Counter business as usual

The Sustainable Hour no 342

In The Tunnel on 25 November 2020, we have three guests, all doing very much different things, but all with the same aim: The aim of being active participants in solutions to the chaotic place where business-as-usual will take us.

Anisa Rogers has been very active over the last few weeks organising an outstanding online forum that is running counter to the International Mining & Resources Conference, IMARC. The conference runs in Melbourne each year at this time. This year, while in their hiatus, Anisa and others from Front Line Action on Coal (FLAC) decided to run ‘Blockade IMARC’ via Zoom. The incredible fruits of their efforts will be rolled out till this coming Sunday 29 November. To see their program, go to

Carina Mammone from Tomorrow Movement co-founded this group with the aim of creating an unstoppable movement of young people fighting for a society with good healthy jobs, great public services with safety nets and a safe climate for all.

Saimon Boyle from Urban Farm and House tells us of the risk he took in leaving his stable, but unfulfilling job a couple of years ago and starting his own business. A risk he has no regrets about as his business grows.

We start the hour with a recording from the Japanese Parliament on 19 November, where the Japanese minister for the environment, Koizumi, said: “The world is facing a climate emergency”, and had the entire hall of parliamentarians stand up up in acknowledgement of his proposal that Japan – the world’s third largest economy – declares a climate emergency and now will “radically strengthen its efforts toward the realisation of a carbon-free society – as soon as possible.”

Colin Mockett‘s Global Outlook has a number of examples of extreme weather events that haven’t been mentioned on our mainstream media: Out of control fires since July in South America, a cyclone in Honduras with multiple deaths, extreme record breaking heat in our country and extreme fossil fuel driven air pollution in India.

To counterbalance these negatives he tells us of energy requirement laws brought in by San Francisco’s local government authority as well as England’s conservative leader Boris Johnson’s exciting 10 point plan to counter the climate crisis we all face. The big question he leaves us with is: When will our LNP government come up with a similar plan?

Till we return next Wednesday: Live the difference!

“By 2050 Australia will experience economic losses on par with COVID every single year if we don’t address climate change. That would compromise the economic future of all future generations of Australians.”
~ Pradeep Philip, Deloitte’s principal report author

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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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Japan declares

→ Reuters – 19 November 2020:
Japan lawmakers declare climate emergency after government sets zero emissions goal

→ Read more about why we are in a climate emergency in the report ‘Climate Reality Check’, which lays out the worsening climate reality, and urgency for action

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The Tomorrow Movement

“An unstoppable movement of young people fighting for a society with good jobs, great public services and a safe climate for all.”


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Australian Climate Dividend

The Australian Climate Dividend Plan involves a tax of A$50 per metric ton of CO2 emissions on electricity, direct combustion, transport, fugitive emissions, and industrial processes. The revenue generated would then be returned, evenly, to every voting-age Australian citizen. This would represent a tax-free payment of approximately $1,300 per person per annum.

Prices on petrol, oil and gas would go up, but the average Australian household is estimated to be $585 per annum better off even so.

The lowest income-quintile households would be $1,305 per annum better off.

Read the report and see if you agree that this sounds like such a no-brainer. With the purpose of making ideas like this one into law, now is the time to get into politics.

Get the report and show it to everyone you know in politics!

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Events we have talked about in The Sustainable Hour

Saturday 28 November: Protect our Future Not Gas
Website to register on
Facebook event page

Sunday 29 November: Victoria’s long awaited emission targets will be set in December. Strong targets are vital. A day of virtual action is happening on Sunday. Facebook event pageRead more

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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