Interconnecting the web of activist communities

The Sustainable Hour no 368 is about the International Day of Action Against Fossil Fuels

Our guests in The Tunnel on 23 June 2021 are both going to be involved in the International Day of Action Against Fossil Fuels on Saturday 26 June 2021:

Jacynta Fuamatu is’s organiser for the Pacific islands. She is also a Pacific Climate Warrior and tells us what her work involves. Like many campaigns now, they are very very keen on connecting people across countries and what in the past have been cultural divides. In representing, in the very climate exposed Pacific Islands, she believes in working together to protect the atmosphere that we all share. She will be talking about how her country Samoa has been impacted by the emissions that come from burning what we now know to be toxic fossil fuels.

Following Jacynta, we have a return visit from Shaq Koyok, a Malaysian First Peoples climate activist and artist. Shaq, in his very pleasant matter of fact way, explains the impacts that fossil fuels are having on his country and especially his indigenous brothers and sisters. He leaves us with a strong sense of justice being denied to his people. We marvel at his courage. Despite the possibility of harsh treatments from the authorities in his country, he and his fellow activists continue to educate people about the dangers of the climate emergency we face and refuse to be quiet.

Shaq will also be one of the speakers at the International Day of Action Against Fossil Fuels on Saturday. The day will be a series of interviews, some live, some pre-recorded. It will start at 9am and finish at 8pm AEST. It has three aims:

To show the extent of the damage done by fossil fuel projects all over the world, to show the extent of the opposition to these projects, and to continue to support the connection of communities fighting fossil fuel projects.

→ You can register at:

Mik Aidt declares ‘preferably’ Weaselword of the Week and updates us on the number of people who are living in a local government area that has declared a climate emergency. He also sings the praises of Jeremy Lent’s latest book, ‘The Web of Meaning’, and plays an extract from a recent speech this author gave on social media.

Colin Mockett‘s Global Outlook this week begins at home in Victoria, with the good news that Chris Weeks – who was on our podcast three weeks ago – has passed his crowdfunding amount to buy a second-hand Suburu 4WD to report on and film climate activism right up and down Eastern Australia.
Still in Victorian, this is the last week of the financial year. Starting from 1 July 2021, the Victorian government’s subsidy for solar panels drops by $400 – but those who register before June 30 will still get the full amount, even if they are fitted after July.
And… The New South Wales government has shelved plans to adopt a version of Victoria’s tax on Electric Vehicles.
Then Colin zooms us to the west of USA, where just about the whole of that area is now experiencing the worst drought in history, with climate change blamed. There are extreme drought conditions in many of the Western states, with a swathe of other states experiencing heatwaves.
Then to Wales where the aftermath of last week’s G7 meeting saw most of the developed world signing for a 30-30 agreement committing nations to protecting 30% of the world’s land and 30% of its oceans by 2030.
Berlin has passed a new law requiring all new homes to be fitted with solar panels, and on Clean Air Day, 17 June 2021, Global Action Plan released data which showed over a quarter of all UK schools, are located in areas which are above World Health Organization (WHO) air pollution limits.
Back in the UK, the BBC’s chief environmental reporter predicted electric vehicles will take over the car market much sooner than most people think. The EV market, he says, is about where the Internet was in the early two-thousands: “Its growth was explosive and disruptive, crushing existing businesses – and that’s about to happen to the car market.
From Cambridge, Extinction Rebellion warned that there are still plenty of countries and companies around the world that are trying to increase their oil output by developing new projects or enlarging existing fields in a race before they are put out of business by the roll-out of renewables. These companies will do anything to delay their demise.

The Nationals’ new leader Barnaby Joice doesn’t want to live with the butterflies (quote: “If you’re going to live with the butterflies you’re going to die with the butterflies”), whereas the problem in Australian politics looks more like that if we are going to continue living with the dinosaurs we’re going to die with the dinosaurs. Which is why we invite you to join us in our call for an interconnected community revolution where we transform politics and society – and where we will succeed because we dare to actually be the difference.

“We are not drowning, we are fighting.”
~ Jacynta Fuamatu, Pacific Climate Warrior

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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?

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“Climate breakdown is intensifying rapidly and threatens to end the dream of a civil society. No matter what your cause is, you should also be a climate activist.”
~ Peter Kalmus, NASA climate scientist

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Saturday 19 June 2021 was a milestone on ABC News in Australia: In the program ABC News Regional, for the first time Australian viewers saw a weather report on climate as it can and should be done by a public broadcaster in 2021. Starts at 25:26.

Crushing climate impacts to hit sooner than feared: draft UN report

Climate change will fundamentally reshape life on Earth in the coming decades, even if humans can tame planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, according to a landmark draft report from the UN’s climate science advisors obtained by AFP.

Species extinction, more widespread disease, unliveable heat, ecosystem collapse, cities menaced by rising seas—these and other devastating climate impacts are accelerating and bound to become painfully obvious before a child born today turns 30.

The choices societies make now will determine whether our species thrives or simply survives as the 21st century unfolds, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says in a draft report seen exclusively by AFP.

But dangerous thresholds are closer than once thought, and dire consequences stemming from decades of unbridled carbon pollution are unavoidable in the short term.

“The worst is yet to come, affecting our children’s and grandchildren’s lives much more than our own,” the report says.

By far the most comprehensive catalogue ever assembled of how climate change is upending our world, the report reads like a 4,000-page indictment of humanity’s stewardship of the planet.

→ CNN – 18 June 2021:
The amount of heat the Earth traps has doubled in just 15 years, study shows
“Trapped heat — which leads to climate change — has increased remarkably since 2005, according to an alarming new study.”

→ The Guardian – 18 June 2021:
Earth is trapping ‘unprecedented’ amount of heat, Nasa says
“Scientists from agency and Noaa say Earth’s ‘energy imbalance’ roughly doubled from 2005 to 2019 in ‘alarming’ way”

Jeremy Lent: The Web of Meaning: trailer

Jeremy Lent’s new book, The Web of Meaning, (released in the UK on 17 June 2021) lays out a worldview of deep interconnectedness that could redirect our civilization to a path of full flourishing.

UK prime minister Boris Johnson talks of a Green Industrial Revolution, while Aussie PM Scott Morrison adds the word
‘preferably’ to Johnson’s statement that Australia will reach its net zero carbon target by 2050.

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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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