average amount of carbon dioxide emitted every time a web page is loaded. You read that right, every time! Click, 6.8 grams, click, 6.8 grams, click….aaarrghh!

How much carbon dioxide does your website produce? Here’s a website where you can get an estimate: www.websitecarbon.com

Calculating the carbon emissions of website is somewhat of a challenge, but using two key pieces of data, WebsiteCarbon is able to make what they reckon is a pretty good estimate:
– Data transfer over the wire
– Energy source used by the data centre



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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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