Paving the way to climate leadership

Two inspirational women are paving the way: Belinda Moloney and Emma Pocock

Our guests in the Tunnel on 18 November 2020 are two extraordinary climate leaders who are paving the way out of that corner which our federal government has painted itself and everyone else in this country into – by its unwillingness to take the climate emergency seriously and set appropriate targets.

We find out what motivated successful ‘Put Climate First’ candidate Belinda Moloney to stand in the recent City of Greater Geelong elections, and what her plans are now that she is Councillor Moloney, one of three representatives for Kardinia Ward. We hear of her gratitude to the people who voted for her, the responsibility she feels for their faith in her, who she intends to stay connected with them, as well as what she hopes to be able to achieve while on council.

And we talk with Emma Pocock, the founder of FrontRunners. Emma is the next in our series of interviews on the influence that climate-concerned elite sportspeople can have in our sports-crazy country. Emma’s climate-concern is such that she founded the organisation to educate and inspire both athletes and sporting bodies alike about the impact that climate disruption will have on that industry, how we can all become ‘front runners’ creating climate solutions, as well as the wisdom for them in making allowances for all of this in their planning.

Colin Mockett starts his Global Outlook with a quiz with an unexpected answer. This leads into a chat about our country’s lack of willingness to take climate change seriously. He takes a look at the emission reduction targets by 2050-2060 that all five of our main trading countries have set and how Australia’s unwillingness to set our own targets will isolate us both economically and morally.

Finally we zoom back to Australia and hear what two major companies are doing to accept responsibility for their contribution to the climate crisis we face. Yet another stark contrast to our Federal Government.

That’s it for another episode of The Sustainable Hour – we look forward to being back with you all next Wednesday, and until then we’ll be doing our best to ‘live the change’ – and we encourage you to do the same. Live the difference!

“The thing that I keep thinking about is that professional sport will probably be able to stomach the costs in adapting to the kind of scenarios we are looking at in the future, but for community sport, for school sport, for kids playing on the weekend, these changes will be harder and harder to adapt to. As an industry, how do we mobilise to do our bit to make sure that sport continues?”
~ Emma Pocock, founder of FrontRunners

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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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Cr Belinda Moloney
Cr Belinda Moloney in The Sustainable Hour on 18 November 2020

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Emma Pocock
Emma Pocock in The Sustainable Hour on 18 November 2020

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…to which the American senator Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez retweeted and received 400,000 likes: “I’m willing to hold you accountable for lying about climate change for 30 years when you secretly knew the entire time that fossil fuels emissions would destroy our planet.”

A group of English youth in the Extinction Rebellion movement replied, “We’re willing to shut you down before you murder any more environmentalists who get in the way of you extracting oil.”

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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.



List of petitions where you could add your name

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