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Sustainable Fashion & Climate Change

Have a look down at what you’re wearing. Do you know what that top’s made out of? Or where your jeans were made? How much did you pay for your dress? And how many times will you wear it before you throw it away? Do you wash those trousers each time you wear them? And throw them in the dryer as well?  Are you wearing something that you got from a second hand shop? Are you wearing something that has a special meaning or memory attached to it?

In this show, we take a look at the fashion industry and the ways it’s responding to issues like sustainability and climate change. We speak to four passionate ladies from the world of fashion design; Kate Fletcher, Georgia McCorkill, Genevive Edmonds and Patricia Brien.

Genevive Edmonds, of Little Green Dress.

Kate Fletcher, Leader in Sustainable Design at London College of Fashion and director of design for sustainability fashion consultancy; Slow Fashion.

Patricia Brien, Lecturer in Trend Forecasting, School of Fashion and Textiles, RMIT.

Georgia McCorkill, Fashion Designer and PHD student with the School of Architecture and Design, RMIT

G Edmonds - K Fletcher - P Brien - G McCorkill - Interviews

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Port Augusta Solar Update and the Climate and Health Alliance

Dan van Holst Pelekaan is the South Australian MP who represents Port Augusta. He’s engaged with his community and talks about the long term bi- partisan policies needed to lead Australia down the path of big solar power.

His select committee will investigate BZE’s proposition of a Concentrated Solar Thermal plant at Port August to replace the coal fired plant.

Fiona Armstrong is Convenor of the Climate and Health Alliance. She is into more than urging extra emergency beds for victims of heat waves, cyclones, and floods.

Medical professionals see the value of prevention. They are trusted communicators as we reframe the climate crisis as a threat to our health and build resilience. Health must be central to discussions of preventing the worst of climate change as well as adapting to the change that’s already locked in.

Fiona reports how the health sector is urging exceptional courage from our business, political and civic leaders. We have failed to curb emissions growth and must protect the health of people in vulnerable communities.

Dan van Holst Pelekaan - Fiona Armstrong - Interviews

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Solar Funding Evokes Mixed Reactions

$83.5 million for solar research funding as part of the United States- Australia Solar Energy Collaboration (USASEC) was announced by Minister for Resources and Energy Martin Ferguson on Thursday.
 
$33 million will go to the US-Australia Institute for Advanced Photovoltaics led by the University of New South Wales. $35 million will be provided to the Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative, led by CSIRO.
  
$15.5 million has been allocated to collaborative research projects under the Open Funding Round of the USASEC.
  
"Today's funding commitment supports the collaborative efforts being made by our governments to drive innovation, build research and technical capacity, and provide pathways to solar commercialisation," Minister Ferguson said. 

Defy Greenwash with Guy Pearse's new book

Guy Pearse is a Research Fellow at the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland and the author of High & Dry (2007), Quarterly Essay 33, Quarry Vision (2009) and he is well known for uncovering the dirty tactics of the “Greenhouse Mafia” or big polluters on the Howard government's climate polcies. His latest book, Greenwash: Big brands and carbon scams (Black Inc–2012), entertaining and practical guide for consumers to pick the truly green businesses from the greenwashers and to demand a higher environmental standard from all. Greenwash looks at the whole spectrum - from the Toyota Prius to Earth Hour, from celebrities to your pet dog! Catch the examples of 'This is our story' advertisements, created by the mining industry, and dedicated to taking our attention away from the harmful environmental and health impacts of mining. 

Continuing the theme of environmental impacts; John Connor, CEO of The Climate Institute, talks about the newly released report Coming Ready or Not: Managing Climate Risks to Australia's Infrastructure which delves into the consequences of climate change on major infrastructure. The report focuses on the physical impacts and flow-on consequences on electricity networks, rail and road, property and water supply. It analyses preparations for climate change impacts in Australia among owners and operators of major infrastructure assets and highlights contrasting approaches.   

Guy Pearse - John Connor - Interviews

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Ramping up against coal

Beyond Zero interviews Greenpeace Senior Climate and Energy Campaigner Georgina Woods on the Greenpeace report “Cooking the climate: Wrecking the reef", about the global impact of coal exports from Australia’s Galilee Basin.

Nine mega coal mines are planned for Queensland's Galilee Basin, with five of these projects larger than any coal mine currently operating in the country. If these go ahead, they could produce more coal than Australia currently exports. In addition, the federal government has recently approved the expansion of the Abbot Point Coal Terminal which is likely to affect the Great Barrier Reef. Greenpeace examines the health effects on coal-affected communities and the global implications of coal exports.
The Greenpeace report can be downloaded here.

We also discuss coal with Blair Palese, CEO of 350.org Australia and the Communications Director, Antarctic Ocean Alliance. 350.org in well known for organising international 'Days of Action', most recently for 'India Beyond Coal'. 350.org's online campaigns, grassroots organising and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by people in 188 countries. We also ask Blair about her views on solutions such as those detailed in BZE's Zero Carbon Australia plans.

Georgina and Blair encourage you to get involved in your local community climate group and take action at:
http://www.savethereef.org.au/

Georgina Woods - Blair Palese - Interviews

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Health Effects of Coal

    

Paul Cleary is author of the book “MINE-FIELD” about dark side of the coal rush. A/Prof Ruth Colagiuri from Sydney University talks about the report she co-authored for BZE, describes the health and social harms of coal mining followed by Dr Merryn Redenbach from Melbourne about the Quit Coal campaign.

Sydney University Associate Professor Ruth Colagiuri co authored (with Johanne Cochrane and Seham Girgis) “Health and Social Harms of Mining in Local Communities; Spotlight on the Hunter Region”, a report commissioned by Beyond Zero Emissions.

Source:
http://bze.org.au/blog/coal-health-report-121023

Paul Cleary is author of MINE-FIELD and TOO MUCH LUCK. He served as an adviser to the government of East Timor on resource sector governance. When he returned to Australia he was shocked to see how poorly governed our mining boom was. The profits will not be nation building and the long term impacts on health , water resources and farmland have been treated as if they don’t matter. Join the campaign to ramp up on coal!

Dr Merryn Redenbach talks about the effects of coal on health. What campaigning strategies will help us Quit Coal?

Paul Cleary - A/Prof Ruth Colagiuri - Dr Merryn Redenbach - Interviews

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Port Augusta - Here We Come

              

 

Something thrilling is happening in South Australia. They’ve already passed the government’s targets for renewable energy through wind and NOW they are hoping to build Australia's first Solar Thermal Power Plant.

The campaign is led by Beyond Zero Emissions, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) and 100% Renewables with support from the Climate and Health Alliance and the Public Health Association of Australia, as well as local businesses and the people of Port Augusta.

 

Beyond Zero's Vivien, Beth and Sally talk to Dr Karl Kruszelnicki about why this community is so keen to leave behind the cancers and repiratory diseases (eg. asthma) connected to coal fired power. Dr Karl also explains why we haven’t reacted sufficiently to the melting permafrost and dire scientific predictions of climate change. He addressed the REPOWER Port Augusta rally recently.

Beyond Zero also talks to Mark Ogge, spokesperson for the REPOWER Port Augusta campaign.

http://repowerportaugusta.org/

Dr Karl - Mark Ogge - Interviews

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How old will you be in 2050?

Aaron Morellini - Vicky Fysh - Michael Polland - Mim De Napoli - James Searle - Interviews

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Local councils and climate solutions

Are councils getting things done in terms of climate solutions?
Are they more responsive to community pressures about climate change?

To find out BZE’s Vivien Langford goes to a ZERO Carbon house in Randwick NSW and meets Councillor Nicola Grieve at Rose Bay.

The Manager of Randwick Council’s Barrett House is Richard Wilson. He shows us how cheap double glazing and LED lights will cut down your bills. Terry Bail the architect tells us about the growing demand for sustainable houses. As we talk a working bee pops up in the vegetable garden so we
talk to Steve Batley about community and school gardens he’s guiding to fruitfulness. Russ Grayson explains how Sydney Council followed the lead of irrepressible guerrilla gardeners with a policy to help people grow food in the city without tripping up its citizens.

As council elections are in the air Vivien meets Councillor Nicola Grieve to talk about waste management, low carbon incentives, bike paths and cutting down the carbon miles for food. It’s not easy, as some councillors are climate change deniers and many in the community are switched off.

Nicola Grieve - Richard Wilson - Terry Bail - Steve Batley - Russ Grayson - Interviews

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Wind farm advocates combat loss of momentum

FRIENDS of the Earth (FoE) is hoping to form a broad community alliance to restore the momentum for wind energy in the south-west.

FoE Yes 2 Renewables community co-ordinator Leigh Ewbank said it was meeting with Moyne Shire Council, wind energy companies, turbine manufacturers and community members to form the alliance to try to overcome obstacles that had deflated interest in wind energy in Victoria.

In an address at Deakin University’s Warrnambool campus yesterday, Mr Ewbank said the state government’s decision to give residents the power to veto proposals for wind turbines within two kilometres of their homes had sapped the momentum for wind energy.

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