The BZE Radio Community Show is a one hour podcast focusing on climate solutions across society locally, regionally and around the globe and goes live every Monday at 5pm. The show aims to provide up-to-date news about community climate solutions and events from around Australia, including interviews with scientists, community and business leaders and economists just to name a few.
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- We see government being told to “get out of the way” by Clean Energy Finance ex chief Oliver Yates, as our clean energy target morphs into a dirty energy target.
- We see government trying to prevent the shut down of coal fired power and offering subsidies to new coal mines.
- AND We see pumped hydro, demand /response and batteries answering the question about when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine.
- Dr Alecia Bellgrove – Deakin University
- Jane Hammond -Film Maker “A crude injustice”
- Nathaniel Pelle- Greenpeace Ocean Campaigner
How can seaweed help us draw down the millions of tonnes of CO2 we emit daily?
How can seaweed farmers, ruined by the Montara Oil Spill, find justice?
When will the climate changing oil industry forget the Great Australian Bight?
We start with the potential of seaweed, which Dr Tim Flannery brought to a wide audience on Catalyst and ask “What could possibly go wrong?”
Dr Alecia Bellgrove appeared in that film and explains to us why she sounded a note of caution.
Journalist Jane Hammond found that West Timorese seaweed farmers had been encouraged by Ausaid. Yet when their green gold turned to porridge at the same time as the oil spill reached Indonesian waters, it was denial all round. Her film is timely because their class action is still before the Australian Federal Court.
Nathaniel Pelle is campaigning with Greenpeace to prevent oil drilling in the Great Australian Bight. He describes the great kelp forests and the wealth of biodiversity there which would be ruined by an oil spill. Even the sonic exploration is disturbing deep living creatures.
“The majority of the Emissions Reduction Fund is poured into questionable abatement schemes to discourage land clearing, while mass deforestation cancels out any climate gains.”
(Mike Seccombe, The Saturday Paper)
- David Gallan – Director of the film “Understorey”
- Dr Mehreen Faruqi – Environment spokesperson for the Greens in NSW Parliament
- Jessica Panegyres – Wilderness Society – National Nature Campaigner
BZE Community Radio Show Podcast: Monday 4 Sept 2017
David Gallan recounts the 40 year battle to save the South East Forests of NSW round Bega. His film celebrates the growing awareness of how many species lived there with rare footage of quolls and lyrebirds. Farmers wanted to preserve the water catchment. Locals realised that forests are “worth more standing”. Scientists came to see logging for woodchips as outdated as whaling for oil. Now that we need to draw down carbon, they are thinking big.
Dr Mehreen Faruqi explains how new state laws are reducing our capacity to sequester carbon. The Reputex report shows that ” ending land clearing would compete with renewables for carbon abatement”. Yet the new NSW land clearing laws will see emissions soaring. She says they “make a mockery of any commitment from the NSW government to get to ZERO EMISSIONS by 2050”.
Tune in today at 5pm for Mark Butler MP, Christine Milne and Dr John Hewson on Australia’s time-wasting ‘climate wars’.
How did we become the first country to repeal a carbon tax?
How did we discourage investment in renewable energy and end up with costly electricity?
Why have citizens lost confidence in parliament’s capacity to unify round climate policy?
The Hon Mark Butler, in a conversation with Vivien Langford, takes an unflinching look at the time wasting climate wars.
As Naomi Klein says ” No is not enough” .We need a plan for a future we can say yes to.
Mark Butler’s book gives us part of a new narrative and he consults widely in the community.
Former parliamentary leaders Christine Milne and John Hewson will round out the picture.
This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 21st August 2017
Vivien Langford interviews the CEO Verity Morgan-Schmidt about her work advocating for climate conscious farmers to have their voices heard. Verity calls on PM Turnbull to get out of bed with the fossil fuel companies and invest in farmers adapting to changed conditions.
Vivien also speaks with Farmer Charlie Prell, about his experiences pioneering wind energy on farms including the proposed Crookwell 2 project.
Verity Morgan-Schmidt -CEO of Farmers for Climate Action
Anika Molesworth – Farmer for Climate Action and Master of Sustainable Agriculture
Already in Australia climate disruption is creating prolonged droughts and increased frequency in flooding and bushfires. As farmers derive their livelihood from the land, they are the most vulnerable to these catastrophes, and so have the greatest incentive to prevent their most ruinous effects.
This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 14th August 2017
This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 7th August 2017
Erin Jones hosts a busy show with the theme being Divestment
This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 31st July 2017
Cities are facing the fact that a certain amount of climate change is locked in. Their creativity and co-operation was on display at The EcoCities World Summit.
- Professor Rob Roggema – UTS School of Architecture on the Dutch response to sea level rise.
- Karibaiti Taoaba – Pacific Regional director of Commonwealth Local Government Forum on disaster relief
- David Holmgren – Permaculture Expert on Retrofitting Suburbia for the Energy Descent Future