BZE Podcasts

Beyond Zero Emissions produces two podcasts that are recorded and broadcast weekly on 3CR radio in Melbourne.
The Community Show is a one hour podcast focusing on activism and campaigning recorded live every Monday at 5pm.
The Technology Show is a half hour podcast aimed at highlighting the latest renewable energy tech and solutions and is recorded every Friday Morning at 8:30 am and syndicated around Australia on the community radio network.
There is an extensive catalog of shows available spanning the last 5 years. Where possible we have tagged them so you can find and explore the content you are looking for.
We would also like to thank both you the listener and 3CR radio for your ongoing support as we continue to communicate both the challenges and solutions associated with ensuring a sustainable energy supply and a safe climate.
Please feel free to explore the full list of our shows below and if you have any questions or feedback then get in contact with us at radioteam@bze.org.au
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Charles Rendigs

 

The reduction of extremes in heat or cold without continually increasing power consumption

The answer is provided by Charles Rendigs, the National Business Development manager of "Thermoshield", an Australian company developed and owned, situated at Dandenong. It is a coating for roofs that can be painted or sprayed on, can be coloured by mixing with  red or green paint. White of course  is generally used when a high  solar reflective index is desired i.e. in Summer but as it ages its capacity to reflect is naturally diminished.

But Thermoshield can  also be used to retain warmth  inside in the Winter months i.e. as a form of insulation producing what is called "dead air" space   so its properties can work to either reflect or absorb.    It can be used in conjunction with  PV as PV usually only covers part of the roof  and may heat up around the cells. It can increase the productivity of cells during the day . It can also be complementary to pink batts. air conditioners and other forms of temperature control.

It has been tested by CSIRO and has been used from Queensland to Melbourne. It sounds like a robot acting as instructed!

"The Day After Tomorrow"

This show was broadcast on Mon 18th July 2016

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"This is the second year of extreme heat in southeast Asia...all this was predicted by recent studies. The same studies say it will get even hotter, for longer periods, as the decades progress."

"...the poorest victims of this heat are the least responsible for global warming. The source of the pollution has been half a world away, where most of us live in fossil-powered luxury. But in a world connected by finance, trade, and airplanes, the blowback can travel back from half a world – from the steaming countries of India and Pakistan."

Professors David Karoly and Will Steffen describe what scientists expect over the next decades as we fail to decrease carbon emissions.
Dr Adil Najam, Pakistani expert on International Affairs takes us to Karachi’s most punishing heat waves and the climate refugees that are flocking away from unlivable conditions.

Further Reading:
The climate Council's latest report http://www.climatecouncil.org.au/
Podcasts from Radio Ecoshockhttp://www.ecoshock.org/2016/06/record-heat-india-pakistan.html
http://video.news.com.au/v/318891/The-Inertia-Trap

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Psychologist Per Espen Stoknes on Thinking about Global Warming

This show was broadcast on Mon 11th July 2016

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In conversation with Per Espen Stoknes, Lyn Bender, Susie Burke, with Vivien Langford.

"The more facts that pile up about global warming, the greater the resistance to them grows, making it harder to enact measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare communities for the inevitable change ahead."


"It is a catch-22 that starts, says psychologist and economist Per Espen Stoknes, from an inadequate understanding of the way most humans think, act, and live in the world around them. With dozens of examples—from the private sector to government agencies—Stoknes shows how to retell the story of climate change and, at the same time, create positive, meaningful actions that can be supported even by deniers."

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Prof Andrew Blakers

From Stars to the Sun

Professor Andrew Blakers is a professor engineering at the Australian National University. He works in the area of photovoltaics.  His original goal was to be an astronomer studying Maths and Physics but while bushwalking  he was struck by so many places under threat - and that was as far back as the 70s!

He believes Australia   receives thousands of times more solar energy than all the fossil fuels combined so why not be involved in solar and wind? He is a member of ARENA but fears the organisation , with the present political  situation may lose the  capacity to award grants. 

An interesting  account  of Andrew's life and work  can be accessed  on the Conversation Hour (13/6) and more details on the usual BZE podcast  which mentions  sliver, PERC technologies and silicon  with  its non-toxic properties.

He has no doubt that  Australia could become  100% renewable before long -and that is not just "pie in the sky"!

(Summary written by Bev McIntyre)

Further reading:

The Conversation: Wind and solar PV have won the race – it’s too late for other clean energy technologies

More articels at The Conversation

Fossil Capitalism and the Death of the Great Barrier Reef

This show was broadcast on Mon 4th July 2016

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Vivien interviews Ian Angus at the Socialism for the Twenty First Century Conference. He talks about Fossil Capitalism and the Earth System Crisis.
We look at the bleaching of the reef in an interview with David Spratt (from Radio Ecoshock).



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Chris Cooper

SunCrowd - the home battery movement from SunCrowd on Vimeo.

SunCrowd is Australia’s first bulk-buy for solar storage solutions. Let’s use our bulk purchasing power to make batteries affordable!  Join the movement at www.suncrowd.com.au

 

An entrepreneur in renewable energy

Chris Cooper is Chief Energy Officer and co-founder of SunCrowd, who are helping communities run local bulk-buy campaigns to make rooftop solar and storage easy and affordable. Chris Cooper became a keen clean energy student whilst at high school studying Economics and Geography and he was encouraged by gaining a Winston Churchill Fellowship scholarship which took him overseas to U.K., U.S. and Europe.  He favoured working for a practical change rather than joining academia and to concentrate in a local area.  To achieve this, he co-founded SunCrowd mainly situated in Shellharbour, Nowra and recently launched in SunCrowd Newcastle, NSW, although he has received calls from places as far afield as Alice Springs, Broken Hill and Melbourne. He finds people are keen for information on dispatch and storage of power.

Specialising on local communities seems to resonate with Germany where ownership of power has been returned to local communities. And of course in Australia with the development of rooftop solar despite the drop in feed-in tariffs. At the same time he has found problems in achieving grants and government funding and has found ARENA rather bureaucratic compared with the US which has provided millions in Government grants. ARENA seems to favour large organisations such as AGL.  Hopefully he says his submissions will change this but there is certainly room for that considering the present Prime Minister speaks regularly of "innovation"!

(Summary written by Bev McIntyre)

The Coral ,Coal and Climate Candidates' Forum

This show was broadcast on Mon 27th June 2016

Mark Butler ALP
Josh Frydenberg Libs
Sen Janet Rice Greens in the senate
Adam Bandt Greens Melbourne
Professor Peter Christoff at Melb Uni
Natalie Isaacs  -1 million women = natalie.isaacs@1millionwomen.com.au

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Tim Forcey: 22 ways to cut your energy bills

How to save money on power bills

This is a headline which should be of interest to everyone!

Beyond Zero's Kay and Michael speaks to Tim Forcey, Energy Advisor, Melbourne Energy Institute, University of Melbourne talks about 22 things you can do to improve your home’s energy performance. And how to reach the ultimate goal of a home heated and powered by 100% renewable electricity. 

My Efficient Electric Home fb group - join us!

Tim has ideas on 22 ways of cutting power bills  and 38% off electricity and gas.  He said there is no economic reason for connection to the gas grid as gas has increased in price 75% over the last  5 years!  To make the production and usage of hot water  go further it is preferable to consider heat pumps and those with smart meters would find it simpler to trace one's usage regularly. It is possible to do this on line for the clever ones (my expression!)

But first on the list is to install LED lights  and thereby  using less power without heating and these are of course now being offered free of  charge. Next it is also a good idea  to ring retailers  to request what discounts are available ot to  threaten to switch if dissatisfied!

But before getting too technical adequate insulation is important  particularly hot water pipes and pressure release valves and a commonsense approach e.g. checking for draughts from old fireplaces and vents and the installatiom of old fashioned drapes and pelmets

Michael raised the question of showerheads which Tim said need not be either giving a satisfying shower or be saving hot water but could be both and if not satisfied could be returned! And that green power is provided by most retailers not only Powershop.

(Summary written by Bev McIntyre)

Further reading:

The Conversation: 22 ways to cut your energy bills (before spending on solar panels)

Presentation: Tim Forcey: How to cheaply and comfortably heat your home with renewable energy

Vote 1 Climate

This show was broadcast on Mon 20 June 2016


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As the election draws near join us to hear from:

- The Australian Greens Senator Larissa Waters
- Evan Hughes contesting the PM's seat in Wentworth
- PM Malcolm Turnbull adressing BZE forum 2010
- Jim Casey, Greens in Grayndler
- Natalie Isaacs - founder and CEO of 1 Million Women

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It's that time of year again for BZE's annual RADIOTHON!

This show was broadcast on Mon 13 June 2016

Please phone us between 5pm–6pm this Monday 13th June and pledge a small donation.
You can go on air and tell us about the climate action you are taking.


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Clay Collier

Clay Collier is serial entrepenur and Co-Founder of Kisensum, a Californian start-up software company dedicated to enabling the integration of energy storage to the grid. Their project at Los Angeles Air Force Base uses software that enables them to integrate energy storage, both mobile (EV's) and stationary to support the grid. Managing the largest vehicle to grid fleet in the world has given Kisensum a unique insight into controlling mobile storage and working with many vendors to complete a complex storage integration project.

The 2016 Solar Energy Conference in Melbourne

This show was broadcast on Mon 6th June 2016


Guests:
 
John Hewson-  Patron of the Solar Council-Former leader of the Liberal Party in Australia 
 
Fiona O'Hehir- Greenbank Environmental

Daniel Lawes- Inventor and owner POWER Diverter

Christine Milne- Patron of the Solar Council- Former leader of the Australian Greens-
 
John Grimes-  CEO Australian Solar Council

Wayne Smith - Australian Solar Council

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Hannah Aulby

Transition from Coal

Hannah Aulby grew up in Tasmania and she said she had an "environmentally aware youth" and her family were interested in environment matters .Since then she has travelled extensively globally, worked with Nick McKim, been Fundraising manager for BZE, Lock the Gate to mention a few. She is now Clean Energy Campaigner at the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF).

She mentioned the problem of mine rehabilitation where there is a big need for money to be available for mines at the end of their use. For example Hazelwood (Australia's dirtiest coal fired power station) whose owners are "considering" closure with insufficient funds to so. But there are many who merely desert mines and just leave without legal redress. So it seems then the taxpayer would have to foot the bill. There is also a need too for the communities to plan and have some alternative transition to alternative employment. There is of course too much coal in the system at present.

Hannah concluded by reminding listeners of the Forum - Coral, Coal and Climate Change forum on 16th June at Box Hill Town Hall with Lighter Footprints and  ECAM ( Eastern Climate Action Melb.) as joint hosts. Local candidates and politicians to attend with Rod Quantock as M.C. One can only wonder how/if he can make an endangered Great Barrier Reef light hearted!

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre)

Dr Helena I. Gomes & Dr Helen Baxter

      

Dr Helena I. Gomes and Dr Helen Baxter from the University of Hull in the UK are researching Vanadium - "the beautiful metal that stores energy".  Vanadium is the key element used in redox flow batteries which can store large amounts of energy almost indefinitely, perfect for remote wind or solar farms. 

Local Councils Aim For Zero Emissions

This show was broadcast on Mon 30th May 2016

Guests:

Stephen Bygrave-CEO Beyond Zero Emissions
Tiffany Harrison - BZE Byron Bay
Tayanah O'Donnell - Research fellow  Iniversity of Canberra
Dr Amanda Cahill - Director of the Centre for Social Change
Simon Richardson- Mayor of ByronBay Shire

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Read More:

http://www.centreforsocialchange.com.au/ourpeople/

http://www.governanceinstitute.edu.au/people/fellows/person-3107/tayanah-odonnell

https://soundcloud.com/sydney-ideas/coastal-vulnerability-to-sea-level-rise

http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/habitat/climate-change-news/how-can-your-bank-help-reduce-climate-change-risks-to-your-home/82573

 

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Glen Morris

Glen Morris talks about the recent Solar 2016 conference and release of the Battery installation guide by the Energy Storage Council.

Glen Morris is Vice President of Australian Solar Council and Energy Storage Council and well-known in the industry as an expert on solar systems and battery storage. Glen said he has been interested  in electronics and energy since aged 13, has been and still is a teacher of renewable energy courses throughout Australia. He mentioned that the Australian Solar Council is now unbelievably 55 years old and the oldest in the world. Listeners would be , as this writer was, amazed to hear this fact considering the state of play in this country for the last few decades. 

With the Energy Storage Council he said that because there are no installation standards for the large range of newer battery technologies (such as Lithium), there was a need for the Australian Battery Guide to fill in the gap. This battery guide is not only an installer guide, but also a consumer guide for householder (and they are seeking feedback on it). Of course with the cost of solar products falling and the subsequent rise in availability there is a need for prospective buyers to have information on risk factors and reliability available  - and naturally  concerning storage so that one does not have to find the time to wash the dishes and the washing at midday or, as the previous Prime Minister used to remind everyone that "the sun does not always shine and the wind does not always blow"!

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre)

Check out Glen's other podcasts:

Glen Morris VP Australian Solar Council

Dr Aaswath Raman

Dr Aaswath Raman of Standford University is cofounder of a startup called SkyCool Systems. They are one of several groups commercializing an energy-efficient cooling approach that takes advantage of the coldness of space, based on relatively recent advances in the ability to manipulate light at the nanoscale.

In 2014, Aaswath's group published a paper in Nature in which they showed that a device designed to combine the optical properties of three different materials, arranged in stack of multiple layers, cooled to nearly 5 °C below the ambient air temperature. This proved that “the cold darkness of the Universe” can be used as a renewable resource, “even during the hottest hours of the day,” wrote the researchers.

The Sky may hold the secret to Efficient Air-conditioning

Nature: Passive radiative cooling below ambient air temperature under direct sunlight

Miriam Lyons

Miriam Lyons is Senior Campaigner - Renewable Energy at GetUp! She is co-author (with Nicky Ison) of the new report by GetUp! and Solar Citizens called Homegrown Power Plan, which shows how we can repower Australia's homes and businesses with 100% renewable power by 2030.

Tom Quinn

Tom Quinn on the future of food 

Tom Quinn is Executive Director of the Future Business Council which represents innovative, sustainable and resilient businesses that will define our future economy. He has also worked in the Sustainability area at the  City of Melbourne. Tom joins the Beyond Zero radio team talking about his early upbringing on a farm which he attributes his interest in wildlife and his subsequent choice of occupation. His interests have broadened to include issues such as 'green' buildings, organic food production, health and nutrition, sustainable irrigation and afforestation, to mention a few.

Tom points out that Australia has a "unique opportunity" with the approach of the end of the mining boom in considering "what comes next". He stresses that there are numerous vested interests and lack of bipartisan support which result in "missed opportunities". However, "there are lots of smart people here" in Australia who are able to transform environmentally sustainable ideas into commercially viable projects. One of the important aims for the future is "carbon draw-down", i.e. taking carbon out of the atmosphere. There are many ways to do this, one of which is reforestation.

Tom announced an event on the future of food security in Hobart on 8th June in conjunction with the University of Tasmania Business School, and hopefully engaging with the Tasmanian community on issues of sustainability and productivity.

The Future Business Council has released The Next Boom report which has found compelling evidence that sustainability should not be seen as a cost, but a business opportunity. Tom also talks about the climate policies we would like to see for the upcoming federal election. 

BZE's Michael also mentioned the Coral, Coal and Climate Change forum on 16th June at Box Hill Town Hall which is sponsored by Lighter Footprints, an active local environmental organisation. Comedian Rod Quantock will be present, as well as local and other candidates, including Shadow Environment minister Mark Butler and local member Josh Frydenberg.

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre)

The Hottest Year, the Hottest Fight

This show was broadcast on Mon 23rd May 2016
"Climate Change is just about the most unjust thing humans have been able to figure out who to do." – Bill McKibben, Hobart April 17, 2016
350.org in association with "The Guardian Live", presents Bill McKibben as he talks about the reality of global warming and what it means to have just come out of the hottest year on record.

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Brendan Condon

Positive moves towards a sustainable society

Brendan Condon is Managing Director and co-founder of Australian Ecosystems, an integrated company specialising in ecological land restoration. He is also Director at The Cape sustainable housing project and Biofilta Stormwater Solutions

Brendan Condon believes we have been "sitting on our hands" regarding matters relating to climate change for too long and ignoring the urgent need for a serious vision for the future. Who could argue with that? Certainly the P.M. would agree that this is an "exciting time"  but they would have amazingly different paths. Brendan has chosen to develop the means of capturing and re-using the storm water that we see flowing down our gutters carrying all the rubbish into the Bay, instead to capture the pollution by means of a plant filtering system. One of the largest of these systems of returning and re-using this water is in the Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne.

Another of his areas of challenge and developed expertise is the development of good design in sustainable housing (e.g. The Cape Paterson sustainable housing project). He points out that apart from environmental grounds there are marked improvements economically with the rise in the price of gas coupled with the drop in the price of solar.

Other projects of interest include the development of vertical and horizontal gardens useful for city dwellers for urban food production, community gardens, autonomous electric vehicles (probable in the next decade), when one can read a book on the way to work!

All this should be of interest to anyone planning a home, living in the city or merely caring about the importance of food and water and waste management for the present and the future.  

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre)

Building a Resilient Community - celebrating the wins

This show was broadcast on Mon 16th May 2016



'Beyond Coal and Gas Conference' Part 2

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New alliances unite people against coal and gas. We hear about the challenges facing those who know there is no carbon budget it has to all stay in the ground.

John Hepburn - The Sunrise Project
Gadrian Hoosan - Booroloola Campaign against CSG in the Gulf Country
Leigh Ewbank - Friends of the Earth "Yes to renewables" Campaign
Wendy Farmer - Voices of the Valley - Repairing the damage of Morwell mine fires
Drew Hutton - Lock the Gate Alliance on mine rehabilitation

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Dr Stephen Bygrave

Dr Stephen Bygrave

Dr Stephen Bygrave on "Empowering Local Communities" 

BZE radio's Laura, Kay and Michael talked to Dr Stephen Bygrave, CEO Beyond Zero Emissions, who described Australia as a "solar paradise" and rated as third globally on the availability of renewable resources but of course rated most extreme when it comes to emissions per capita. Yet as Stephen says the coal industry is "static" and the COALition is "stuck in the old ways". 

This writer is often inclined to feel depressed at the criminal lack of progress and disinterest displayed in the development of renewables so Stephen feels like a breath of fresh air - somewhat equivalent to that of Tasmanian air being sold to China in tins! Travelling widely it seems, Stephen's plans include developing blueprints for  change  across different states and sectors. Addressing the welcome drop in the cost of batteries he says not to forget the importance of agricultural emissions frequently not so recognised, but no less important than renewables (which he described as "more sexy"). The agricultural sector of course includes land use, land clearing, production and wastage of food, water, transport etc. all of which mainly driven by local communities as it seems are most such progressive movements.

On closing Michael mentioned the Newcastle demonstration. which was held the previous weekend where they were watching some of the coal ships depart and estimating each ship to be the equivalent to 100, 000 cars on the road!  So much for Adani v the Great Barrier Reef!

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre)

Warriors Beyond Coal and Gas

This show was broadcast on Mon 9th May 2016

'Beyond Coal and Gas Conference' Part 1
This conference drew citizens from India, Indonesia,the Pacific and remote areas of Australia. Their common cause is to prevent the land grabs and climate destruction of coal and gas projects.

Guests:
Jessica Panegyres, Greenpeace Australia Pacific's Forest Campaigner
Arif Fiyanto Greenpeace Indonesia
Aunty Mabel Quakerwoot
Joseph Zane Sikulu
Ramesh Agrawal ramesh.agrawal@gmail.com  http://www.goldmanprize.org/recipient/ramesh-agrawal/

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Read More:
https://www.greenpeace.org.au/blog/great-barrier-reef-coral-bleaching-photos/

https://newmatilda.com/2016/05/11/solomon-islands-already-lost-five-atolls-climate-change/

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What do Climate Scientists get up to in Antarctica?

This show was broadcast on Mon 2nd May 2016

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We go behind the scenes and talk live to the scientists currently working in and studying the Antarctic. Their work deepens our understanding of the role the region plays in the global climate system, and the implications for marine ecosystems.

Dr David Etheridge - CSIRO
Dr Sue Cook - Glaciologist - University of Tasmania
Prof Tony Worby - CEO acecrc.org.au




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Dr Euan Ritchie concerning biodiversity

Dr Euan Ritchie joined the BZE radio team, speaking about the need to recognise we have a biodiversity crisis in Australia. Over the years we have lost 30 of our mammal species.We invest very little in our natural environment and there are many reasons for this:

-The government (and people) do not realise the economic value of nature e.g, every dollar spent on management can equal $75 that can be recouped on tourism.

-Those in government departments, who have the required knowledge are often gagged (e.g. alpine grazing) and therefore funding can be threatened to be withdrawn

-Short election cycles and vested interests and governments which are not practised at long term decisions

-Population moves from country to city so then people do not have a daily experience of nature

What to do: If we have open spaces this can help to reduce stress (and sometimes then reduce crime) and improve health. Perhaps excessive population growth plays a part as we live on a finite planet but it is more important to recognise and be aware of reducing our per capita consumption and not to live beyond our means. The Greens are pivotal but there is a need for cooperation between parties so there is a national focus rather than merely political.

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre)

Further reading:

Fire safety in solar PV installations

BZE radio is joined by Alessandra Chiaramonte (Alex), Austin Smith & Zachary Hood  - an university student research team from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in the US. They have recently completed a report on the effectiveness of DC isolators for fire safety in solar PV installations in Australia, in collaboration with The Alternative Technology Association (ATA).

Feeding Ideas to Government for the "TRANSITIONS ELECTION"

This show was broadcast on Mon 25th April 2016 


Friends of the Earth Australia brought Carteret Islanders here on tour and Lyn Bender talks about meeting Ursula Rakova (pictured).

Nikola Casule is from Greenpeace and will highlight the Great Barrier Reef and the urgent need to stop exporting coal. 

Claire O'Rourke will talk about the report Solar Citizens and GetUp! commissioned on policies and HOW to remove the actual government roadblocks on the way to 100% renewable energy. 

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Read More:
https://www.greenpeace.org.au/blog/great-barrier-reef-coral-bleaching-photos/

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Prof Kate Auty: Environment IS us

Professor Kate Auty, new Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment brings a wealth of knowledge and experience on Arts/Law, Environmental Science and Aboriginal Affairs. She enumerates similarities between these main areas. "Environment IS us" and climate change is pivotal to everything including water, transport, energy, bio-diversity etc. But leadership (seriously lacking) is important, not that of Napthine for example, who used the term "climate variability" which insinuates that climate change is a natural phenomenon that will right itself.  There is need for leadership such as demonstrated by Cathy McGowan in Indi who has shown a welcome propensity to listening and communicating, and one is reminded of the present Labor initiative such as the old-fashioned town hall meetings etc.

Kate tells us, our present ecological footprint is "outrageous" and 3 times the world average. We need more worlds! (Having a timley interview with the BZE radio team) the 22nd of April is also date for ratifying Paris agreements and Greg Hunt is participating (this accompanied by cynical laughter in the background by BZE interviewers present). 

Despite all this Kate says people should not despair, that BZE is a "standout organisation" and she enumerated some positive grassroots initiatives. We must look to the future with a new approach. One is reminded of Tim Flannery's comment that stress needs to be put now on adaptation rather than on mitigation.  

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre)

Further reading:

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