Change of mindset to take Geelong forward

While our Hiatus in the Tunnel continues, on 14 October 2020, we focus on a panel of three giving their views on what a ‘Clever & Creative’ Geelong needs to do to transition to a post-Covid and post-carbon world. Our panelists, in order of appearance, are:

Tom O’Connor, a candidate standing for the Bellarine Ward as well

Stephanie Asher, City of Greater Geelong Mayor in caretaker mode and now a candidate standing for City of Greater Geelong’s Bellarine Ward in the local government election

Carl Obst, director of IDEEA Group, the Institute for Development of Environmental-Economic Accounting

Colin Mocket’s global roundup begins with the ongoing US wildfires, now in their third month with the smoke reaching as far as Europe. Californian governor Gavin Newcomb is quoted: “It only underscores our urgency to address head on the issue of climate and climate change, and to double down on our efforts here in California.” Meanwhile in London, the Energy Transitions Commission announced its seven key priorities for a Covid recovery, all of which are angled toward climate change with the top one being ‘Unleash massive investment in renewable power systems’. And finally, back home, the Top 40 list of tax-dodging companies was released with ExxonMobil Australia again topping the list. The company has had an income of $42.3 billion over the past five years in Australia, but, through a complicated avoidance structure, it has paid no tax during that time.

If you haven’t already, it’s time to #VoteTheDifference


“We need to recast the environmental and social discussion into the finance and economic mindset which is dominating the decisionmaking.”
~ Carl Obst, director, IDEEA Group


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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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[ Global outlook ]
Danish government to #putclimatefirst in every decision:

Carbon emissions must now be taken into account in all parliamentary bills and political proposals

An inspirational initiative for governments at all level around the planet: Just as one counts on the socio-economic costs of bills and proposals, the government will now count the climate impact and thereby streamline the green thinking in all ministries.

Policy proposals with a climate impact above a certain level must be discussed in the government’s new Green Committee.

Climate Minister Dan Jørgensen (Social Democrats) is now following up on Minister of Finance Nicolai Wammen’s announcement on Friday of new socio-economic climate calculations with a guide on how all relevant bills and major political initiatives from now on must also be assessed for their climate impact, reported the Danish newspaper Information.

“When we make policy in Denmark, we must fundamentally take the environment, climate and nature into account in a way that has not been done before,” said Dan Jørgensen, who today will be publishing his new Guide on assessing consequences for climate, environment and nature.

“For decades, we have been really good at counting on all the economic dimensions of what we do, and that also makes sense, but now it is being supplemented with a much better decision-making based on its environmental impact,” he said.



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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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