Let’s change our practices and the way we do things

In The Sustainable Hour on 21 October 2020 we have two people closely associated with the making of the award-winning film ‘In My Blood It Runs‘: Traditional elder William Tilmouth, founder of the Children’s Ground and an advisor on the film, and the film’s director Maya Newell.

This film was 10 years in the making. This involved much yarning and letting go of colonising attitudes by the white film crew as they built trust with the First Nations community in Central Australia. It was very patient work that involved building trust and empowering an entire family to tell their story.

“It’s a contest of space between humanity and nature. Let’s give nature some space as well, because at the end of the day: We abuse it, it will spank us,” Tilmouth says. “Let’s change our practices and the way we do things.”

Colin Mockett begins his Global Outlook with a new report stating that global greenhouse-gas emissions are down 8.8 per cent due to worldwide Covid restrictions – but countered with the release of figures showing that global average temperatures in 2019 were 1.1 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and 2020 is set to mark the end of the hottest 5-year period on record.

There are positive signs following the election wins in New Zealand and the ACT – both of which winners were Labor-Green coalitions with strong emissions-reduction policies, and Denmark’s adoption of a policy that all future government policy decisions must take the impact on climate and environment on board. This is what ‘putting climate first in every decision’ looks like at a national level.

Colin rounds his outlook segment off with two newly-released UN reports, one stating that world-wide coal-fired energy production is in sharp decline, and the other noting that climate change is responsible for a doubling of the numbers of natural disasters since 2000.

Until next week – don’t forget to vote before 6pm on this Friday 23 October when you can Vote the Difference if you haven’t already.

We start and end the hour with a quote – an unusually strong statement – from this speech by the United Nations’ Secretary-General Antonio Guterres:


“If we don’t act now, this century may be one of humanity’s last.”
~ Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General


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“We are told to make our children ready for school, but why can’t we make schools ready for our children?”
~ Margaret Kemarre Turner, Arrernte Elder, Children’s Ground director, Film Advisor

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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 Arctic is “unraveling” faster than scientists ever predicted, and if emissions remain on their current trajectory could warm by as much as 4 degress Celsius from pre-industrial levels by 2050. In a multimedia feature, The Guardian looks at just how damaging climate change is for this fragile ecosystem—and humanity’s opportunities to prevent further harm.

    Earlier this year, The Guardian looked at how the Alaskan Wildlife Refuge faces “death by drilling,” as the Trump administration opens up the land to oil and gas exploration.
  • In its annual report, the International Energy Agency says the world is on track for warming above the Paris Agreement’s most aggressive goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius, Bloomberg Green reports. To fix that, the agency says, governments and private industry will need to spend potentially trillions more than are already pledged, and people across the world—not just in developed countries and megacities—will need to adopt unprecedented behavioral changes.

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