Art and songs push our ideas


Welcome to The Sustainable Hour #324. In The Tunnel on 22 July 2020 we meet three artists, who use their art to make a difference and push their ideas somewhere new:

Our first guest is choir maester Stephen Tabener. Stephen has been leading community choirs for many years. He tells us what he’s been doing during lockdown when he has experimented with a new tunnel project he calls the ‘Massive Singlet’, examplifying the amazing creativity that has been unleashed via Zoom while we’ve been in the grip of Covid-19. Stephen sees singing as an important part of protest rallies and community development, and attests to its proud tradition all over the world.

We welcome 13-year-old singer Rory Phillips as he talks about the creation of his latest song ‘The Truth’. Rory, accompanied by his proud mum Samantha Taylor, impresses with a maturity far in excess of his years. We will be watching his progress with a great deal of interest. We couldn’t resist playing his song as he left us.

In the run up to the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem on 26 July, we reconnect with mangrove expert and artist Zahidah Zeytoun Millie. Zahidah has studied and drawn mangroves all over the world. In a covid-free world, we would be getting ready for the mangrove arts festival ‘Mangroves from the Water’ that she has been preparing for over several years. But not to be deterred, she is carrying on. In her spare time she is doing a PhD on her passion. Zahidah tells us how her festival plans are going as she launches a poster competition to promote the festival that’s been put back 12 months.

Colin Mockett‘s Global Outlook today looks at three items. We hear about the bold plans that the Democratic candidate for the upcoming US Presidential election, Joe Biden, has recently announced. The environmental agenda he would bring in if he won the presidency will cost $2 trillion. They will create many jobs and they will allow the United States to meet its global responsibilities concerning reducing their carbon emissions. This bold plan is in stark contrast to the Trump administration’s inability to take the climate crisis seriously.

Earlier this year, Colin told us about the low prices that oil had reached. Today he tells the same story about Australia’s liquified natural gas. Australia is the world’s largest exporter of this product, but prices are so low that a third of the ships carrying the gas are just storing it. They are waiting in the hope that the price will increase. Observers of the market is saying that the fossil fuel age is reaching its endgame.

Colin also reports about tensions within our LNP government. The last manifestation of this is the decision about who should be on the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) committee. A chairperson has been chosen but the makeup of the rest of his committee is far from settled as their ideological fault lines once again show themselves.

That’s us for another week. If you like what we do, feel free to share us far and wide. And as the week progresses, let’s make an effort every day to be that difference.

“We weren’t really doing anything about climate change in Tumut, so I guess I used my music as a medium to push my ideas out there.”
~ Rory Phillips, 13-year-old singer, in The Sustainable Hour on 22 July 2020


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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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Stephen Tabener

Massive Singlet

“Warm is not cool”



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Rory Phillips



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Zahidah Zeytoun

Zahida in The Sustainable Hour in 2019

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Creative Climate Chats is a weekly series of conversations with leading thinkers in culture and climate for discussions covering the just transition, new economics for a regenerative economy, the net zero carbon challenge, and climate justice.

The first in the series is with Lucy Davies from the UK Royal Court Theatre which has published ‘a credible plan for a just transition to carbon net zero through 2020’. Lucy explains about the plan, whether current circumstances mean a rethink, and her thoughts on a ‘green recovery’ in the arts.

Produced by Julie’s Bicycle in United Kingdom.

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“Did anyone watch 60minutes tonight? The artic is warming so much faster than elsewhere. Methane gas is brewing under the ice. The scientist dug holes thru the ice and held a torch to the methane creating small explosions. This methane gas will go into our atmosphere and travel the world within a year reaching Australian skies. What does this mean for our fire seasons. Boom??!! I thought the pandemic was bad enough.”
~ Sharron Clarke, in a post on ‘Climate Change (Australia)’ FB



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Speeding up the change we need



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Events we have talked about in The Sustainable Hour

Events in Victoria

The following is a collation of Victorian climate change events, activities, seminars, exhibitions, meetings and protests. Most are free, many ask for RSVP (which lets the organising group know how many to expect), some ask for donations to cover expenses, and a few require registration and fees. This calendar is provided as a free service by volunteers of the Victorian Climate Action Network. Information is as accurate as possible, but changes may occur.

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