Separated by borders – united in vision

The Sustainable Hour no 340 on 11 November 2020 prepares us for the National Day of Action against new fossil fuels which will be held on Saturday 28 November 2020.

We have the women from Friday’s For Future Online who are part of the organising committee for this important day. As well as being a day of protest, it is also a day to acknowledge and celebrate all the “ordinary” Aussies who day in day out are fighting for the fossil fuel age to end.

The idea for this National Day of Action #ProtectOurFutureNotFossilFuels arose when fracking permits were approved around Narrabri in New South Wales. This was in-spite of thousands of objections against it.

A local farmer, Margaret Fleck, was particularly incensed at this decision and, in true Aussie spirit reached out to her networks, to see what could be done about this injustice. Law student Sonya McKay from Newcastle and Hunter Valley knitting nanna loop Lynn Benn soon joined her. This built onto the momentum which started at an online rally on 5 October 2020 and has grown to such an extent that now there are at least 60 groups, which include thousands of determined Australians from all over the country wanting to be involved in actions during the day as well as the online forum that night.

In listening to these women, there is no underestimating the extent of their resolve to stop new fossil fuel projects no matter where they are.

Our other guest in The Tunnel today is ex-A League player and Perth resident Chris Harold. Chris continues our focus on the important role that climate concerned elite athletes have in using their position of privilege and influence to speak publicly about their concerns.

Chris, like our other guests today has well and truly answered the call to speak out and will no doubt continue to do so as he interacts with the A-League Players Association.

Colin Mockett has us zooming all over the planet as usual in his Global Outlook. The main focus is on the results of the US elections and what that means for the world. He also beams about the increased number of Greens candidates who were elected in the recent Victorian local government elections. Finally we hear some bad news for penguins and seals and their breeding grounds at South Georgia Island.

That’s it from The Tunnel as our Covid-hiatus gets ever closer to ending. Till next week – Live the difference!

“Just within a matter of days, we were able to have such a large amount of response to people not wanting a gas-led recovery, not wanting the Narrabri conditional approval and being really unhappy and angry about it.”
~ Sonya McKay, Fridays For Future Online

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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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Green wave sweeping across the world

“Joe Biden will be the 46th president of the USA. This is good news for the global green transition, as many voices have uttered during the past week. These voices include many Danish cleantech companies and green transition experts that are ready to support Biden’s ambitious climate plan. Most uplifting was Biden’s own tweet on 5 November: “Today, the Trump Administration officially left the Paris Climate Agreement. And in exactly 77 days, a Biden Administration will rejoin it.”

This message as well as recent climate announcements from China, Japan and Korea were also discussed at yesterday’s ‘Leading to COP26’ GREEN TALK organised by the Confederation of Danish Industry, the Danish Embassy in London and State of Green. Maybe you followed the livestream, maybe you didn’t. In any case, we encourage you to replay the GREEN TALK, which – among others – featured London’s Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, the UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change and the Danish Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities.

The green wave that is sweeping across the world naturally also includes the EU. According to a draft EU Commission strategy seen by Reuters, the EU is considering a plan to increase its offshore wind energy capacity five-fold this decade (from the current 12GW to 60GW) and 25-fold by 2050 (to 300GW). The draft also includes a goal of 60GW of wave and tidal energy by 2050. Denmark appears to take the lead in the European green electricity transition, according to a new analysis from think-tank Ember.

Apropos Europe, a new report shows that only one in four European cities have any climate adaptation plan for climate changes. That’s right: 75 per cent of all European cities have no climate adaptation plans as we speak. Many cities, though, including Copenhagen, are implementing innovative and effective climate adaptation measures these years. Get inspiration in our “Water for Smart Liveable Cities” white paper.

Excerpt of a newsletter from State of Green in Denmark


Take action this December

“Our new freedom has returned our voice. Let’s use it.

Take action with us on 12 December.

Our actions will land on the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement. A collection of weak non-binding targets which ensure a difficult and dangerous world at a minimum. Not good enough.

But still too ambitious for our government.

Emerging from a global health crisis, their gas-led recovery will condemn us to the unending and escalating crises of an unstable climate and rapidly collapsing ecosystems.

Another world is possible.

We can help build a world that centers justice and care, for each other and for the planet.

Non-violent civil disobedience is the circuit breaker we need to step towards that world.

Take the pledge

Join us on Saturday 12 December in Melbourne.

We’ve planned a range of COVID-safe actions to choose from – bike swarms, arts stall, a flotilla on the Yarra and road blocks – plenty of roles across them. Or plan your own!

Get more info here.

Love and Rage” ✊

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A world on fire

By Bert Wander, Avaaz

In the past few months, Australia, the Amazon and the US have been engulfed in wildfires so big you could see them from space. Meanwhile, wildlife is being wiped out — scientists say that populations of wild animals have crashed by almost 70% in the past 50 years.

It’s terrifying — our planet hasn’t seen anything like it for millions of years. But this nightmare could prompt a crucial step for humanity — a shift to living in harmony with nature.

With Trump gone, and major global decisions around the corner, we can start right now!

Avaaz has put together a year-long action plan to save life on Earth, to make real progress on tackling the twin threats of the climate change and extinction crises, and save life on Earth.

Here’s what we’ll do:

Get President Biden to deliver on his promise to rejoin the Paris deal, and launch a Green New Deal;

Push major countries to back 100% clean energy before next year’s crucial UN climate summit;

Go all-out to win our science-backed plan to protect half the planet at a critical world biodiversity summit;

Continue to support inspiring youth and indigenous leaders defending our planet.

Urgently needed action on climate and extinction has already been delayed because of Covid, and we don’t have any time to lose. For this to work, we need to get started right now, and keep our support going through the year.

Earth can’t wait any more. We’re living through the hottest years on record. A million species face extinction, and half the world’s forests are gone. The corals are bleaching, the wetlands drying, and seas are falling silent. This great temple of life is collapsing before our eyes.

But it’s not too late.

Renewable energy is shattering records — and now the global pandemic has shown that huge, systemic changes can be quicker and far more profound than anyone hoped. All that’s missing is the political will to do it — and that’s exactly what Avaaz was created for.

More information:

Mass Extinctions Are Accelerating, Scientists Report (New York Times)

Alarm as Arctic sea ice not yet freezing at latest date on record (The Guardian)

The 2010s were a lost decade for climate. We can’t afford a repeat, scientists warn (Washington Post)

Avaaz is a 60-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people shape global decision-making. (“Avaaz” means “voice” or “song” in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages.

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By Nathan Taft,

I’m just going to come out and say it: what humanity does this decade will decide the future of our planet. Every day, our window to properly address climate change is shrinking. Every day, the health and safety of communities are at further risk from fossil fuels. But let’s be perfectly clear – we can avert the worst of these crises. We can end our dependence on fossil fuels and build a just, clean energy economy. The only question is whether or not we will.

I believe that we will win. We have the ingenuity, technology, and passion. What we’ve needed is a way to unite efforts to protect our communities with efforts to protect climate into one global movement.

Enter the dynamic duo of the SAFE Cities movement and the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.

All around us, on virtually every continent around the globe, people are taking action. From Canada to California from Boulder to Baltimore from the Amazon Sacred Headwaters to the Rhineland from Capetown to Singapore – and beyond – communities are fighting fossil fuel projects: and more often than not, they’re winning. The SAFE Cities movement is connecting these neighbors, local groups, elected officials, and government staff who are taking concrete and lasting action to protect community health and safety and address the climate crisis.

At the same time the FFNPT has been endorsed by hundreds of organizations collectively representing tens of millions of people, and is gaining traction within the halls of the United Nations. The Treaty is aiming to end the exploration for new fossil fuels, phase out existing production in line with a 1.5ºC scenario, and implement a just transition for every worker, community and country.

Taken together, these two efforts have the potential to address the community and global impacts of fossil fuels with the urgency and the scale necessary.

Can we count on you to endorse these efforts and stay ready for opportunities to take action moving forward? It’s going to take all of us.


As someone who works these issues every single day, I’ll be the first to admit that the challenges posed by the climate crisis and fossil fuels may seem daunting. We’re going up against the most powerful, well-funded industry in the world, and the window we have to properly address climate change is shrinking everyday.

And yet – I’m hopeful. The movement to phase out fossil fuels has never been more powerful and transformative. System-wide change is within our reach.

Right now, we have a unique opportunity. Increasing numbers of decision-makers are realizing that investments in clean energy will help their constituents recover from the current economic crisis, while tackling environmental racism and saving lives. This is because one of the best ways to protect people from the toxic air pollution that’s disproportionately killing Black, Indigenous, brown, and poor people – and making them more vulnerable to COVID – is to phase out fossil fuels.

If enough communities pass SAFE policies, we could stop all new oil, gas and coal expansion in its tracks globally – and give ourselves the best possible chance of keeping temperature rise below 1.5° while building a more resilient, equitable future, and securing the health of our communities.

Pair this with a global Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty and Green New Deal style programs wherever we can get them, and our world and our communities and our families will have a fighting chance.

But none of this will magically happen. It’s going to take all of us rolling up our sleeves and doing the hard work necessary to make our leaders understand what’s at stake. We have to let them know that we won’t accept anything less than what’s needed to defeat climate change and protect our communities from fossil fuel pollution. We have to organize and fight like our lives depend on it – because they do.

I’m writing to you today to ask you to endorse and join this global movement that is tackling the climate crisis at the scale and urgency we need. Will you stand with us?

We’ve known from the beginning that this fight to shift our energy systems and quite literally save the planet was going to be difficult. We’ve known that at times victory was going to seem impossible. But we’ve proved people wrong and done the impossible before.

Together, the community has protected millions of acres of forests that people thought couldn’t be saved. We’ve gone up against multinational oil, gas, and coal companies worth billions of dollars and come out victorious, blocking dozens of their projects that would have poisoned local communities and accelerated the climate crisis. We’ve shifted billions of dollars of purchasing from corporate powerhouses like Starbucks, Staples, and Levi’s onto sustainable pathways.

Our team is fewer than 50 people, but together this community is more than 450,000 people strong and growing – and we’re using our collective power to fight climate change, protect wild spaces, stand with impacted communities, and say no to new fossil fuels.

In solidarity and hope,
Nathan Taft
Senior SAFE Cities Campaigner challenges corporations, industries, and governments to prioritize the well-being of people, our environment, and our climate by creating long-term, effective solutions. None of this work is possible without your support. Donate  


“Net zero by 2050 is giving up”

“CSIRO and BOM will be releasing their biennial state of the environment report this month which indicates that if we aim for the Paris agreement targets and meet them, we’re still looking at 4.4 degrees warming in Australia by 2100. Net zero by 2050 is giving up. XR should also be loudly opposing Zali Steggal’s Bill and seeking to convince other climate groups on this question. If the approach is “something is better than nothing” and we ignore the science then we may as well enjoy the time we’ve got left and accept we’re on the path to total ecocide and it will be here in our children’s/grand children’s life times.”
~ Sarah Hathway

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Fight this war

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“The change starts within you”

“It is business as usual that is doing us in.”

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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.



List of petitions where you could add your name

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