Flight free for our health outdoors

The Sustainable Hour no 329

On 26 August 2020, our Hiatus Tunnel is full of dynamic solution seekers.

We start the hour with a short promo-trailer for a new Danish climate podcast by the Danish Minister for Climate, Dan Jørgensen: ‘Planet A’. His idea is to discuss climate solutions with the world’s leading climate experts as Denmark heads for a 70 per cent emissions reduction by 2030 by law.

First guest of the hour is doctor David King who is on the executive of the Queensland branch of Doctors for the Environment Australia and also works in the refugee health space. David tells us about his organisation’s latest efforts to get our elected representatives to take the health impacts of climate change seriously and stop listening to the fossil fuel lobbyist. The doctors have just sent a powerful letter with that intent to our Federal politicians, signed by Australia’s peak medical groups representing around 90,000 – or 75 per cent – of the nation’s doctors. They see the recovery plans post Covid-19 as a great opportunity to make the necessary changes to address their concerns.

Flight Free Australia is next up. Co-founder Mark Carter accompanied by Alex Mungell explain the serious climate impacts of air travel – an issue a growing number of people are realising: we have to stop flying. Emissions from flying create warming two-five times the CO2-warming effect and are projected to become 25 per cent of global emissions in 2050. Currently, 75 per cent of aviation emissions globally are created by the richest 10 per cent of people. He also explains about e-fuels and electric airplanes. Alex talks about why as a big flyer he took the Flight Free Pledge – choosing not to fly for 12 months – and what this meant for him.

Vicki Adams is the recent founder of a group called Outdoors People for Climate Action mobilising the outdoors people in Australia: surfers, bush walkers, trail runners, skiers, rock climbers, outdoor educators and guides, nature therapists and everyone who works outdoors in nature, getting them together to take climate action. Yet another group who feel they have much to lose if our elected representatives don’t start to take science based decisions on climate. Vicki explains why she formed the group while Australia was confronted with unprecedented bushfires last summer and what they hope to achieve.

Tom O’Connor has nominated as a candidate for the Bellarine Ward in the City of Greater Geelong elections in October. He outlines the issues that he’ll be campaigning on in lead up to the election: the nurture of nature, and the nurture of people. He has strong ideas on real community consultation, being cooperational rather than confrontational, and protecting our natural environment, and he feels his previous experience on Council will make him an ideal candidate to help City of Greater Geelong to #BuildBackBetter and #MakeTheDifference post Covid-19. He also recommends us to read the book ‘New Power’.

Mik reports on a new Geelong alliance of four women candidates, Put Climate First. Their new Facebook page is here.

Colin Mockett‘s Global Outlook outlines a series of events, some of which are extreme weather and some related to extreme weather. These are in turn: Unprecedented fires in California, record ice loss in Greenland, oil spill caused by melting permafrost in the Arctic, and another oil spill from a ship that broke up in mountainous seas in Mauritius. He leaves us to ponder: why did all these events receive so little coverage in our mainstream media? On the good news side, Colin gives ‘galoping news’ examples of how some oil and gas companies such as BHP and Suncor are now pursuing a new path of investing in renewable energy.

That’s it for this week. Till we return in seven days, we recommend you to get involved in your local democracy: educate yourself on who the candidates are in your ward and #VoteTheDifference come October elections.


“Us oldies, I believe that we’ve neglected what nature has blessed us with. We must do a better job.”
~ Tom O’Connor, council election candidate, Bellarine


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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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The song we played in The Sustainable Hour no 329 was by Kodi Twiner: ‘The Current Situation’



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DEA letter and Media release 

Media on the first day
Sydney Morning HeraldNews CorpMirage NewsSBSThe New DailyThe WestEden MagnetCanberra Times

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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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