Activism/campaigning

Brett Mashado

Brett Mashado talks about his passive solar designed Energy Freedom home in the lead up to Sustainable House Day. The site has no gas connection, and running costs are a fraction of their gas bill alone in their previous home. 

Brett and Gilda Mashado and their three children have been living in their home in Mt Gambier SA and collecting energy usage data for almost one year. He is planning to open his home for Sustainable House Day next year (He couldn't, due to work committments, for this Sunday 11 Sep. There are many other houses you can see so check out the website)

https://sustainablehouseday.com/

Brett's house features:

7.2 stars on the NatHERS rating 

Bondor construction

Sanden heat pumps for hot water

Heat pump hydronic heating, through skirting 

Very well sealed, with an air change rate of 2.05 per hour, which is equivalent to the best standards internationally (for naturally ventilated homes)

NO GAS connection

induction cooktop

3kW PV system 

... and much more!

Queeensland University of Technology (QUT) is collecting one year of opearating data on the whole house, as well as individual circuits, and analysing this for a report due out soon.

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)

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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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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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:

Clive Hamilton and Robert Manne talk about Paris

This show was broadcast on Mon 18th April 2016

Are scientists politically naïve demanding urgent emissions cuts?
Will government pledges need to be enforced by blockadia?
Is there hope for the climate at last?


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Read More:

http://www.latrobe.edu.au/news/articles/2016/release/is-there-hope-for-the-climate-at-last

http://podcast.bze.org.au/storage/climate-council_extreme-heat.pdf

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/issue/

http://muckrack.com/drvox

https://www.themonthly.com.au/author/robert-manne

Dr Sara Bice talks social licence

Need for understandable data on increasing prevalence of unconventional gas and its impact on sedimentary basins

The BZE team talks to Dr Sara Bice with a history of journalism, sociology and now research fellow at Melbourne School of Government, University of Melbourne. 

Dr Sara Bice spoke of the need to create a regulatory basis and need for management of underground resources considering sedimentary basins comprise to a great extent  Australia's primary energy and water for agriculture and general rural population needs - in particular relating to CSG. This will have major effects on environmental economy and communities.  There is of course a need for a baseline for the effects of CSG and fracking in particular and with a moratorium such as that in Victoria.  The growth in CSG wells in Queensland alone has amounted to possibly 40,000 from 3000 in 2003! There is in particular a need for a better connection between University research, industry and policy makers and for the use of social media to provide a strong platform and despite for example, AGL giving the reasons for withdrawal as being financial with no mention relating to the power of protests. Reference to  AGL and "the license to operate" was also made by Green's Jeremy Buckingham. Is "social license" controlled by companies?

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre)

Further reading:

Coal seam gas debate is more than hot air: Did community opposition have a role in AGL’s decision to quit exploration of natural gas?

The Sustainable Sensibility - Blog by Sara Bice

Sara Bice on The Conversation

Do mining companies have a "social licence" to operate?

Dr Sara Bice Awarded Research Fellowship

Renewable Energy Superpower

This show was broadcast on Mon 11th April 2016

China's State Grid Chairman says "The only hurdle to overcome is 'mindset'. There is no technical challenge at all."

Live recording from the Renewable Energy Superpower launch in Sydney.

The speakers will be:

Gerard Drew - Research Director, Beyond Zero Emissions
Tim Buckley - Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, www.ieefa.org
Emma Herd - CEO of Investor Group on Climate Change, www.igcc.org.au
Dr Mehreen Faruqi - Greens NSW MP
The Hon Mark Butler MP - Shadow Minister for the Environment

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Read More:

Electric Vehicles: http://www.mehreenfaruqi.org.au/greens-push-for-electric-car-incentives-in-nsw/

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