#FindYourRole: Frontline journalism meets mindfulness

The Sustainable Hour no 365

In #TheTunnel on 2 June 2021 we have two guests:

[11:25] Mindfulness coach Lise Saugeres tells about her personal experience with depression and when she found the practice called mindfulness so helpful in dealing with this, she decided to devote the rest of her life to bring this healing practice to others. She soon found that she could turn this into an occupation of running courses that could sustain her. Her next course will an eight-week online mindfulness course, ‘Mindfulness in Everyday Life’ via Zoom every Monday starting 21 June 2021 with a free online information session for the course on 7 June.

[29:20] Our second guest this week is Crusty from Manic Seeds Media, a long time social justice and environmental journalist and filmmaker as well as a staunch climate activist who in his travels from campaign to campaign all over Australia saw a real gap in getting messages out to the Australians about what was really happening in blockades and action that often take place in isolated areas.

Crusty found that the mainstream media couldn’t be relied on not to distort the reporting and decided to create it himself while teaching other activists to do the same. More than 100 short films and a feature film of a Tasmanian forest campaign have resulted. For the last six years he has travelled all over the country in a very cheap car that just can’t be coaxed to the next campaign. Not to be deterred, he has started a crowd funder. He is already almost half way to his $5,000 target.

If you’d like to contribute to keeping Crusty reporting the truth from blockades all over Australia, go to www.tinyurl.com/frontlinemedia

[03:25] Colin Mocket‘s Global Outlook demonstrated that the climate change pendulum has swung in favour of us and our precious planet. The Dutch court ruling that multinational oil giant Shell must reduce its emissions by 45 per cent by 2030 was grouped with the news from the United States that shareholders in another oil multinational, Exxon, appointed two environmental activist-nominated directors to the board. At a third oil company, Chevron, investors voted in favour of a proposal to cut its total greenhouse gas emissions, including customers’ emissions. These, along with the Australian Federal Court decision to support school students action tasking Environment Minister Sussan Ley to consider their future when making decisions affecting climate change, such as allowing new coal mines to be opened, means that the environmentalists now have society’s backing and the polluters are on the back foot.

Meanwhile in Washington, president Joe Biden announced a budget where $6 trillion will be raised for health care, education and climate change packages by taxing the company’s rich-list and biggest corporations.

In China’s Shenzhen city, on the Pearl River delta in southern province of Guangdong, the city of 12 million has made a wholesale conversion to electric transportation, with 16,000 electric buses and 22,000 electric taxis. One of the challenges of electric buses and taxis is charging time. For instance, it takes about two hours to charge a taxi. In an effort to solve the problem with down time for the drivers, the company provides cafés, dining areas, a gym, and a place to get a health checkup while their vehicles charge.

Meanwhile in Turkey, fishermen in the Sea of Marmara have had a big problem: they can’t catch fish because a thick, viscous substance known colloquially as ‘sea snot’ is floating on the water’s surface, clogging up their nets and raising doubts about whether fish found in the inland sea are safe to eat. Scientists say the mucus isn’t a new phenomenon, but rising water temperatures caused by global warming are making it worse. Pollution – including agricultural and raw sewage runoff – is also to blame.

And finally, a report from the United Kingdom’s Energy & Climate Institute and Oxford Net Zero has found that 21 per cent of the world’s largest companies have now set net zero carbon commitments. The majority have also have set interim targets.

Meanwhile in Oz, our Federal government is painting itself into a corner and it’s hard to imagine how they will be able to survive the pressure that is bearing down on them both internationally and internally. But are we ready for the election which we know will be coming soon?

To make ourselves useful in the climate emergency, the first thing each one of us need to do is find our role: focus on that one thing you know you do well and which you are passionate about. Then, come together with others who’ve found their roles and collaborate.

In The Sustainable Hour, we are firm believers of the value of connecting people and their work. It has happened so many times. As we closed the show today, Lise and Crusty made arrangements to connect after the show. Crusty lamented the incidence of burnout in activists and suggested after hearing Lise speak that her skills would be invaluable for people working for a better world. Off they went. Two climate revolutionaries connecting for mutual benefits. We’ll report on what eventuates while we wish both of them the very best in their work. Until next week, how will you be a climate revolutionary?

In recognition of ReconciliAction Week, we end the hour with a speech by Dixon Patten as he addressed the AFL Group and Collingwood players on 26 May 2021 before their indigenous round game. Dixon Patten is a First Nations professional artist who designed their jumper for this round. 

“Emotionally, really, it’s just about the community, the people next to me, and knowing that we have each other’s backs. There are really incredible people you meet when you go out blockading, some of the finest people you’ll meet. I take a great deal of inspiration out of the fact that our First Nations people have been fighting for a hell of a lot longer than I have and to have the privilege to speak with and work with as much mob as I have, I find hugely inspiring.”
~ Crusty, Manic Seeds Media


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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 the climate emergency 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?

National Reconciliation Week 

This year’s theme of National Reconciliation week, “More than a word. Reconciliation takes action”, acknowledges the need for braver and more impactful actions from allies to achieve reconciliation. If you’re not sure where to start, check out these 20 actions from Reconciliation Australia.

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Court after court now rules that our current climate laws are insufficient: They violate human rights
and unfairly burden the youth and future generations. Read Mik’s blogpost: Climate rights

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Chris Weeks’ fundraiser

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Yirrmal: The Bridge

The Bridge on Youtube

Yes we all need hope

Yes we all need hope on Youtube

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Mindfulness in nature

This 4-week online course that starts on Tuesday, Mindfulness in Nature: Cultivating Embodied Awareness. The online course is led by The Nature Summit co-founder and co-host Mark Coleman.

This 4-week interactive course includes hi-def recorded video lessons, mindfulness exercises, assignments from Mark, a community forum for connecting with your international course-mates…

Plus weekly LIVE, interactive Q&A sessions, where Mark will offer personalized support and guidance.

Here’s the journey you’ll take through the four weeks…

Week 1: Coming to Our Senses
Week 2: Exploring Our Elemental Nature
Week 3: Enjoying Awe & Wonder
Week 4. Protecting What We Love

Intimacy with nature can help us to feel more alive, connected, joyful, and loving… and that’s the goal of this new course. 

We hope you’ll join us beginning on Tuesday. You can register here.

Mark Coleman & Eric Forbis
The Nature Summit Co-Founders,
West Hollywood, California, USA

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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 can add your name

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