Surprising energy news and ideas in The Tunnel

Guests in The Sustainable Hour on 1 April 2020 are Brad Homewood from Extinction Rebellion, CEO2 Coral Bleach of Billionaires United Mining Services (BUMS) and her attorney, Lignite Pitt QC of Bigend & Town Solicitors, and Tim Buckley who is the Director of Energy Finance Studies, Australasia at the Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis (IEEFA).

In Denmark, Lene talks with sustainable investment consultant Silja Nyboe Andersen from Merkur Bank in Denmark. And we round the hour off with a beautiful and incredibly popular corona-poem which Riya Sokol has shared with the world from Costa Rica.

A listener, Petra Goerschel, calls in with an idea to start a tree planting project, where a tree will be planted every time a child is born. In Geelong, that would mean 2,500 new trees coming to life to start cleaning the air every year.

Colin Mockett’s World View is high on a new report which highlights the fact that coal is now in decline world-wide and renewable energy has crossed the line becoming the cheapest way to generate electricity.

Till next week, stay tuned in The Tunnel where you can still be the difference.


“This is a time to radically re-think the way we live and function as a society.”
~ Friends of the Earth Australia, ‘Covid-19: Blueprint for Climate Justice’


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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 land. They nurtured it and thrived in often harsh conditions for millenia before they were invaded. Their land was then stolen from them – it wasn’t ceeded. It is becoming more and more obvious that, if we are to survive the climate emergency we are facing, we have much to learn from their land management practices.

Our battle for climate justice won’t be won until our First Nations brothers and sisters have their true justice. 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…

“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children.”

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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Tim Buckley

Energy

Increasingly, coal has become un-economic and un-bankable in many parts of the world

→ End Coal – 25 March 2020:
New Report – Boom and Bust 2020: Tracking the Global Coal Plant Pipeline
“Global coal power under development declined for the fourth year in a row, but much steeper reductions needed for Paris climate agreement. U.S. coal plant retirements up 67% under President Trump compared to Obama.”

→ BBC News – 12 March 2020:
Coal power developers ‘risk wasting billions’
“Coal power developers risk wasting hundreds of billions of pounds as new renewable sources are now cheaper than new coal plants, a report has said.”

→ Rapid Transition – 22 January 2020:
Dethroning king coal – how a once dominant fuel source is falling rapidly from favour
“Electricity fuelled by coal is experiencing a record decline. 2019 is expected to show the biggest fall yet, after decades of increases. An accelerated move away from coal is imperative to achieve the goals of the Paris agreement. Coal currently accounts for 38.5% of the global power mix and generates 46% of global CO2 emissions.”

In the New South Wales Northern Rivers region, Sean O’Shannessy interviews Tim Buckley in the podcast ‘Environmental as Anything’.



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Brad Homewood



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Coral Bleach and Lignite Pitt QC in action in Melbourne’s financial centre



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Silja Nyboe Andersen
Sustainable People: Lene Foghsgaard’s interview with Silja Nyboe Andersen

Silja Nyboe Andersen is an avid Danish connector with a personal mission to develop creative initiatives that spark conversation and inspire action for positive social and environmental change through impact investing.

Silja currently splits her time working as a strategic advisor at Merkur Andelskasse, an ethical bank in Denmark committed to social justice within a sustainable economy, and as an event organiser curating events and programs focusing on the role of change makers and investors in creating more sustainable ecosystems. Silja holds a board position at Nordic Harvest and Dansk Skovforening.

Previous roles include a director role at The Big Issue Foundation, board positions at a family owned forestry business and a Danish NGO as well as a managerial role at Active Philanthropy. Silja holds an MSc in Economics from Copenhagen University with courses from London School of Economics and Copenhagen Business School.



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Geelong Advertiser on Saturday 28 March 2020: ‘We’re in this together’



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