Leadership comes from the youth

Guest in The Sustainable Hour on 25 September 2019 is Lachie Chomley from The Farm Next Door in Norlane.

We play an excerpt of the many questions from the community and of a speech by Councillor Jim Mason at the Council meeting on 24 September when a decision was to be made on whether or not to declare a climate emergency. Six of the eleven councillors rejected the idea.

We talk with Ben Pearson from World Animal Protection about the ghost nets that are killing turtles, sharks and other animals in the Gulf.

Greta Thunberg gave an emotional speech at the global climate summit in New York, we play an excerpt. And we round the hour off with a #FridaysForFuture song called ‘Unity’.


“In climate terms, time is running out. The climate deniers are a threat to our safety and security. Be kind to them, love them, but get them out of the way.”
~ Jim Mason, Councillor, City of Greater Geelong



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Video recording of Geelong Council meeting on 24 September 2019

“Every minute fibre in the cable adds to its strength.”
~ Jim Mason, Councillor, City of Greater Geelong

Open Letter from Joan Baez to Greta Thunberg

Dear Greta,

Thank you for coming to this country to speak truth to the most powerful nation on earth.

The bastions of wealth and power here have put us at the forefront of environmental disaster, the sixth extinction, the possible end of civilization as we know it.

The only way we can fight this apocalypse is by creating a mass movement, from the grassroots up. That means walking the talk. That means taking risks. That means finding your voice amid the clatter of denial.

That means exactly what you and the other enlightened young people of the earth are doing today.

There is another nation here, of decent people, whom you have moved deeply. As a member of that nation, I am doing an inventory of my own life, to see if I can live up to the standards you and our children’s children are demanding of us. I hope I can.

And you know, when grown up politicians (in this case an oxymoron) frantically resort to attacking you, you are doing absolutely the right thing.

Very truly yours,
Joan Baez

 #CLIMATEEMERGENCY: 

https://twitter.com/Emergencia_19/status/1175098964116418565?s=20



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Sustainable House Day Geelong is on 13 October. Here’s the trailer

The big takeaways from a week of climate action

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s provided the following overview of “The big takeaways from a week of climate action”:
The United Nations Climate Action Summit this past week featured a lot of drama and intrigue, from Greta Thunberg’s pithy speech to U.S. President Donald Trump’s 10-minute drop-in appearance to climate strikes, which are set to escalate again on Friday.

Some observers expressed disappointment at the lack of bold plans from individual countries in reducing carbon emissions. But there were pledges made on the margins, as cities, civil groups, companies, banks and pension funds announced their own initiatives to meet the targets laid out in the Paris Agreement to limit global warming this century to 1.5 C.

All talk? Maybe. Here are some of the announcements that could make a difference.

More ambitious country targets
Finland has committed to achieving carbon neutrality (that is, offsetting all its emissions) by 2033 and aims to be the first industrial economy to go carbon negative (sucking up more carbon than it emits). It’s pushing other EU countries to follow suit. Sixty-six countries have promised to make their climate goals more ambitious and 30 swore to be carbon-neutral by mid-century.

Abandoning coal
Canada and Great Britain lead the Powering Past Coal Alliance, which includes countries, states or regions and corporations committed to ending the building of coal plants by 2020, and picking up the pace of transition to renewables. This week, Germany, the largest user of coal in Europe, and Slovakia joined the alliance. This list tracks all the companies that have committed to divesting from coal financing.

Companies buy in
A group of 87 major companies in 27 countries — including The Co-operative Group, IKEA, Danone, L’Oréal and Nestlé — say they will set climate targets for their entire value chain in line with the Paris targets. According to the UN, these companies have combined annual direct emissions equivalent to 73 coal-fired power plants.

Responsible investing
The Asset Owner Alliance, a self-styled group of pension funds and insurers with more than $2 trillion US in investments, committed to carbon-neutral investment portfolios by 2050 in hopes of spurring others to make similar moves. The group includes Zurich Insurance, German insurer Allianz and La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.

Committing to nature
The Global Campaign for Nature aims to conserve 30 per cent of the Earth’s lands and oceans by 2030. Central American countries are collaborating to restore 10 million hectares and Central African states set goals to preserve and restore their rainforest.

Saving the rainforest
International donors pledged $500 million US to protect the rainforest, including the Amazon, which suffered record fire damage this year. France, Chile and Colombia met on the sidelines of the UN gathering, pledging to stop deforestation and restore degraded forests. (Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a climate change skeptic, did not participate.)

Help for developing countries
French President Emmanuel Macron has the backing of European countries for the Green Climate Fund, which helps poorer countries with climate issues. With the U.S. having pulled out, Macron urged other countries to step up to bring the fund to $10 billion. A group of 24 national and regional banks that work in developing countries is putting together financing to make poor countries more resilient, aiming to have $1 trillion to invest by 2025.

A call for ‘climate disclosure’
Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, told the UN that climate issues must be at the heart of financial decision-making. He called for mandatory disclosure of climate impact and climate risk management by corporations. The U.K., Canada and the EU are already moving toward such disclosure, but Carney says it must be universal.

Susan Noakes

Somini Sengupta wrote in a New York Times newsletter:

“Mr. Guterres’s climate summit was conceived with a bold call for world leaders to stop building new coal projects — particularly with taxpayer money. Yet some of the biggest champions of coal had a place on the General Assembly stage, along with other fossil fuel promoters.
The summit was intended to showcase countries and companies that are making concrete commitments. But little came from the biggest emitters. China did not say, as many had hoped, that it would reduce its emissions faster. India said nothing about its still-growing pipeline of coal projects. The United States did not speak at all, though President Trump showed up briefly, drawing an icy glare from Ms. Thunberg, who watched him walked past her in the hallway, according to a video that blew up on Twitter.
That gap between the activists and world leaders, it seems, is still wide.”

87 multinational companies, with a combined worth of $2.3trillion and direct emissions equal to 73 coal-fired power plants, announced they would set climate targets for their entire value chains in line with 1.5C target, and reaching net-zero by no later than 2050. Click here to read more on this announcement

Climate Strike 20 September 2019

https://twitter.com/prrsimons/status/1175030684110344192?s=20
https://twitter.com/TRF_Stories/status/1175019658933669889?s=20
https://twitter.com/UN_Women/status/1174995379508695041?s=20
https://twitter.com/huprice/status/1175025644507291648?s=20
https://twitter.com/ClimateGuardia/status/1175152630055616513?s=20

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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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