Nutricious microgreens and a green energy invention

Guests in The Sustainable Hour on 20 November 2019 is Michelle Mairs from Sprout House Farms, who is sprouting about the benefits of edible flowers and microgreens, and Mike Hodgkinson from Capricorn Power, which has invented a highly efficient waste-heat-to-energy engine and are raising $600,000 to start production of it – by selling shares with minimum investment of $500 via an equity raising platform.

We have a chat with singer Ash Grunwald, who is performing in Queenscliffe in the weekend, about writing songs with an environmental message.

Sustainable People by Lene Foghsgaard takes a look at TooGoodToGo, the world’s biggest online marketplace for surplus meals. In the previous episode of Sustainable People we heard about foodwaste, and now its time again, because food waste is a massive problem: every second 51 ton of food is wasted all over the world. A group of Danish friends got the idea of creating an app, where you can go and pick up surplus food from restaurants, bakeries, supermarkeds and so on. They were out on a restaurant together, and started talking about all the food from the buffet that hadn’t been eaten. What about that? The idea was born! That is now three years ago, and the ToGoodToGo app is active in 14 European countries, with more coming soon – growing every day with new retailers signing up and new costumers coming onboard. Since the start in 2016, almost 25 million surplus meals have been sold cheaply via the app.


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~ Pete Seeger, American singer



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Mike Hodgkinson, Capricorn Power’s CEO, has been working in cleantech for over a decade, focusing on innovations that can solve climate change and reduce skyrocketing energy prices. Prior to joining Capricorn Power in 2017, Mike excelled as a cluster mentor at the Melbourne School of Engineering and a Commercial Cleantech Consultant, and General Manager of Solar Systems, winning an Abigroup innovation award for one of the three utility scale concentrating solar power stations built during his time.

Mike has a knack for accelerating the growth of forward-thinking start-ups through solid financial management, considered commercialisation and relationship building. He is excited by Dr Barton’s brilliant technology and driven to create a greener world for future generations.

www.capricornpower.com.au 

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A romance gone wrong

“The world urgently needs to break up with gasoline. And a song is a great way to get people to sing along and get comfortable with that idea. That’s why we wrote the song, Gasoline Breakup. The lyrics describe our frustrations with gasoline through the lens of a romance gone wrong.”



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Worldwide Unity is a compilation of different videos from around our world of young
people and kids singing ‘UNITY’ in unity. Geelong is represented at 2:52.

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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


“Tasmanian teachers won’t sit by while governments burn our students’ futures.”

AEU first Tasmanian union to declare climate emergency

The Australian Education Union’s Tasmanian Branch has declared a climate emergency and called for urgent action from state and federal governments to protect their students’ future.

The AEU’s declaration is the first from a Tasmanian union, but joins Hobart, Launceston and Kingborough Councils, the Australian Medical Association, the Australian Association of Social Workers and over 11,000 scientists in the BioScience journal just two weeks ago.

The Australian College of Emergency Medicine is holding its national conference in Hobart this week with the theme ‘the changing climate of emergency medicine’.

“We are facing a climate emergency,” said Primary Teacher and AEU Branch Council Member Alison Jales. “Climate change is happening with greater speed and devastation than predicted.”

“In the past week, as we have seen the devastating effects of climate change in the form of bushfires destroying homes and lives along Australia’s East Coast, our government has refused to even discuss the climate emergency.”

“Tasmania needs to show leadership on this issue – Will Hodgman needs to acknowledge the threat this climate emergency poses to our children and our state and get on the phone to Scott Morrison immediately.”

“The impact of climate breakdown and ecological collapse will affect all of our young people. This is not fair.  We want our children to be able to live safely in good health and experience all the beauty and joy our planet has to offer.”

“It’s our job to educate and support our students to learn about the climate emergency. The Australian Curriculum has sustainability as one of its cross-curriculum priorities, defined as addressing the ‘ongoing capacity of Earth to maintain all life’. It’s also our job to protect our students and ensure their safety now and into the future.”

The motion passed yesterday at the AEU Tasmanian Branch Council meeting commits the union to support student-led strikes and actions focused on the climate emergency, write to government leaders, lead union campaigns on the issue and investigate divestment options to withdraw funding from fossil fuel projects.

A coalition of 23 former Fire and Emergency Leaders, including former Tasmania Fire Service chief fire officer Mike Brown, with more than 600 years of combined experience, last week repeated their call for the federal government to declare a climate emergency and take necessary action.

“Tasmanian teachers won’t sit by while governments burn our students’ futures. Where governments are failing, our students are taking action and we’re proud to join them until we get the leadership the climate emergency demands.”

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“For one year I grew and foraged 100% of my food. Every. Single. Bite. No grocery stores, no restaurants, not even a drink at a bar. Nature has been my garden, my pantry and my pharmacy. I lived in the city of Orlando, Florida in a 100 square foot tiny house. With no land of my own I turned front yards into gardens and shared the bounty of food with the homeowners. Over the year I grew over 100 different foods in my gardens, foraged over 200 foods from nature and I even grew and foraged my own medicine and vitamins too. “



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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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