Vote the difference

The Sustainable Hour no 327

The Sustainable Hour no 327

Today marks the launch of The Sustainable Hour’s 2020 local government election coverage. Between now and the elections that are listed to be in October, we’ll be giving all candidates an opportunity to have a say about why they are standing and what issues are up-front for them. We will also be covering all the important local issues. With this in mind, we’ll welcome all input without fear or favour.

Our guests in The Tunnel on 12 August 2020 are three local women, who are long time passionate advocates for a safer, more just and healthy Geelong and world:

Monica Winston, who is giving serious thought to actually putting herself up as a candidate in the election. Monica has a high profile in getting Geelong’s Transition Streets projects up and running as well as administering community development projects.

Caroline Danaher is very active in many Geelong and district groups working for real action on climate, and other social justice issues at a local, state, national, as well as international levels.

Sanja Van Huet is co-initiator of Geelong Community Survey, which seeks to find out what matters to the Geelong Community. Take the survey.

Rounding out the show we have Councillor Trent McCarthy from Darebin City Council in Melbourne. Trent takes us through the process that led to his council being the first local government authority in the world to declare a climate emergency. This has grown to over 1,750 well connected councils today.

We’ll be doing everything in our power to see that the City of Greater joins this network and come up with a strong action plan with real targets and time lines. In fact we believe that this has to be the first action of the new City of Greater Geelong Council after the election. It has to be a major election issue.

Trent, an experienced councillor and election campaigner, also shares his advice to anyone who’ll be ‘standing for Earth’ and giving it a go as a candidate in the local elections.

In his Global Outlook, Colin Mockett zooms us firstly back to inside the Arctic Circle, specifically the Milne Ice Shelf, the last in Canada, which recently broke off. Next he takes us south to New York where the authorities there are taking the Trump administration’s Department of Labour to court over their laws that discourage ethical investments. Finally he lists the world’s five largest solar farms. Ironically the person behind three of these is Guatam Adani, the person who is causing so much controversy as he is wanting to build a mega coal mine in Central Queensland.

Until next week, educate yourself and vote the difference in October.


“Covid-19 presented an opportunity to pause, rethink, and design a new and faster transition to a low carbon future. The price of solar modules has dropped by 99 per cent in the past 40 years, and given what I see, I expect prices to drop by an additional 99 per cent over the next 40 years – probably reducing the marginal cost of electricity to zero.”
~ Gautam Adani, Indian billionaire industrialist, chairman and founder of the Adani Group

“There is a lot of things that people are doing that are groundbreaking in their own area. We just need to all pull together and put climate safety first.”
~ Monica Winston, candidate in the Geelong council election

“My strongest advice [to council candidates] is to keep it simple, keep it connected to people’s lives, and cut through that idea that action on climate – just like any action on the environment – is a costly thing. It actually costs us more if we don’t [take action]”.
~ Trent McCarthy, councillor and candidate in Darebin


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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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Geelong Council Candidate information

→ Want to become a councillor?

About the election in Geelong

Who’s running?

→ Mitchell’s Front Page: 94.7 The Pulse’s council election page

Will you stand for Earth?

The Geelong Council elections are being held this October, so now is the time to think about putting your hand up as a candidate.

If you are a woman interested in standing as a candidate for the City of Greater Geelong, you can take advantage of two webinars with leadership expert and author Ruth McGowan OAM where she will share her experience in local politics and information for prospective candidates to plan and deliver a successful campaign. The workshops will cover how to get started, planning, communication, practical advice and Q&A sessions.

Fire up your campaign: A workshop for women
Hosted by: Ruth McGowan OAM
Date: Wednesday 12 August 2020
Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm
Cost: $10
Location: Online webinar via Skype
Register: via Eventbrite at www.bit.ly/fireupyourcampaign

Campaign countdown: A workshop for women
Date: Wednesday 26 August 2020
Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm
Cost: $10
Location: Online webinar via Skype
Register: via Eventbrite at www.bit.ly/campaigncountdown

The webinars are designed especially for women of all backgrounds, and their supporters, who are planning to stand for local council.

Financial hardship assistance is available to purchase tickets. For further information, please contact GeelongCouncilElections@geelongcity.vic.gov.au or call 03 5272 5272.

To learn more about the Geelong Council elections, including information for candidates, visit www.geelongaustralia.com.au/elections

→ Reuters – 4 August 2020:
Teen election candidate urges NZ to lead world in green virus recovery
“Luke Wijohn, 18, who is hoping to become New Zealand’s youngest lawmaker, says his country should create jobs in conservation and clean energy, while stepping up climate action:”



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Geelong Community Survey

Sanja Van Huet

“The survey has been created by a group of Geelong and Bellarine residents. We are keen to hear your feedback about the progress the City of Greater Geelong has made on the community’s 2017 Clever and Creative Vision.

Providing your views on how Council is responding to the community’s concerns and priorities is an important way to provide direction to Councillors and to all candidates nominating for the upcoming Council elections in October.”

Please have your say
“We’ll take your views to candidates in the upcoming Council elections to show them what the community wants them to focus on and let you know which candidates will act on the community’s top priorities.

Results of the survey will be collated as a group and your privacy respected. No individual’s responses will be released, identifiable or shared with other groups or any candidate running for election. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.”

Take the survey

→ For further information about the survey, go to www.geelongcommunitysurvey.org

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Canada’s last fully intact Arctic ice shelf collapses

→ BBC Science – 11 August 2020:
Milne Ice Shelf: Satellites capture Arctic ice split



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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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Podcasts and posts on this website about climate emergency
Latest news on BBC about climate change


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