Switching the narrative around

Guests in The Sustainable Hour no 311 on 29 April 2020 are Damien Cole from Kindness Pandemic TV, James Conlan from Environment Victoria and Glenn Todd, director of Action Skills


Even though our individual habits have changed radically in the last month because of the pandemic, relatively little carbon emissions have decreased. Today Colin Mockett‘s Global Outlook concentrates on a report from CarbonBrief.org. He gives the results of scientists who have crunched the numbers for the decrease in CO2-emissions world-wide during the coronavirus. They pose the questions: is this enough? And what’s the best way for our economy to spring spring back after the coronavirus releases its grip? Business as before, or a transition to a safer, more just and healthy world?

The first of our three guests is Glenn Todd from Action Skills. Glenn tells us about why he thinks digital skills are so important for campaigning today and how he has established a course to teach grassroots activists how to use such skills to advantage: “Sharing skills to empower community.”

Glenn is followed by James Conlan from Environment Victoria. He tells us about the organisation’s campaign to raise awareness in the real estate industry about the importance of putting emphasis on sustainability features in the houses they rent out and sell. Combined with this, they are also encouraging house renters and buyers to ask about these features in their interactions with real estate agents.

Finally we have a regular guest in Damien Cole. This time Damo talks about his team’s latest initiative: The Kindness Pandemic TV Channel. He and co-host Tom Robb from ‘Life Is The Way’ intend to produce a regular tv program featuring local people who have dreams of a better world and work each day to that end. As part of this discussion Jackie talks about an initiative that she is involved in: ‘Ocean Grove Barwon Heads Locally Made’.

We hope that you get as much out of this show as we did in producing it. Stay safe to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.

And don’t forget to put in a submission in response to the City of Greater Geelong’s Sustainability Framework. If you agree with many who think it is far from adequate, make sure that you comment on it. Possible talking points can be found here – and this is what we submitted from Centre for Climate Safety.

Please go there, have your say and collectively, we can be the difference!


“All we are doing is facilitating all the goodness. It is environmental, it is mental health… it is normalising the fact that you care about the planet.”
~ Damien Cole, at 54:25 minutes in The Sustainable Hour no 311


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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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Damien Cole and Kindness Pandemic TV are looking for volunteers with social media skills
Excerpt of The Sustainable Hour’s interview with Damien Cole

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RealEstateView: “How to start a vegetable patch” – advertised in The New Daily’s newsletter

How it looks when GIY (Grow It Yourself) is normalised.



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Kacey Musgraves: ‘Oh, What a World 2.0’

Bernadette La Hengst: ‘Save the world with this melody’



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