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By Anthony Gleeson, Colin Mockett & Mik Aidt: The Sustainable Hour is a weekly podcast from Geelong, Australia, out at 11am on Wednesdays - for a green, clean, sustainable Geelong. We talk about how we make our houses and apartments, gardens and streets, our city, neighbourhood or village greener, cleaner, more beautiful, nicer to live in, healthier, more economical, connected and resilient while having fun with it too. Edited by Jackie Matthews, Available in iTunes and Stitcher. More on https://www.podcast.climatesafety.info

The Sustainable Hour Anthony Gleeson, Colin Mockett, Mik Aidt

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By Anthony Gleeson, Colin Mockett & Mik Aidt: The Sustainable Hour is a weekly podcast from Geelong, Australia, out at 11am on Wednesdays - for a green, clean, sustainable Geelong. We talk about how we make our houses and apartments, gardens and streets, our city, neighbourhood or village greener, cleaner, more beautiful, nicer to live in, healthier, more economical, connected and resilient while having fun with it too. Edited by Jackie Matthews, Available in iTunes and Stitcher. More on https://www.podcast.climatesafety.info

    Songs for the climate revolution of 2022

    Songs for the climate revolution of 2022

    The Sustainable Hour no 396

    For a productive and happy 2022 of climate action, full of results and achievements: We play some of the best new climate songs we aired in The Sustainable Hour during 2021, along with three good old ‘enviro-classics’ and a couple of completely fresh ones. Presented by Anthony Gleeson, Colin Mockett and Mik Aidt.


    The 1975: ‘Time To Rebel’Midnight Oil: ‘Rising Seas’ Oscar Stembridge: ‘We March’Oscar Stembridge: ‘Don’t Lie To Me’Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi: ‘Just Look Up’Johnny Cash: ‘Don’t Go Near The Water’Peter Gabriel: ‘Here Comes the Flood’Frank Jones and Stephen Blackburn: ‘Greta and the Ordinary Bloke’Sam and Danny Noonan, Extinction Rebellion Victoria: ‘It Isn’t Nice’Marvin Gaye: ‘Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)’Lula Wiles: ‘Shaking it as it turns’OneMoreSong: ‘Climate Change Song (The Time is Now)’Scott, Gabbi Bolt and Emerson Brophy: ‘Don’t Trust Australia (A climate change anthem)’Julia Stone: a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?

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    Save the planet? Preschoolers are ready!

    Save the planet? Preschoolers are ready!

    Our first guest in The Sustainable Hour no. 395 on 29 December 2021 is agricultural economist Jim Crosthwaite. Jim has devoted a great amount of time this year researching the economics of fossil gas. He gives us insight to these findings. More can be found at Jim Crosthwaite scribblings.

    Jim warns us about the greenwashing that so often accompanies statements from fossil fuel companies and has some suggestions on how communities and climate groups can collaborate to counteract it. A good example of this that he refers to is the Gas Free Victoria Statement. There is a need for a deeper level of knowledge about what governments and industry is doing and planning, and Jim calls for the establishment of a Research Team with members from the various climate activist groups which are involved in the anti-gas campaigning.

    Our other guests are from Kardinia International College Preschool. That’s right, they are four and five years old. Supported by their teachers, Jennifer Gardner, Belinda Russell and Sally Shying, they proudly tell us what they have achieved during the year.

    It’s hard not to be impacted emotionally by listening to students of such tender years displaying such commitment to “saving the world”. They proudly tell us how they have changed things in their school as part of their classes. We also hear them sing their rubbish rap and find out about their tooth brush drive.

    We spoke with the Kardinia preschoolers in November and were so impressed by their commitment and enthusiasm that we decided to keep the recording for our last show of the year. We are really pleased to have made this contact with Kardinia and will follow it up in future shows.

    We have committed to contacting the appropriate United Nations and government departments to see if they can use the Kardinia preschoolers as a case study to empower other preschools all over the world.

    Colin Mockett‘s Global Outlook is a new combined report from four groups: Climate Action Tracker, ClimateWorks Foundation, Bezos Earth Fund and World Resources Institute. They’ve pulled together threads from COP26 in Glasgow and concluded that to restrict global warming to the agreed 1.5° degree target, then rapid, far-reaching transformations must occur across every sector in the developed world.

    In short, we will need to change how we power our homes and businesses, how we transport people and goods, grow our food, construct buildings, protect our forests and much more, bringing change and improvements to our diets, how we shop and live.

    Andrew Steer, President and CEO of Bezos Earth Fund, said: “This report gives a clear-eyed view of the accelerated level of action needed this decade and beyond to keep the 1.5° degrees goal within reach.”

    “The good news is that 2021 saw notable progress across some sectors and there is reason to believe a number of clean technologies may be on the cusp of rapid, widespread adoption. For instance, wind and solar power, as well as electric vehicles, have already begun being adopted at exponential rates.”

    Globally the share of electricity generated from solar and wind has grown at an annual rate of 15 per cent over the last five years, and building new solar and wind energy capacity is now more cost-effective than generating electricity from exis...

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    Community action through deep listening

    Community action through deep listening

    In The Sustainable Hour no. 394 on 22 December 2021 we host Community Consensus Institute‘s pair in Cindy Eiritz and Mark Spain.

    This institute is an American initiative, but they are both based in Australia. Cindy and Mark speak very enthusiastically about the unique nature of a course they will be running in 2022. The institute’s latest course reportedly had a wonderfully successful start. It is based around the questions they ask. The participants are working with real live big system challenges in communities and landscapes around the world, especially USA and Australia. After the first workshop some participants helped Jeff co-facilitate a challenging 170 person online conversation exploring how to fix the broken water cycle in a one day gathering called “Dirt on Snow” with people affected in the Colorado and Rio Grand River catchments.A key feature of their course is Dadirri – a program of ‘deep listening’ initiated by this year’s Senior Australian of the year Aunty Miriam-Rose. In closing Cindy refers to another of her focus areas in regenerative farming. She refers us to the amazing Andre Pradesh people.

    You can read more information about the institute’s 11-month program here. Ticket sales are now closed but you can pro-rata your payment by contacting Jeff Goebel. If you are interested in attending the Consensus Institute course, they suggest the following:

    1. Contact Jeff Goebel at goebel@aboutlistening.com2. Attend a three-hour introductory session in mid January 2022.3. Listen to Bob Chadwick describe the power of this process to know what skills you will be learning.

    They still have five places available. The workshop starts in early February 2022. They are keen for others to join them, and they have concession rates if full payment isn’t available. Learn more about it on the Consensus Institute website. 

    → Online Consensus Institute – 1 year, 11 modules: Are you ready to go deeper for 100% agreement and harmony to build a better future with energy and intent?

    We start off the hour by reflecting on slowing down and getting together for Christmas and getting the lowdown on the part that Tony played last week in a protest blocking the exit gate of Exxon Mobil’s fuel distribution in Yarraville. During the hour we also play Keb Mo’s song ‘Put a Woman in Charge’ and the latest satire-wonder from The Juice Media: an a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnzaiYrvvrw" data-type="URL" data-id="https://ww...

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    Zero Climate Action

    Zero Climate Action

    We have two guests in The Sustainable Hour no. 393 on 15 December 2021:

    Dan Ilic is an Aussie comedian, podcaster and billboard fundraiser – and now also a political satire pamphlet-creator in his bedroom. Dan talks about his activism which started around 10 years ago with a podcast called ‘A Rational Fear’. More recently he has gained international attention by crowdfunding for billboards mainly aimed at our federal politicians and their attempts to greenwash and make us believe that they are doing enough on climate. This started in an attempt to embarrass them, especially our Prime Minister, in the lead up to and during COP26 in Glasgow.

    Professor Stephen Bygrave is a member of the Australian National University’s new Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions. What an exciting position to have at this time. When we learn of Stephen’s work history from academia to head of Beyond Zero Emissions, to the head of government departments in both ACT and New South Wales, it’s easy to understand why he is involved in this new initiative back in academia at ANU.

    Mik Aidt starts us off today talking about a global organisation named Avaaz which over the years has gathered 70 million members world wide to sign on to various petitions around real action on climate. He reports that in their latest newsletter they comment on a team from Harvard University who have established a ‘golden rule’ as to the percentage of people who need to be actively involved in a campaign to bring about the change which the campaign is calling for. Very strikingly, he then translates this to the number of people needed for this happen in Geelong and makes it sound very do-able.

    Mik then takes us to ExxonMobil’s fuel distribution centre in Yarraville where two Extinction Rebellion activists have locked onto a barrel filled with concrete. They are supported by many others who are singing, holding banners and signs, chanting and generally shining a light on this huge fossil fuel company who have been doing everything in their power for over 50 years to ignore what their own scientists were telling them about the climate-destructive nature of their products. The wording on the barrel says it all: ‘Climate Criminals – Exxon Kills’. We then find out why Tony Gleeson is absent today as Mik is able to interview him with his right hand firmly attached to a pin in the centre of a pipe inserted into the barrel. On the other side of the barrel is fellow staunch Extinction Rebellion Westside activist Brad.

    Colin Mockett’s Global Outlook this week begins with a real global impetus from the activist group Avaaz urging everyone in the world to sign a petition to prosecute Brazilian president Bolsanaro in the international criminal court for sabotaging our world environment by his backing of industrial logging of the Amazon basin. You can sign the petition by logging on to: www.avaaz.orgHe then zooms us to the United Kingdom with a suitably festive item, where a coalition of 25 breweries have joined together to accelerate action on climate change. They have also proposed a strategy to reduce food waste, which they name as one of the fastest and most equitable measures to tackle the climate crisis. Apart from elimination strategies in breweries and beer outlets, they have developed a limited-edition collection of beers that uses surplus bread to prevent waste and reduce demand for natural resources.

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    Award season highlights climate solutions

    Award season highlights climate solutions

    The Sustainable Hour no 392

    In October, Alan Taylor, a climate coach for the international health care company BUPA, told us about an in-house sustainability competition that he had been engaged to coach the Aussie teams. He then committed to coming back on the show to let us know how it all went.

    Today is that day. Alan is back speaking very enthusiastically about what this competition threw up. We learn how BUPA staff who were involved in sustainability startups were given some financial incentives to help them out. An Aussie team ended up doing well. They came equal second in a very high quality field. The judges were so impressed that they were awarded $185,000 to progress their work. We’ll get Alan back again next year to update us on how BUPA’s 2022 Global Eco-Disruption Competition pans out.

    For those who want to know more about the competition and BUPA’s work in this space, here are links to the Overall Program Wrap-Up, the Australian Country Final outcomes, and to the winners: Circoolar from Spain, Airseed from Australia and Upcycled Medical from the United Kingdom.

    We start today’s show with discussions based on clips focusing on good news from both the City of Greater Geelong Council and the Australian Labor Party. Contrary to the narrative of the Liberal-national government over the last decade, Labor finally broke the news to the Australian people that renewables will give them cheaper, not more expensive, electricity. And Geelong can now call itself Victoria’s Sustainable City of the Year.

    New figures reveal record wind and solar output, and record-low output from fossil fuel generators across the September quarter. As a result, electricity prices are falling in South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria – where solar and wind resources are abundant – but rising in coal-reliant New South Wales and Queensland.

    Mik Aidt then reports on a twitter post which really exposes the reality of the world wide amount of money that is devoted to subsidies for fossil fuel companies. Air pollution, caused by the burning of oil,

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    Heading for ecological economy and Lore Enforcement

    Heading for ecological economy and Lore Enforcement

    The Sustainable Hour no 391

    Our guests on 1 December 2021 are:

    [09:24] Bruce Shillingsworth first came to our notice in October 2019 on ABC’s Q&A where he gave an impassioned tirade from the audience of the complete mismanagement of the Murray Darling River system soon after a devastating fish kill there. Today he shows he hasn’t lost any passion or determination to get true justice for his people. He lists the litany of injustices that First Peoples are subjected to each and every day. We soon learn that he is determined to be an active participant in righting these wrongs. We also learn of his firm belief in his First Nations being at the centre of discussions around their future. Bruce isn’t afraid to talk strongly to power, but when we hear about his work with a new visionary project called Lore Enforcement we can see that he isn’t afraid to ‘walk his talk’. More details of this visionary project can be found here.

    [23:52] Gabrielle Bond and Steven Hail work together with a world-wide network of people on Modern Monetary Theory. They have two projects intriguingly called Modern Money Lab and Sustainable Prosperity Action Group. They give us a well thought and logical explanation of why our current economic system has way too much collateral damage in terms of damage to both people and our environment, and how the new monetary system they are developing gives much fairer outcomes for everyone with none of the damage. We’ll be hearing more about Modern Monetary Theory as we navigate our way to a post carbon world. If you want to know more about Modern Money Lab, go to www.modernmoneylab.org.au, and you find the Sustainable Prosperity Action Group here: www.sustainable-prosperity.net.auGabie and Steven will be part of a two-day seminar in Melbourne during the first weekend in February next year. Places are going fast, but if you get in quick, you’ll get in. Here’s some info on the seminar and how to register for this inexpensive event.

    [02:42] Colin Mockett‘s Global Outlook starts us out this week in the United Kingdom where they announced that from 1 October 2024, Great Britain will no longer use coal to generate electricity, a year earlier than planned. The move is part of ambitious government commitments to transition away from fossil fuels and decarbonise the power sector in order to eliminate contributions to climate change by 2050.

    Then a little bit north with a follow up to last week when we reported that Scotland will phase out single-use plastic bags, straws, stirrers, six-pack rings, cutlery and take-away food containers by 2023. Today we report that Canada will phase them out by the end of this year. That’s six weeks’ time. They’re essentially not available in Canadian shops now. Canada’s Minister of Environment and Clim...

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