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
City Council takes lead: carbon-neutral by 2025
Our two guests in The Sustainable Hour on 24 February 2021 are the two sitting City of Greater Geelong councillors Mayor Stephanie Asher and the Put Climate First Alliance’s newly appointed councillor Dr Belinda Moloney for what we hope will be a regular appearance on the show.
We hear Mayor Asher very proudly announce the City’s ambitious zero carbon emissions target – more ambitious than most cities and countries have announced. We learn that at the moment they are going through the crucial, but very difficult task of drawing up their annual budget and trying to fit ambitions and needs into a covid restricted amount of funds. At the same time they are developing their four year plan as required under the new Local Government Act.
Councillor Moloney outlines the demands of a new councillor to get herself across the requirements of her demanding, but satisfying position and of the responsibilities she has taken on as she represents both the people in Kardinia Ward, and the wider City of Greater Geelong community and its environment.
We also hear from both councillors about the contentious proposed Viva gas hub in Corio Bay. A topic we’ll be hearing much more about on The Sustainable Hour as part of what we consider to be our responsibility to tell the truth about this explosive and planet-warming fuel – and yes, we’ll be asking Viva to present their case too.
We were left wondering how our leaders at City Hall seem to think that carbon neutrality will be achieved as long as they don’t at the same time take a strong stand and regulate to get the city’s businesses and residents switch to using electricity instead of gas, as New York City’s councillors for instance has done it recently by announcing they are going to ban all new gas installations in their city.
As always, Colin Mockett‘s Global Outlook zooms us all over the planet. He starts in the United States where the new Biden administration have just recommitted to the Paris Accord. The international agreement, or a set of carbon emission reduction and renewable energy targets that most countries have agreed to to keep our average global temperature well below 2 degrees Celcius increase. We also learn that John Kerry who is the US’s spokesperson on this matter has strong views that the language used must reflect the urgency of the matter.
There’s no doubting Denmark’s resolve as regards meeting their climate responsibilities. Colin’s next item takes us there with news of very ambitious plans to build an artificial island devoted completely to renewable energy production for the equivalent of 10 million homes. This will provide all their own energy needs, but also allow the excess to be exported to neighbouring countries providing much needed economic opportunities. The big question Colin leaves us with here is: Why not Australia?
We stay in Europe for the next item: Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Union, shows herself to be a true climate leader when she announces the European community are prepared to listen to what the science is demanding by being the first continent to announce a carbon neutral target. Not satisfied there, Colin then takes us to New Zealand with the news that, in another world first, big businesses are required to report on what they are doing to reduce their exposure to climate risk.
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Mobilising whole communities by climbing boulders instead of mountains
Today is yet another milestone for The Sustainable Hour team: Our show number 350. We are so grateful to all you listeners and guests who have made this possible, and we look forward to this continuing while we work for a more just, inclusive, healthy and safe climate, each finding our roles in The Climate Revolution.
In The Tunnel on 17 February 2021:
[08:47] Lucy Manne, head of 350 Australia, tells us what’s up front for the organisation this year. They will continue to target our current government’s lack of ambition to take climate seriously, especially focusing on the insanity of their apparent desire to go ahead with their so-called ‘gas-led recovery’ from Covid-19. They will be bringing their 25 local community groups along with them to stop this misguided idea, and replace it with an ambition to fund a just transition to the clean renewable energy powered world to which most of the rest of the world is transitioning.
[26:49] Dr Giselle Wilkinson, co-founder of the Sustainable Living Festival, has recently successfully completely her PhD thesis. This was done under the banner of Therapeutic Arts. Already in 2007, Giselle was a key part of the decision to run Australia’s first Global Climate Emergency Convergence. She freely acknowledges that we currently don’t have enough people who are prepared to stand up to get to where we need to be on climate. She is determined to ensure that her thesis continues to have a life and has strong ideas on how this can be achieved. She will be explaining how this can be achieved at her online book launch on Tuesday night.
[47:20] Mark Spencer, the founder of the podcast Climactic, which we have always had a strong connection with. Mark has just launched an open letter appeal to one of the biggest companies in the world. He is asking all podcasters to support this appeal to make it easier for climate podcasts to reach wider audiences. Mark gives the reasons behind this ambitious appeal and lets us all know how to support it.
[01:38] Colin Mockett‘s Global Outlook starts with an update of two climate related disasters from last year, one from the Russian mining town of Norilsk where you may recall melting permafrost caused a huge tank to topple over and pour thousands of tonnes of diesel oil into arctic waters. Authorities there have managed to contain most of the spill, but the problem is far from solved. The second update is much better news for penguin colonies on South Georgia Island as the gigantic iceberg that was heading directly for them has broken up.Colin then takes us to Europe and specifically their aviation sector with news that they have taken some responsibility for the carbon emissions they are causing by setting ...
Welcome to The Climate Revolution
We need nothing less than a Climate Revolution, and that revolution begins in your head. Enter our new podcast series, The Climate Revolution.
Podcast content – in order of appearance00:01 Sir David King: We have to move rapidly00:12 Mark Carney, How We Get What We Value: We’ve been trading off the planet against profit00:19 Sir David King: We are in a very very desperate situation00:22 Alexandria Octavio-Cortez: Money alone will not save us00:28 Roy Scranton, author of ‘We’re Doomed, Now What’: Climate change is bigger than World War II00:55 William Moomaw: What it will take to achieve a safe climate02:16 Greta Thunberg: If I can ask one thing of you, it would be to educate yourself02:57 9News: United Nations calls on all governments to declare a climate emergency03:08 Antonio Guterres: Call on all governments to declare a climate emergency03:53 Mark Carney, How We Get What We Value: The sustainable revolution04:12 Mik Aidt: This is the sound of the Climate Revolution06:29 David Wallace-Wells: How we could change the planet’s climate future17:46 United Nations and Emmanuel Macron: Make the planet great again18:54 Johan Rockström, ABC On The Science Show: Fixing the climate emergency must start now22:18 Jess Hamilton and Ash Berdebes: Heaps Better – podcast trailer27:09 Michelle Maloney in Post Growth Australia Podcast: Reimagining an Earth centered economy35:24 Melanie Scaife: End Game: “Everything you hold dear” – podcast excerpt47:20 a rel="noreferrer noopener" href=...
Doing everything you normally do differently
Welcome to our 349th Sustainable Hour.
We start today’s show with a brief clip from Sir David King, a former English Chief Scientist. The clip was taken from the National Climate Emergency Summit’s first webinar on the science of our climate emergency as part of the Sustainable Living Festival. It reinforces the strong message about how dire the situation we face is and how little time we have to address it:
“We have to move rapidly. What we do over the next two-three years, I believe, is going to determine the future of humanity.”
In The Tunnel on 10 February 2021 we have five guests:
[07:25] Bryony Edwards from Council & Community for the Climate Emergency, CACE. We learn from Bryony that although around 90 councils in Australia have declared a climate emergency so far, none have developed a serious council-wide climate emergency plan. To this end they have developed resources to guide councils to develop these plans as well to guide and support residents and ratepayers to lobby for such plans.
[21:41] Dr Jim Crosthwaite, a friend of the show and an economist, tells about his research into gas in response to the Morrison government’s ill fated ‘gas-led recovery’ plan. Jim recommends listening to the Boyer Lectures where fossil fuel tycoon Twiggy Forrest outlines what he sees as the future of energy in Australia. Jim then proceeds to explain why he disagrees on both economic and environmental grounds.
[43:09] Sal Fisher is co-founder of GasFreeGeelong – a group formed to counter Viva refinery’s proposal for a gas hub in Corio Bay and to educate Geelong and district residents about the alternatives that will help us face up to the climate emergency we face. Sal outlines what this education process will involve, including two community events which are coming up soon.
[52:45] Out in the Australian landscape, our Roving Reporter Rusty is working on a series of Regenerative Hours. But he wants to call it something else – because he wants to talk about what he likes to call “Ecological Agriculture”. He has been discovering that there’s a lot more to Regenerative Agriculture than the regenerative element of it. In his first podcast in the series, he talks with Kim Deans, a regenerative farmer from Inverell. Kim introduces Rusty – and now us, who are listening – to the concept of Syntropic Farming, which is a climate-friendly farming practice developed by a Swiss farmer over some 30 years in a logged area of the Brazilian rain forest.
[1:01:20] Carly Dober is a psychologist and yoga instructor who works in sc...
Now or never: kicking off a climate revolution
Hi all sustainable listeners – here we go for yet another year of our podcasts where we focus on solutions to the climate emergency we face, and in the process give you, our valued listeners, hope and motivation to become part of the solution along with us. As we discuss in today’s podcast, the solution will have to be to become nothing less than a revolutionary. Welcome to the climate revolution of 2021.
We have two guests in ‘The Tunnel’ of the 348th Sustainable Hour.
It’s February and that only means one thing in Victoria, Australia: The SLF, or the National Sustainable Living Festival. Once again we have its director Luke Taylor outlining what wonders we can expect in this year’s program, which runs all through February. He directs us to www.slf.org.au to find out what is happening each and every February day, and also how the National Climate Emergency Summit 2021 will present a series of critical conversations – Reset.21 forum series – to advance strategy and responses to the climate emergency.
Following Luke, we zoom over to Sweden, where we meet one of that country’s leading sustainability consultants Mats Larsson who has just written a book that has been receiving very good reviews. We hear him reflect on why he wrote the book – titled ‘Blind Guardians of Ignorance: Covid-19, Sustainability and Our Vulnerable Future – A Handbook for Change Leaders, Young and Old’ – and what he hopes it will achieve. In the process we learn much about the political process in his country.
Rounding out the show today we have an item from our youth reporter Ben Pocock. In it, Ben reflects on his school’s Climate Council by interviewing friends who were on that Council with him. We learn about what they consider to be their successes as well as what they could have done better during a very Covid-19-interrupted 2020 school year.
Ben has just started high school and is keen to continue filing youth reports for The Sustainable Hour. We wish him all the very best in his secondary education and look forward to getting reports when he finds his feet at his new school.
Before Colin Mockett starts his Global Outlook, Mik Aidt chimes in excitedly with news of the historic findings of a a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://climateemergencydeclaration.org/climate-change-is-a-global-emergency-thinks-two-thirds-of-world-...
THE REGENERATIVE HOUR: Restoring climate by rebuilding the landscape
27TH EPISODE OF THE REGENERATIVE HOUR: Can we turn the 2020s into ‘The Regenerative Decade’? In this series of interviews about what that would imply, we talk ecology, deep adaptation, grief, compassion and passion, connecting with nature, resilience, revitalisation, restoration, revolution… – the bigger picture, in other words.
In our summer series of programs for 2021, we are introducing a series of interviews in The Regenerative Hour about rehydrating the Australian landscape, regenerative and natural sequence farming, and ecosystem restoration. These are generally longer interviews where we investigate important issues in more detail.
We’ll also be revisiting our major focus areas of indigenous wisdom, and the last frontier of climate action: the potential for elite sport players and administrators to use their influence in our sports-obsessed country to help us get to where we need to be on climate.
How to achieve climate safety by rebuilding our landscape with its ancient blueprint
In The Regenerative Hour no 27, we talk with three champions of regenerative farming, land management and conservation farming practices:
Rob Skinner is a businessman and thoughtleader currently setting up organisational and business structures for Australian landscape science. He outlines a vision for a “council of leading scientists” in this space, plus what he sees as the benefits of the guidance of the combination of the knowledge. He discusses the experience that such a council would bring to anyone working to repair land in Australia.
“After 230 years of European settlement, we have completely denuded this country. We have used up all the resources, we have taken all of the carbon out of the soil, we have taken from the bank and put nothing back.”~ Rob Skinner, businessman and thoughtleader, in The Regenerative Hour no 26
Paul Anderson is a hydrogeologist who has worked with Peter Andrews for many years. He talks about the importance of a body of people that advises and overseas regenerative farming and land management practices, and which role local Councils can play. He also discusses how to measure land productivity based on plants.
“If we increase soil carbon by one per cent on our arable land, Australia will be carbon-negative no matter what carbon emissions we are doing. This is very doable with Peter Andrew‘s and Rain for Climate‘s methods. So my overarching goal is to provide some good scientific paradigmes behind it.”~ Paul Anderson, hydrogeologist, in The Regenerative Hour no 27
John Anderson, former head of the National Party and Deputy Prime Minister, is a sixth generation farmer in Northern New South Wales. He is very enthusiastic about what he calls “conservation farming”. He sees it as having great potential to improve overall farm productivity as well to increase the nutritional value of the food, improve the vitality of the soil and allow more carbon to be sequestered. He sees this as making this way of farming a winner on so many fronts.
“The Australian community is worried about climate change and wants us to move towards net-zero. Well, here is a brilliant way where a whole set of management practices,