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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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Are we ready to love what climate change cannot change?

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 29th May 2017


We could consider earth as a rental property. God comes down to do an inspection and he/she says ”What are all these holes in the property? Why is all my coral bleached? What have you done with all the trees? …. ?” I can tell you. You won’t get your bond back. #StopAdani Roadshow M

Films demand and bring out our human and emotional responses and that’s no less true when the subject is the climate crisis and climate solutions.

Go ahead and ride the highs and lows of this emotional rollercoaster as this week BZE’s Vivien Langford covers just some of the highlights from the first ever Sydney screening of the 2017 Transitions Film Festival, plus an excerpt from Danny Kennedy’s presentation for the recent #StopAdani Roadshow.
30 May 2017|Categories: Community Show|

Food Security: Global Perspectives and Climate

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 22nd May 2017

This week BZE is chewing over food security and climate from a global perspective, as BZE Radio’s Vivien Langford interviews Clare Westwood in Penang and Alan Broughton – Vice President Organic Agriculture Association, with special guest Robin Laurie aka Professor Pym.

Thank you to our guests:

  • Clare Westwood  Clare is a researcher for the Third World Network and Penang Peace and Justice Commission
  • Alan Broughton –  co-author of “Sustainable Agriculture v Corporate Greed
  • Robin Laurie – Robin, aka Professor Pym, with a lively radio drama about the incongruity of food as fuel for cars


23 May 2017|Categories: Community Show|

Land Clearing and Reforestation

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 15th May 2017

“One of the common misconceptions is that a lot of the ERF money is for planting trees”  Jess Panegyres The Wilderness Society
A transformation is beginning to get underway in the agricultural land uses sector. And not before time – without a much-needed U-turn, agriculture, especially northern zone export beef production, is set to be the single biggest GHG-emitting sector of Australia’s economy over the next 2 decades.
BZE’s Vivien Langford talks to two of Australia’s foremost landuse experts and a film maker about carbon sinks and the film Cultivating Murder.
  • Prof Brett Bryan – from Deakin University
  • Gregory Miller – Film Director of Cultivating Murder
  • Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop – BZE Land Use Report author
We are expecting a lot from the land: to feed us, to feed livestock, to fuel cars and now to draw down carbon. And the carbon is not just from coal-fired power, petrol and gas – the agriculture and land use industries themselves, including the 90% of land clearing conducted for northern rangelands cattle grazing, will be responsible for around half our national annual emissions over the coming two decades!


15 May 2017|Categories: Community Show|

Livestock Methane – Can it be ‘Kelped’?

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 8th May 2017

livestock methane - can it be kelped?


“It’s about time the role agriculture plays in the climate crisis – and the role it COULD  play in the solution –  got a concentrated dose of attention.” Bill Mc Kibben


Our 26 million head-strong beef cattle – and 75 million head of sheep – ruminant meat and livestock industry is now responsible for more than half of Australia’s GHG’s and methane, and the near term climate change they are creating. So, is this an industry that can ever really be climate-safe?

Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop, University of Queensland’s Professor Ram Dalal and CSIRO’s Dr Michael Battaglia will join BZE Radio’s Vivien Langford to consider:

  1. Can improved pastures, and other interventions such as seaweed supplement, really kelp? Um, help.
  2. Is it just time to reduce the national herd?
  3. Are carbon abatement schemes and offsets sold by farmers having any effect on rising emissions?

Thank you to our guests:

  • Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop is the co- author of BZE land use discussion paper released in 2014: Land Use: Agriculture and Forestry. This report concluded that agriculture, and especially our northern rangelands grazing industry, is a much more important source of near-term GHG emissions than industry or government greenhouse reporting will admit. But the land use report insists that it is also the biggest most immediate opportunity for mitigation. Gerard has 20 years experience in monitoring land clearing in Queensland. More from Gerard on agricultural emissions here.
  • Professor Ram Dalal led the National Soil Carbon Programme from 2012-2015. He is a professor in the School of Agriculture and Food Science at University of Queensland and one of his key research interests is GHG mitigation.
  • Dr Michael Battaglia is the Group Leader Greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation in agriculture at CSIRO. His article in The Conversation shows how seaweed can cut methane emissions by sheep and cattle. It also shows how wide the search is to lower the impact of livestock on the climate – but are these schemes capable of working in Australia’s various animal agriculture industries?


07 May 2017|Categories: Agriculture, Community Show, Land use, Podcast|

Energy Productivity Summit 2017

This BZE Radio episode was broadcast on Monday 1st May 2017
The 2017 Energy Productivity Summit at the maritime Museum in Sydney in April 2017 drew a number of international speakers including Benoit Lebot (IPEEC), Monica Frassoni, Mary Ritter and Reynald Gallis who joined BZE Radio’s Vivien Langford to record this show.
The theme is perfectly captured by the chairman of the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity, Jon Jutsen:
“What’s the point of spending billions of taxpayers dollars to add new supply when most of what is produced now is lost?”Jon Jutsen, chairman of the Australian Alliance for Energy and
Thank you to the Alliance for Energy Productivity (A2EP) for hosting us and a great conference.


01 May 2017|Categories: Community Show|

Podcast: Zero Carbon Communities Showcase 2017

BZE Radio interviews 6 people associated with the Zero Carbon Communities (ZCC) program: A showcase of Australia’s most ambitious local government areas, with their plans to get to zero emissions in a range of sectors within 10 years.

These communities are taking on everything from investment models to local and utility-scale energy, home energy assessments, energy retrofits, partnerships with councils, equitable outcomes and even going ‘beyond zero’ in partnerships with the regions agriculture.

Thank you to those who joined BZE Radio’s Erin Jones for a chat:

  • Imogen Jubb  -National Manager, Zero Carbon Communities program, Beyond Zero Emissions
  • Tiffany Harrison – Project Coordinator, Zero Emissions Byron
  • John Lloyd – President, Benalla Sustainable Futures Group
  • Dan Spencer – National Campaigner, Australian Youth Climate Coalition and Repower Port Augusta
  • Malcolm McKelvie – Baw Baw Sustainability Network (BBSN)
  • Daryl Brooke – Chairperson, Clean Energy Nillumbuk

BZE community Radio Show:  24 April 2017: Podcast

Podcast of the whole show:

Podcasts of each individual interview follow:

Dan Spencer – National Campaigner, Australian Youth Climate Coalition and Repower Port Augusta #solar4ptaugusta


John Lloyd – President, Benalla Sustainable Futures Group


Daryl Brooke – Chairperson, Clean Energy Nillumbuk


Malcolm McKelvie – Baw Baw Sustainability Network (BBSN) , Mob: 0417 364 615


Imogen Jubb – Zero Carbon Communities


Tiffany Harrison – Project Coordinator, Zero Emissions Byron ,

24 Apr 2017|Categories: Community Project, Community Show, Pt Augusta Plan|

Zero Carbon in Industry: Podcast

Beyond Zero Emissions is doing research into:

How Australian industry can move to zero emissions.

You may be surprised to learn that cement, steel, and in fact all energy-intensive materials, can be produced without fossil fuels! Who knew!

zero carbon cement and industry

Cement can be made using fly-ash or using low-heat geo-polymers instead of limestone and coal, steel can be created from treating iron ore with hydrogen produced in excess from renewable energy utilities, and we can use a range of off-the-shelf energy efficient appliances and technologies to create heat for industry, for everything from canning food to recycling paper and steel to melting glass.

The research is shaping up nicely and the current results will be presented  at Australian Manufacturing Week and at the Ecocity World Summit.

Listen to BZE’s research director Michael Lord talk about:

  • zero carbon cement,
  • renewable heat,
  • zero carbon steel and
  • how the circular economy can apply to Australia’s industry sectors.

BZE Community Radio Show: 17 April 2017

More information

Zero Carbon Australia Industry Plan 

Watch a presentation here (November 2016).

BZE interviewer: Erin Jones

Broadcast from Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

17 Apr 2017|Categories: Cement Plan, Community Show|

Mark Diesendorf on South Australia and 100% renewables

This show was broadcast on Monday 3rd  April 2017

Mark Diesendorf

Mark Diesendorf  is the Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, at UNSW and author of How South Australia can function reliably while moving to 100% renewable power in  The Conversation.

Here he speaks about big picture demand-side efficiency, why it matters to renewables, how to get to 100% renewables across Australia and what really happened in the September South Australia Black System.


Click to LISTEN to the March 2017 Mark Diesendorf interview.


12 Apr 2017|Categories: Community Show, Podcast|

Colin Seis

This show was broadcast on Monday 3rd April 2017
Colin Seis and his son Nicholas own and run the 2000-acre property “Winona” which is situated north of Gulgong on the central slopes of NSW.
Here Colin is speaking three years on from the time of his project with the BZE land-use project, where his innovative ‘pasture cropping’ and carbon farming techniques and results featured as a world-leading case study.
You can hear Colin speak to BZE’s Viv Langford in a 2014 interview that took place on-site at Gulgong here.
Colin was a formal contributor to the Beyond Zero Emissions 2014 Land Use: Agriculture and Forestry Discussion Paper,  part of the Zero Carbon Australia project.
12 Apr 2017|Categories: Community Show|