The year of clear climate vision

Welcome to yet another year of The Sustainable Hour, where our major focus continues to be giving our listeners knowledge and inspiration at a time when it is so easy to be overcome by the ‘doom & gloom’ that is all around us, especially after the catastrophic wild fires that have scorched so much of our ‘Big Brown Land’ for months and months.

People all over the world are doing amazing things to make a difference as they realise the seriousness of the climate emergency we face. They know the peer-reviewed science is screaming out to us what needs to happen and they aren’t waiting for governments to take it seriously.

We are entering our seventh year of hitting the airwaves. We will be looking near and far for stories of people who are acting on their nature do no harm centric values and shine extra lumens on their work.

In the sustainable studio this week, we have Alvyn Williams, the founder and principal of local SoftLoud Architects from Ocean Grove for a reflection on the summer’s catastrophic fires. Alvyn has strong feelings about the importance of not making the same mistakes as regards the building materials used when rebuilding after bushfires. He is very proud of the house he consulted on for his mother and father near Kinglake. His business is all about having as little impact as possible when building or renovating, but he also talks about the importance of listening to their clients: ” … Architects are very well trained to create creative solutions, but not so well trained to listen”

Colin Mockett‘s world view takes a look at the UK and Europe, and also comments on Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher’s recent announcement that Geelong Council will release its new climate policy in two weeks.

Two phone interviews round out the show:

Sonia Randhawa is co-founder of The Coalition of Everyone. This group is committed to “building politics of hope” – the creation of true democratic decision making processes in the face of what many people feel of our current democracy that has been corrupted and stolen by big business interests.

Rick Coleman is founder, educator and designer at the Southern Cross Permaculture Institute in Melbourne. He is a long time passionate advocate, teacher and designer of permaculture projects all over the world. He just returned from working on four different aid projects in Kenya – still as enthusiastic as he was when he started decades ago.


“This summer is the first time in Australian modern history where people have said: ‘Uh, I might not go to the beach for a holiday’…”
~ Alvyn Williams, architect


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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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