Oct. 20, 2021

Food, energy and faith: Cooking up a climate revolution

Food, energy and faith: Cooking up a climate revolution

The Sustainable Hour no 385

We start today with a report containing video clips from participants who was part of the GreenFaith action in Geelong on Monday. Here Muslims, Buddhists and Christians came together calling on our politicians to stop new coal and gas projects and support Zali Steggall’s climate bill in Federal Parliament. We hear statements from Queenscliff Lonsdale Anglican vikar Peter Martin, buddhist Hannah Mayer and Geelong imam Muhammad Ramzan. This was one of over 400 GreenFaith world wide actions.

In The Tunnel on 20 October 2021 our guests are:

Founder and Executive Director of Sustain – the Australian Food Network – and lecturer in food systems at the William Angles Institute, Dr Nick Rose who we range widely with. From his connection with women farmers and ‘agripreneurs’ in Gaza rebuilding their farms to what he is doing closer to home, organising urban agriculture forums and activities, including the Melbourne Food Hub, Cardinia Food Movement and a report about urban agriculture. Now there’s a group who are very busy at being cutting edge climate revolutionaries! Nick can be contacted at: info@sustainaustralia.org.

Karina Donkers who is co-ordinator of Geelong Sustainability’s Small Business Energy Saver Program. Karina tells us all about the services that they offer through the Green Light Social Enterprise, where the idea is to help small businesses save money by becoming more energy efficient. Karina and her team help businesses with between 1 and 19 employees (full-time equivalent) find the right equipment and accredited provider to ensure that your business can upgrade its equipment and receive the rebates and bonuses.

A range of equipment upgrades are eligible for the discount, such as heat pump hot water systems, space heating and cooling systems, refrigerators and upright freezers, refrigerated display cabinets and fan motors in refrigeration systems. You can check these out at www.greenlight.org.au/sbesp. Karina can be contacted at:
energysaver@greenlight.org.au or 1300 227 257.

Colin Mockett‘s Global Outlook begins this week with an estimated 10,000 people preparing to travel to Glasgow for the COP26 talks – against a background of extreme weather events and calamities around the world. All have contributed to a current global energy crisis that has seen fossil fuel prices skyrocket.

There has been flooding in China’s coal producing province, hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico damaging offshore oil platforms, contrasted by low winds in the UK and northern Europe which have diminished the output of wind farms. In this light, the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, Fatih Birol, has some telling advice and a warning for us and our governments.

Meanwhile in Washington, the Biden administration announced a plan to develop large-scale wind farms along nearly the entire coastline of the United States, the first long-term strategy from the government to produce electricity from offshore turbines.

Colin then zooms us to the United Kingdom where the government announced more than £5.8 billion of foreign investment in green projects, including more than £650 million in advancing offshore wind this year alone, supporting almost 3,600 jobs across the Humber and North-East England and over £900 million in accelerating the shift to zero-emissions vehicles.

This leads Colin to round off with the news from the world’s only carbon-neutral football team, Colin’s favourite, the Forest Green Rovers, who will use their pitch-side advertising hoardings to flash up climate-emergency information while the game is being played. Fans haven’t seen them yet because at the weekend, the Rovers played away at Scunthorpe. Forest Green won 2-0, holding their top position on the ladder 4 points clear of Harrogate Town and 5 points ahead of Port Vale and Tranmere.

Still on sport, but closer to home we welcome and congratulate the AFL Players for Climate Action for their long awaited launch over the weekend. We’ll be featuring their founders Tom Campbell and Jasper Pittard on The Sustainable Hour in the not too distant future. Already they have over 260 players who have signed up to them to find out how they can be part of the solution.

That’s it for another week. Until next week, if you like what we do please share far and wide. Like the AFL players, keep developing your way of becoming involved, finding your role, stepping up as the climate revolutionary we all need to be as we face up to the #ClimateEmergency threatening us more and more each day. Contribute where you can with making the shift.


“Food systems, both in Australia and overseas, along with the energy sector, are the major drivers of the climate emergency and biodiversity loss – the damage to the non-human world that’s coming about through anthropogenic climate change. A great deal of that is attributed to the way we manage land and water in relation to food production and agriculture.
~ Nick Rose, Founder and Executive Director of Sustain Australia


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Acknowledgement

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 disrespectful and unfair is that?



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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.

Petitions

List of running petitions where we encourage you to add your name

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Care Gardening and Farming in the Climate Emergency“What can I do?”
In the face of mounting social and ecological crises, this is the big question that plagues anyone concerned with the wellbeing of people and planet. For the localizers among us, the question is arguably even bigger: How can we – as individuals and small communities – go up against the global techno-economic juggernaut?

Today, we are delighted to present an answer. 146 answers, to be exact.

Introducing the Localization Action Guide

The Localization Action Guide details 146 ways for individuals, communities and policymakers to make a real, hands-on difference in their local areas. It points to key resources, networks and examples to inform and inspire actions with a systemic impact, including:Join or start a community garden
Set up a farmers’ market
Implement participatory budgeting where you live
Reclaim your community’s electrical grid
Join or start a food policy council
Oppose “free-trade” agreements
Set up a local investing groupCampaign for policies that support small businesses. . . and much more.Browse the guide!Who is it for?

The guide includes suggestions for individuals, as well as community groups and policymakers. It points to key networks and inspiring examples across the globe – from rural India to the center of Boston. That said, it is primarily aimed at sparking action in industrialized, English-speaking countries, where radical shifts in consumption and lifeways are most urgently needed.Can local actions really make a difference?We think so. Although they are often small in scale, taken together, they are vital to recapturing economic democracy from global corporations. They provide venues for connecting with like-minded people and strengthening the bonds of interdependence. They provide opportunities to reject the consumer monoculture, which is destroying the wondrous diversity of our planet. And they create “lifeboats” – living hubs of social health, human and ecological wellbeing, and economic resilience – to carry us through the turbulence of the coming decades.Join our launch eventOn October 21st, 2pm EDT/7pm BST, join authors Carly Gayle, Steve Gorelick, and Alex Jensen, along with Anja Lyngbaek, for a conversation about how and why we created this guide, how to use it, the joys and struggles of figuring out how to make a dent in the corporate juggernaut and build flourishing local economies, and more. The event is free, and will run for one hour. Bring your questions!Donate to Local Futures