Climate alleviation with plants, drinks and Twitter memes

The Sustainable Hour no 330

In our Hiatus Tunnel on 2 September 2020, we have three dynamic people who are all passionate community solution seekers.

Founder of the Climate Factory Edwina Robinson tells us how her not-for-profit creates cool outdoor havens. Their community based decision-making process can be rolled out anywhere using locally sourced plants.

Dean O’Callaghan – also known as Deano Goodbrew – is the founder, CEO and Abundance Generator at Goodbrew Kombucha. Deano regales us in his unique way about how his team operates as a greater-world-values driven corporation. We also learn how the ideas for new flavours for his probiotics come to him. We are sure that you’ll agree with us that Deano is a truly unique and very likeable character.

“We can set the narrative,” says climate activist Dan Bleakley as he shows us yet another solution focusing on the use of social media to educate people about the extent of political corruption and the tangled web they weave with fossil fuel companies. Dan is part of a group called Access Disrupt. They have started producing memes on Twitter – tiles which highlight individual politicians and what they are doing that is cause for concern. Long may this continue, till we repair our political system in Australia.

In this week’s Global Outlook, Colin Mockett firstly takes us back to Mauritius where we see further consequences to the horrible oil spill from the Japanese ship that ran aground there. Following this, he reveals the shocking conclusions that came out of a combined study by a number of English universities using NASA satellite imagery over a 30-year period. Finally, he brings us home and highlights the extent to which our current federal government government is prepared to go to support fossil fuel projects. Support which in fact flies in the face of the science that is screaming out to us that we must stop digging up, transporting and burning fossil fuels.

The Australian-British band Harriet Comfort calls for us to join the rebellion as they launch their new single this week, ‘Time Is Now’.

Till we return next week, Geelong and district residents and ratepayers, remember to follow our four women Gas Free Geelong candidates in the City of Greater Geelong elections in October. They are looking for volunteers who’ll support them with getting their campaign known in our community. Time has come for us to engage with our friends, colleagues and neighbours to #VoteTheDifference.


“People know there is a lot of fossil fuel corruption out there, however it’s really hard to grasp how much there is because you never see all together. That’s why we created Access Disrupt. We synthesise complex issues down into easily digestible memes and threads.”
~ Dan Bleakley, climate activist and co-founder Access Disrupt


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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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Sabbath for our planet

“Creator of Life,

At Your word, the Earth brought forth plants yielding seed and trees of every kind bearing fruit. The rivers, mountains, minerals, seas and forests sustained life. The eyes of all looked to You to satisfy the need of every living thing. And throughout time, the Earth has sustained life. Through the planetary cycle of days and seasons, renewal and growth, you open your hand to give creatures our food in the proper time.

In your Wisdom, you granted a Sabbath; a blessed time to rest in gratitude for all that you have given; a time to liberate ourselves from vicious consumption; a time to allow the land and all creatures to rest from the burden of production. But these days our living pushes the planet beyond its limits. Our demands for growth, and our never-ending cycle of production and consumption are exhausting our world. The forests are leached, the topsoil erodes, the fields fail, the deserts advance, the seas acidify, the storms intensify. We have not allowed the land to observe her Sabbath, and the Earth is struggling to be renewed.

During this Season of Creation*, we ask you to grant us courage to observe a Sabbath for our planet. Strengthen us with the faith to trust in your providence. Inspire us with the creativity to share what we have been given. Teach us to be satisfied with enough. And as we proclaim a Jubilee for the Earth, send Your Holy Spirit to renew the face of creation.

In the name of the One who came to proclaim good news to all creation, Jesus Christ. Amen.”

Prayer from Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, Season of Creation

* Season of Creation runs from 1 September to 4 October 2020.

→ Read more on www.seasonofcreation.org



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Harriet Comfort’s new single Time Is Now

“Harriet Comfort is a motley crew of five Aussies and one Brit based in London, England, who just happened to fall into making sounds together. Taking their name from a pile of mysterious mail that kept being delivered to their East London flat, Harriet Comfort were most recently shortlisted on the Classic Rock Magazine Track Of The Week, and have been featured on a number of radio stations contributing to them being added to multiple Spotify playlists. Their new single Time Is Now which was written with the environment front of mind is now available.”

→ Harriet Comfort’s website: www.harrietcomfort.com 
→ Facebook-side: www.fb.com/harrietcomfortband



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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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