To address the emergency we must fix our democracy

Guest in The Sustainable Hour on 16 October 2019 is Mike Lawrence, who co-founded The Sustainable Hour together with Mik in October 2013 …some 289 radio shows and six years ago.

We open the hour with a report from the streets of Geelong, where Extinction Rebellion Geelong organised a ‘Die-In’ on Saturday 12 October.

Director Susanna Bevilacqua tells us about what will happen at the Moral Fairground‘s next Ethical Enterprise Conference under the headline ‘Collaboration for Change’ and with the annual Ethical Enterprise Awards – all happening in Melbourne on Monday and Tuesday 28 and 29 October.

Adam Bandt, member of Parliament for The Greens, posted an optimistic video on Facebook on 15 October about how close the Greens were to convince a majority of the Australian Parliament that it should declare a climate emergency – only three more votes were needed for the proposal to go through, which calls for more advocacy work – in particular among members of the Liberal party – in the coming weeks and months.

At almost the same time, Mark Butler, member of Parliament for the Labor party, announced on Twitter that he was also proposing Labor’s own climate emergency declaration motion.

We play an excerpt from The Project‘s significant interview with former Liberal leader Dr John Hewson telling it as it is with the Australian government’s inaction on climate, and former ABC presenter Kerry O’Brien‘s making a similar sharp comment about the media’s role in this on ABC’s Q&A

We also have a listen to Ugandan #FridaysForFuture activist Hilda Flavia Nakabuye‘s emotional speech at the C40 World Mayors Summit 2019 in Copenhagen.


“If we were in the business of saving drowning people, sooner or later someone has to go upstream and find out who is throwing them in.”
~ Mike Lawrence, guest in The Sustainable Hour



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 #CLIMATEEMERGENCY: 

“Labor will declare a climate emergency.”
~ Mark Butler MP, 15 October 2019 on Twitter



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Is $60-70 millions all it takes to hijack an election?

“Powerful vested interests campaigned against us through sections of the media itself, and they got what they wanted.”

Bill Shorten, former Labor leader

The ALP’s post-mortem on the federal election result, led by former SA premier Jay Weatherill and former frontbencher Craig Emerson, has found the Palmer juggernaut was a big factor in Labor’s election defeat.

“We were up against corporate leviathans, a financial behemoth, spending unprecedented hundreds of millions of dollars advertising, telling lies, spreading fear,” Bill Shorten said.

→ The New Daily – 20 October 2019:
$65 million and counting, Clive Palmer labels Labor a sore loser on election spend

https://twitter.com/zalisteggall/status/1186856255240884224?s=20

“The world’s failure to act on climate change is not accidental. Just as in Australia the fossil fuel industry has corrupted our government, economic decision-making around the world has been distorted by the hastening concentration of wealth and power in the hands of global elites.

Reducing the corporate influence on policymaking that underpins this realignment is difficult, but far from impossible: even without redistributive policies greater public transparency, restrictions on the power of lobbyists and donations and more effective anti-corruption regimes will help.”
~ James Bradley, Unearthed: Last Days of the Anthropocene

The Australia Institute’s tv advertisement

“A message for the coal lobby: leave our laws alone. Burning coal makes fires, heatwaves and droughts worse. Australia Institute research shows coal mined in NSW causes more carbon pollution than France or the UK. That’s why we need laws to protect us from coal mines and emissions. But right now, the coal lobby is attacking our Independent Planning Commission and bullying the New South Wales Parliament to change our laws. Tell the New South Wales Government to stand up to the coal lobby and protect the laws that protect us.”

See the full research and add your name: www.tai.org.au/protectourlaws

Institute: “Coal industry writes Australia’s laws”

“At a state and national level, the coal industry is effectively writing Australia’s laws”, writes the Australia institute:

“The Prime Minister’s announcement that he will introduce new laws to prevent consumers and environmentalists from advocating against companies that invest in coal marks a watershed moment in Australian politics.

The right of consumers to advocate for what they believe in is an important freedom. All consumers have the right to boycott products and companies whose values don’t align with their own, and all investors have those rights as well.

While the Morrison government has not yet introduced laws to ban secondary boycotts at a federal level, the Berejiklian government is moving rapidly in NSW to accommodate the demands of the mining industry lobby.

At the state level, the NSW Government is capitulating to the Minerals Council, which has run an unprecedented campaign demanding state laws that allow the consideration of Scope 3 emissions in planning decisions be weakened or overturned completely.

In short: the Berejiklian Government is moving to amend the NSW laws that currently require the full climate change impacts to be considered in the assessment of new coal mines.”



 ADDITIONALLY: 

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


Lawyers Declare a Climate and Ecological Emergency
ABC, SBS… BBC, can’t you see, this is an emergency?



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Climate news

As our public broadcasters fail providing climate news, individuals and private groups step in.

Lean back and watch this ‘Climate Action News October 2019’ from Stockholm, which has Australian Ian Dunlop as one of its guests, and starts with a 16-minute documentary film by Breakthrough

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Podcasts and posts on this website about climate emergency
Latest news on BBC about climate change

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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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