Land on fire but also flowing with honey and good ideas

Our guests in The Sustainable Hour on 18 December 2019 are seven-year-old Holly and her mum Jana Holmer, who share their enthusiasm for everything organic, repurposed or reinvented.

We talk with kayak-campaigning Steve Posselt, who recently published his new book, ‘Tough is not enough’ about climate despair and redemption – described as “a must read for every climate activist, adventurer and their friends.”

Sustainable People is on a hard mission this time, and it is not about finding Santa Claus…
One of the most popular Danish Christmas songs, written 171 years ago, has this famous sentence: “Just don’t touch my old Christmas”. But Christmas has been touched, big time. The 5.5 million Danes go shopping for around $5 billion Australian dollars in the days around Christmas, and the figure for all the presents given equals to tonnes of carbon emissions. So Lene Foghsgaard asks: What on Earth can we do to actually make Christmas both green and sustainable?

Two women, Johanne Stenstrup and Louise Thustrup stand behind the company Sustain Daily, which has made it into its mission to collect relevant information of all aspects of a sustainable lifestyle and inspire us all to change our habits into a more sustainable dailyday. They know everything worth knowning about the transition needed, and they generously give out some of their advice. 

We start the hour with a clip of Greta Thunberg and an EU media representative Elina Bardram speaking at the UN Climate Summit in Spain, and Colin Mockett‘s perspective on this in the global context of things.

We end the hour with an excerpt from an inspirational end-of-year TEDtalk with Jane Fonda. Cheers, and a happy new year to all our FM and podcast listeners and followers in social media.


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“Health and medical groups from across Australia are calling the current air pollution crisis from unprecedented bushfires in NSW a public health emergency and calling on federal and state government to act to address the immediate health crisis as well as the underlying climate emergency.”
~ Climate and Health Alliance’s joint statement

In the same breath as we send our respect to the traditional custodians of the land on which The Sustainable Hour is produced, the Wadawurrung people, in recognition of their continuing connection to the land, water, culture and community, in today’s program we also send our disrespect to our leaders in Canberra, who went to Spain to sabotage the global climate negotiations so that they basically collapsed — while in Australia, an area almost the size of Denmark now has been burning in the last month. More than 30,000 square kilometres – Denmark is 43,000. So that’s like seeing three quarters of Denmark on fire.

And we’re told it will be 47 degrees in Mildura on Friday, which will then become the hottest December temperature ever recorded here in Victoria.

Welcome to life in the new normal of a climate emergency. We are all at risk here.

Are you listening, Geelong? Are you listening, Mayor and Councillors, who declined to declare a climate emergency?

So, welcome in the climate emergency bunker. Maybe that should be the name of our movement: Not The Tunnel, as I have been talking about, but The Climate Bunker – understood as a safe place where we meet and work on solutions in the company of others doing the same. Today’s Sustainable Hour is full of those that you can do at home, as demonstrated by Holly and Jana Holmer:



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 #CLIMATEEMERGENCY #FRIDAYSFORFUTURE: 

Jane Fonda: Why I protest for climate justice



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Meet John Paul in this regenerative podcast interview

Anthony Gleeson commented on Facebook:
“Mik has done it again – how does he keep finding people who manage to leave more ‘simple’ lives. Contrary to what advertising tries to tell us all day,every day, they don’t buy it & r much happier as a result.
Keep ‘em comin’ Mik
Their life is regenerative – they don’t need stuff to ‘make themselves whole’
An inspiration to us all.”


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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


Courage in a world on fire

“The fellowship and solidarity of collective action is in fact, as historian Howard Zinn points out, generally the best place to start a tough journey in dark times:

‘Human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. If we remember those times and places — and there are so many — where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.’

As we embark on the festive season, many Australians are facing the harsh realities of climate change. Bushfires are still raging and set to worsen and air pollution in our cities has exceeded hazardous levels. In this article, Professor John Wiseman considers what sources of emotional resilience, and learning can enable us to face a harsh climate future with fierce honesty, radical hope and defiant courage…”

→ University of Melbourne – 17 December 2019:
Honesty and courage in a world on fire
“Leadership and wisdom in the climate crisis.”



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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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