Coal-arsonists, climate fiction and youth leadership

The Sustainable Hour no 293

Guests in The Sustainable Hour on 13 November 2019 are:

[At 7 min] Climate striker, 11-year-old student and from today also The Sustainable Hour’s youth reporter Ben Pocock whose first audio report for The Sustainable Hour is about the climate strikes.

[At 17 min] Youth-book author Mark Smith who has written three cli-fi books – climate change fiction – and now has a fouth on its way, inspired by the Anglesea coalfired power station, which was closed down after a year-long community campaign.

[At 34 min] Rusty talks with the recently elected chair of Beanstalk Organic, Michelle Roach. The company supplies an organic food basket with seasonal and locally sourced produce to customers once per week. The community comes together and can shop in a safe environment. They are connected with the farmers and join with the supplier on working bees.

[At 40 min] On the phone, Tony talks with Paola Cassoni, co-owner of Bimblebox Nature Refuge in Queensland. She is fighting a lonely fight against Clive Palmer’s mining company, which plans to clear thousands of hectares of land to start digging up more climate-destroying coal.

We also play an excerpt of New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern‘s celebrative speech last week as a zero carbon legislation was implemented by the New Zealand parliament. And an excerpt of a 14-year-old protester Grace, speaking in front of the British Department of Education.

The hour is introduced with short statements by fire fighter Greg Mullins interviewed by the ABC, senator Jordon Steele-John stating in the Australian government that the two major parties are “arsonists”, and a short excerpt of Bruce Shillingsworth‘s statement in ABC’s Q&A, where he said that “Australians needs to wake up!”


“You need to begin with an apology. Apologise for the fact that this is what the world has come to – through deliberate ignorance and through vested interests having way to much sway over governments for the last however-many years…”
~ Mark Smith, author



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“The news of catastrophic fires across the country is harder to bear with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his political mates dismissing the role of climate change in fuelling these fires. They are ignoring the chorus of scientists, fire fighters, farmers and fire-affected communities calling for stronger climate action. In Victoria, the Andrews government has warned of a “long, hot, dry and dangerous” bushfire season heightened by the climate crisis.”
~ Taegen Edwards, Environment Victoria

“Catastrophic, unprecedented bushfires are tearing across the country. Our communities are being devastated. Our homes destroyed. People are dying. As we hold each other. As we scramble to help our neighbours. As we wait with bated breath for news. As our loved ones evacuate. As we reconcile what might be the new reality of life under climate change. As we grieve, there are no rules about how we should feel.”
~ Sam, Greenpeace Australia Pacific

You know the story is changing when this sort of sketches begin to appear on the national tv news program The Project

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Links, excerpts and more information about what we talked about in this Sustainable Hour


Ben Pocock
– The Sustainable Hour’s new youth reporter
Click to listen to Ben’s first report – about climate strikes
20 September 2019: School strike in Melbourne. Photo: Mik Aidt

School strike signs photo series on Facebook: 60 messages from the people of Melbourne
Mark Smith

 #SCHOOLSTRIKE4CLIMATE #YOUTH4CLIMATE: 

History is made by the people who turn up

“You need to begin with an apology. Apologise for the fact that this is what the world has come to through deliberate ignorance and through vested interests having way to much sway over governments for the last however-many years. So the thing that I would say to Ben is… I wouldn’t advice you on anything, it sounds as if you are motivated for yourself, it sounds as you are are motivating other kids, which is great. The one thing that I have always spoken to students about, when we have been talking about issues is that history is made by the people who turn up. You’ve got to get out there, and you’ve got to have your voice heard. And that is the way you change history. And it sounds to me as if you are well on your way towards doing that.”
~ Mark Smith in The Sustainable Hour on 13 November 2019

Mark Smith is the author of the trilogy fiction books The Road To WinterWilder Country and Land of Fences, which are published in Australia, New Zealand, the US and UK.

The books are set in a future where a pandemic has wiped out most communities and violent gangs roam the wilderness. Finn survives alone with only his loyal dog Rowdy for company, until he comes across Rose, a ‘Siley” or asylum seeker. Helping her pulls him into a world of danger.

It has been said about climate change fiction – Cli-fi for short – that it can help unpack fears about the future, imagine scenarios and inspire preventative action. 

Mark combines his love of the outdoors – surfing, mountain biking, travelling – with his experience as a teacher in a residential campus on Victoria’s west coast. He believes strongly in the resilience and adaptability of young people when they’re confronted with new and challenging situations.

Mark’s second novel, Wilder Country, was the winner of the 2018 Indie Book Award for Young Adults.

→ Mark Smith’s Facebook page



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While the country is on fire, literally in a state of emergency – where is the deputy prime minister? He’s out visiting a coal mine, as the government is about to endorse digging even more coal up in Australia


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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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