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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

    Build the difference

    Build the difference

    The Sustainable Hour no. 431 | Podcast notes







    Guests in The Sustainable Hour no. 431 on 28 September are Belinda Noble from Comms Declare and Fossil Ad Ban – and Karina Donkers and Bev Merrett from Sustainable House Day Geelong.















    We’ve had Belinda Noble on before talking about her major campaign called Comms Declare which has since become an incorporated organisation. The group focuses on getting marketing, PR companies and media professionals to sign on to a statement declaring support for the declaration of a climate emergency from their industry.Today they focus on marshalling that support to eventually stop all advertising by life-destroying fossil fuel companies – calling for a Fossil Ad Ban. They plan to do this in stages starting with local government authorities. They had a big win recently when the City of Sydney signed on. More locally, the City of Maribrynong unanimously decided to impose such a ban at their most recent meeting, and this week City of Darebin also joined the campaign. Belinda’s group is in the process of contacting all Australian local government bodies to ban all fossil fuel advertising in their constituencies. We can’t help but wonder how long it will take the cities of Greater Geelong and Melbourne to catch on. For more info about this initiative, go to their website www.fossiladban.org.







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    Katrina Donkers and Bev Merrett tell us all about Geelong Sustainability’s annual Sustainable House Day event which is going to occur on 15 and 16 October 2022. After two years of being online because of Covid, it’s a return to in-person events.







    The Saturday will focus on three seminars delivered by sustainability specialists. These seminars will be filmed and be available to Geelong Sustainability members after the events.







    The Sunday will feature nine homes at all stages of their sustainability journeys from new builds using different sustainable materials to older homes that are being renovated with a strong focus on reducing their emissions and comfort levels.Katrina is event managing the weekend, and Bev is one of the homeowners who are so generously throwing their homes and gardens open to the public for the the day. Each home will have various sustainability specialists on hand to advise people as well.







    For more specific details go to www.geelongsustainability.org.au/shd where you’ll be directed to a link that will take you directly to the page dedicated to all the weekend’s events.







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    United Nations head Antonio Guterres starts us off again today with a brief clip ending with the strong words: “Polluters must pay.” We observe that the world is closing in on this psychopathic fossil fuel industry.







    Mik Aidt refers to two figures that have caught his attention recently and goes on to explain what they are – and what this means for the planet: 59 million people have been a re...

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    Organising a real deal for Geelong

    Organising a real deal for Geelong

    The Sustainable Hour no. 430 | Podcast notes







    Guests in The Sustainable Hour on 21 September 2022 are Sal Fisher, local Geelong organiser for A Real Deal – and Amanda Tattersall, A Real Deal lead from the Work and Organisational Studies team at Sydney University – introducing us to their ‘action agenda for transforming Australia’.







    In a fascinating chat we firstly learn about the origins of this exciting just transition initiative from Amanda. She is internationally acknowledged as a community organising specialist, so A Real Deal, which is built on such foundations, inspired by the American Green New Deal, is obviously something very close to her heart. Amanda views it as a powerful way of creating community action by building people power at local level through local, already established community groups, such as churches and unions. A good example of this work is highlighted in a podcast from another of the many initiatives that she’s involved in, The Change Makers podcast: Organising and the other forms of urban people power.







    Sal gives us a local Geelong perspective for A Real Deal as well as what it will involve. It aims to end up with a plan for how Geelong and districts will transition to a post-carbon world in a way that doesn’t leave anybody behind. The initiative will be based on solid research and will be a part of ongoing research on how communities can chart their own futures and take this to local politicians with a cast iron guarantee of community support if they champion the plan in their party rooms and parliamentary debates.More on the A Real Deal can be found here: www.arealdeal.orgThe ‘Listening Training’ workshop in Geelong is held on 6 October 2022 on Zoom. Geelong residents can sign up here.







    The 100-page report: ‘A real deal’ – click to open PDF













    “I felt like making a personal stand against the implications of coal mining in a world where climate change is a reality was far more important than rugby.”~ David Pocock, Senator for ACT







    We start today with a brief clip from ex-Wallaby captain and recently elected independent federal senator David Pocock, from last week’s ABC TV’s ‘Australian Story’. You can see it here, on a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-Pgwm2_iBM&list=PLDTPrMoGHssDzqF7spxT_VH3Zd266tSEp&index=2&ab_channel=ABCNewsIn-depth" data-type="URL" data-id="https://www.youtube.com/watch?

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    Climate revolution from the ground up

    Climate revolution from the ground up

    The Sustainable Hour no. 429 | Podcast notes







    Guest in The Sustainable Hour on 14 September 2022 is Bev Middleton, founder of Soil Week Australia, to highlight the importance of healthy soils – this year with a competition for both primary and secondary students.







    Bev Middleton founded Soil Week Australia because she wanted to do something to raise awareness about the importance of soil in Australia. Soil health matters more than many of us think. This year she has set up a competition on the importance of healthy soil for primary and secondary students. In our chat with Bev, we learn about her background and what led a city girl to realise just how important it is that we don’t continue to degrade our soils.







    The schools competition closes on 26 October 2022. If you know any students or teachers who you think will be interested in taking part in this competition, please help spread the word about it. More details about the school competition can be found here: Schools Competition – Soil Week Australia. The Soil Week’s Facebook page can be found here.







    “For farmers, the size of their holdings is too large for compost, but I’ve seen some amazing operations where farmers are using compost teas as foliar sprays to their crops and that’s enough.”~ Bev Middleton, founder of Soil Week Australia







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    The show starts today with a brief clip from Jane Goodall reminding us that we are all in this together.







    This is followed by part of a speech by King Charles III where he refers to the necessity for a Marshall-like plan which was instigated after World War II to aid recovery from the devastating impact of those six years to our rapid transition to a post-carbon world.







    Mik Aidt questions what impact will being king have on the prince who was so outspoken on the necessity for truth telling and real action on climate now that he has acquired that position, a position where he is supposed to be “apolitical” whatever that means. Will King Charles really be able to remain quiet while he sees the climate catastrophe play out around him? Time will tell.







    Mik follows this with a challenge to us all to become leaders as we face up to the unprecedented horrors unfolding all around our world. We look at the climate emergency from the perspective of an American climate scientist, Peter Kalmus, who has become so enraged by not being listened to that he is now advocating for non-violent direct action to disrupt business-as-usual and draw attention to the dire nature of the situation we face: “We need to do this for each other,” he says. Similar sentiments then come from Adam McKay, the script writer for the Netflix movie which caused a sensation when it came out last year, ‘Don’t Look Up’. Ex high-end banker Paul Severance then joins them – he is one of the organisers in the American climate action campaigners a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi2pVvNv5s_Nh4KipoGQXxQ/videos" data-type="URL" data-id="https://www.youtube.

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    Wellbeing as in love, laughter and zero waste

    Wellbeing as in love, laughter and zero waste

    The Sustainable Hour no. 428 | Podcast notes







    Guests in The Sustainable Hour on 7 September 2022 are Kirsty Bishop-Fox, founder of Zero Waste Festival, which is held on Federation Square in Melbourne next week, and Laura Grufas, national community organiser in Australian Parents for Climate Action, an organisation which today has 17,000 members.















    “Every single one of us matters. Every single one of us has some role to play.”~ Jane Goodall in the two-hour documentary film ‘Jane Goodall: The Hope‘















    They say one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, but when it comes to waste, Kirsty Bishop-Fox is all treasure. She is in her element when talking rubbish – inspiring you to live today like tomorrow matters. Today she takes us through her sustainability work, especially the upcoming Zero Waste Festival, which she directs. This will be held at Federation Square in Naarm/Melbourne from 10am to 7pm on Saturday 17 September 2022. You can read more about the festival on www.zerowastevictoria.org.au. Order your tickets here. If you’d like to help out on the day, contact: volunteer@zerowastevictoria.org.au







    Kirsty is known for motivating people to prioritise sustainability through her many writing and speaking endeavours. She is a freelance sustainability consultant, educator and strategist who works with businesses, government, and community to transform the approach to waste, recycling, and sustainable living. She focuses on the environmental big picture and relates it to practical actions and achievable changes to help people make more sustainable choices.







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    Laura Grufas has spent the last two decades in senior marketing roles engaging and connecting consumers with iconic brands and products that are sure to be in your pantry, freezer or household drawers. We could call her a late bloomer when it comes to climate action, only recently having her ‘once-you-know moment’ a few years ago, which set her on a very different directory, where she scrambled to find her place in the climate movement. She connected with Australian Parents for Climate Action and became their National Community Organiser and Volunteer Organiser in May last year and hasn’t looked back. Now she leads over 25 local parent groups in every state and territory in Australia advocating for stronger and faster action on climate with politicians and local communities – as well as being an active organiser in her local community group in Geelong and Bellarine.If you are Interested in keeping up to date with the latest Australian Parents For Climate Action campaigns, news and events, join them here.Sign their open letter asking the Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek to safeguard our children’s future. There is so much at stake. There are over 19 new coal and gas projects awaiting approval. An urgent need to address the State of Environment report.

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    The devil works hard so we have to work just as hard

    The devil works hard so we have to work just as hard

    The Sustainable Hour no. 427 | Podcast notes







    How do we create the kind of social change, or even social revolution, which is needed in a climate emergency? We talk about this with our guests in The Sustainable Hour on 31 August 2022: climate activist and sociologist Jenn Sinclair, psycho-therapist Andrew Gaines and writer, musician and activist Morgan Heenan.







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    Jenn Sinclair worked in the university sector as a researcher, educator, and diversity and inclusion manager until 2010. We learn of her involvement with both Extinction Rebellion, the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Victorian Forest Alliance.







    Jenn is involved in her local ACF Community Group who are putting on a zoom webinar featuring Victorian native forest specialist Professor Lindenmeyer next Tuesday night on 6 September 2022, ‘Saving our native forests in Victoria’. You can find out more about this event and register here.







    While chatting with Jenn, the discussion turns to looking at techniques used by the climate activist group Just Stop Oil in England. You can find more about this campaign here: www.juststopoil.org







    Jenn also refers to the importance of preserving our mountain forests which grow just a couple of hours’ drive from Melbourne. Here is an article about the importance of our mountain ash forests: Why these towering guardians of Melbournes water supply are at risk.







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    Following Jenn, we have psycho-therapist Andrew Gaines whose catch-cry is “Together we can amplify our effectiveness!” and his campaign is called The League of Evolutionary Catalysts. Andrew has started a network called Inspiring Transition – which is all about “catalysing mass commitment to transformational change.”







    Andrew feels that many people accept the reality of climate change, and astute thinkers write insightfully about our larger existential emergency and social dysfunction. Members of the League of Evolutionary Catalysts do more. They commit to actively contributing to the evolution of a life-affirming culture – a culture that cares for people and the planet.







    Becoming a member of the League has three stages:• Reading three longform articles• Doing a practice run with two primary communication tools• Having a Review Conversation with another member of the League







    They are not developing an ideology. Just the opposite. They help people think better. Specifically, they help people move from silo thinking to systems...

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    Reuse, reduce, DANCE, recycle, repeat

    Reuse, reduce, DANCE, recycle, repeat

    The Sustainable Hour no. 426 | Podcast notes







    In this week’s Sustainable Hour on 24 August 2022, we welcome Mik Aidt back from his two weeks in Denmark for a family reunion. Today the tables are turned on him as he becomes our guest.







    Mik starts out by referring to two carbon emission records that were broken last year. After this, he rails against the number of coal and gas plants that are being built around the world, 114 of which are being currently considered by our federal government. At the same time, green and clean energy only makes up 14 per cent of the global energy portfolio. Looking at the escalating climate catastrophes around the world, something in our collective consumer and behaviour patterns obviously needs to change, and very quickly.







    We then discuss what an all-of-society climate resilient development could look like. Scientists agree that for a sustainable, climate-safe world we need fundamental changes to ‘underlying values, worldviews, ideologies, social structures, political and economic systems, and power relationships.’ More on this can be found at the IPCC’s website.











    Mik’s video-podcast from Copenhagen







    We spend the rest of the program talking about values, power relationships, trust, and the huge social and infrastructural changes that Mik observed mainly in Denmark’s capital city Copenhagen since he was last there four years ago.







    It soon becomes very clear that emission-aware, low-carbon living and a lifestyle focused on sustainability has become embedded in Copenhagen’s culture. Compared to there, we in Australia are quite a way behind. The big test for us is how long will it take us to catch up in how we design our cities to get them away from being car centred and carbon emitting. How we recycle… How we manufacture and transport our goods… What we buy… How we get around… and how we decide our streets and houses should be built.







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    Colin Mockett‘s Global Outlook has to begin in the USA where president Joe Biden this week signed into law the biggest climate legislation in U.S. history. It was a struggle against Republican opposition,

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