The Sustainable House in the age of change

The Sustainable Hour no 333

The school strikers are calling again. This Friday, 25 September, is a global school strike – and a national day of action protesting our government’s destructive obsession with gas. In Geelong, the strike will take place in The Tunnel – on zoom – and Facebook.

Joining us in The Tunnel and Stairway to Hiatus on 23 September 2020, we have five guests:

Geelong Sustainability President Vicki Perrett tells us how this year’s Sustainable House Day will be held online and gives us an overview of the types of houses and gardens that will be on display for those two days. Details of Sustainable House Day 2020 can be found here: Geelong Sustainability SHD2020.

Vicki then welcomes three people whose homes will be on virtual display over the Sustainable House Day weekend: Ryan Thompson who has retrofitted a heritage 1940’s house, and partners Jenny Knox and Malcolm Fisher who have recently moved into their newly built house.

Vicki leaves us with the strong impression that although this year’s Sustainable House Day has to be online, there’ll still be something for everyone.

Monique Connell is standing for Windermere Ward as part of the Put Climate First ticket at the upcoming City of Greater Geelong elections. We hear from Monique why she decided to stand and what issues are a priority for her if she is elected. Here’s a video excerpt of the interview.

James Whelen, the founder of The Change Agency, tells us about their community organising fellowships, applications for which close at the end of October. There are part and full scholarships available because of the very generous support of close a number of philanthropic foundations.

In his Global Round Up this week, Colin Mockett takes in the ongoing Californian wildfires and Russian arctic diesel-spill clean-up, while featuring European president Ursula von der Leyen’s first State of the Union address. This outlined her plans for Europe to recover from the pandemic recession with an ambitious plan to invest 20 per cent of its $3 trillion budget in eco-aligned recovery projects that would see Europe become the first climate-neutral continent by mid-century. Europe’s new target is to cut its CO2 emissions by 2030 by at least 55 per cent from 1990 levels, lifting the target from 40 per cent.

Colin’s report finishes with New Zealand’s world-first legislation requiring its financial sector to report on climate risks alongside financial date.

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“When water becomes the same price as gold, the wealthy will always be able to afford it. But those people who are on the margins, less wealthy, who are working pay to pay and struggling to put food on the table, those are the people who are first affected by climate change. The people in my ward are such an important group of people, and I really want them to understand that I will represent them in Council. I will be a voice for them – to support everybody to get on board and make a change for the environment.”
~ Monique Connell, ‘Put Climate First’ candidate for the Windermere Ward at the Geelong Council elections


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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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Excerpt of the interview with Monique Connell in The Sustainable Hour no 333
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School strikes in Australia

This Friday 25 September 2020 is a national day of action protesting our government’s destructive obsession with gas, called by the school strikers.

Over 250 actions have been registered in towns and suburbs across Australia. Register on the map so politicians see how many actions are happening!

Here’s the starter pack from SS4C and here’s Extinction Rebellion’s Gas Campaign Pack.

There’s still time to plan something, could be as simple as making a sign and holding it somewhere public.



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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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