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Artists take on Climate action


Imagining the future may be our most important survival skill. Think how artists like Jules Verne, George Orwell and W.M Turner shaped the perceptions of their society. Tonight we explore how wind turbines fit in to the new aesthetic, how carbon rations would revolutionise society and how Antarctica is a “James Bond” like setting for an eco thriller. Beth Shepherd and Vivien Langford talk to - Painter Kerrie Leishman and writer L.A. Larkin. They introduce the U.K. writer Saci Lloyd and the Punk band Strawberry Fistcake.

Kerrie Leishman- Painter of The new Beauty?
Paintings available at Gallery Savah 02 93609979

Kerrie talks about her initial dislike of wind turbines in the landscape around Clunes, where she grew up. Comments however, from people who saw her exhibition in Ballarat, touched her. She realised that just as her attitude had changed, her painting are now changing the attitude of our fellow citizens.

“This exhibition is about reconciling our aesthetics and our way of life with a sustainable economy
and society. We need to think deeply and cannot afford to be so superficial in our relations and
our responses to constructive change”

Saci Lloyd- Author of Carbon Diaries 2015 and Carbon Diaries 2017 (Hachette Childrens). Readings from the diaries with music from Punk band Strawberry Fistcake to set the scene will whet the appetite to read Saci Lloyd’s books by the end of August when she will appear on the BZE radio show.

L.A. Larkin author of Thirst
Action that hits like an icepick in the back of the head”. John Birmingham

L.A. Larkin writes to entertain. But she believes environmental thrillers have a role to play in encouraging public debate. She set Thirst in Antarctica because she wanted the potential climate change catastrophe to have huge global ramifications. The disaster of this story could actually happen. The Pine Island Glacier – where the story is set - is in the news, because there are fears that an area the size of New York City is about to collapse.

To research Thirst, L.A. Larkin, went to Antarctica. She says it was like living a James Bond story: turbulent seas, glaciers the size of small countries, and abandoned stations eerily left as if the inhabitants would return at any moment.

Apart from running thriller writing workshops, she gives talks in schools on Antarctica and has appeared at numerous writers’ festivals in Australia and the UK.

BZE interviews Cara Sandys and April Seymour

Vivien Langford speaks to some people involved in the recent Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne.

She talks to Cara Sandys, Freeconomy pioneer, who gives books away and builds community spaces for tough times.
Vivien also speaks with April Seymour, who thinks that throwing away is going away. She helps people gain skills to repair or reimagine things.

Prof Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Director of the Global Change Institute (GCI), The University of Queensland


Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is currently Foundation Professor and Director of the Centre for Marine Studies at The University of Queensland. He is the inaugural Director of the Global Change Institute (GCI) and also heads a large research laboratory (over 30 researchers & students) that focuses on how global warming and ocean acidification are affecting and will affect coral reefs now and into the future.

Ove is also a regular contributor to the media (including Beyond Zero radio) and an advisor to numerous organisations and to government. Ove joins Beyond Zero's Scott, Andrew and Anthony to talk about the latest climate change issues in this critical decade.

Ove is interviewed in the documentary film, Bimblebox, which is about the Nature Refuge in Western Central Queensland, facing destruction to make way for Clive Palmer’s China First Coal mine.

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Danny Kennedy Sungevity

Danny Kennedy is co-founder of Sungevity, a global leader in the residential solar industry, and author of "Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy-- and Our Planet-- from Dirty Energy".  A long-time social entrepreneur, Kennedy has achieved global recognition as an innovator, spokesperson, and opinion leader in the clean-tech industry. Prior to Sungevity, he was the Campaigns Manager for Greenpeace Australia Pacific. In 2001, he ran Greenpeace's California Clean Energy Campaign, the success of which helped lead to the current California Solar Initiative. Born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in Australia, Kennedy now resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and serves on several nonprofit boards.

Sungevity has recently arrived in Australia and is helping non-profit organisations raise funds for their important work by spreading solar solutions to their supporters.

Join the Rooftop Revolution with Sungevity

Danny Kennedy has his own! site called The Solar Ascent.

Laura Eadie, Centre for Policy Development (CPD)

Laura Eadie is the Research Director for the Sustainable Economy Program at the Centre for Policy Development (CPD). Laura is co-author of the report 'Going solar: renewing Australia’s electricity options', which looks at electricity prices and renewable energy policy, the rapid drop in solar technology costs, and the cost and risks associated with ‘business as usual’.

Going solar looks at the key role rooftop solar will play in our future electricity system, and makes a series of practical policy recommendations to maximise the benefits of rooftop solar while minimising the cost of integrating it into the electricity system.

Download Going Solar report here.

Bruce Mountain

Bruce Mountain, Director at Carbon and Energy Markets Australia  (CME), has just completed a study comparing power prices from around the world. Australia's electricity prices have doubled over the last five years, making it near the highest in the world.

Rising electricity prices - how rooftop solar helps

Riggs Eckelberry, President and CEO of Origin Oil, converting algae into renewable oil

Beyond Zero's Anthony Daniele talks to Riggs Eckelberry, President and CEO of Origin Oil, a Californian company helping algae growers convert algae into a renewable crude oil which is a direct replacement for petroleum in the production of transportation fuels, chemicals and plastics. OriginOil’s patent-pending, next-generation 'Biocrude System' technology is set to enhance algae biomass harvesting and oil extraction, to take advantage of benefits such as

Benefits of Producing Algae Oil
* Algae is fast growing – each oil-producing cell can mature in just hours
* Algae is oil-rich — contains as much as 60% of its dry weight in oil
* Algae is carbon neutral – meaning that it does not affect climate like petroleum
* Algae is fuel efficient – as much as 1000 times more productive than corn

Riggs has a long history in the technology management sector and is now utilising these skills in the alternative energy sector. In January of 2011, Riggs Eckelberry was named to the Advisory Board of the National Algae Association.

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.


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?

Craig Roussac CEO Buildings Alive

Craig Roussac is CEO and co-founder of Buildings Alive, an independent energy efficiency information service for building owners and operators.  Craig is a Fulbright Scholar, a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney and previously director of the Investa Sustainability Institute's program of action research for sustainability in the built environment. 

Prof Stephen Maldonado - low cost silicon for solar cells

Professor Stephen Maldonado is Principal Investigator of the Maldonado Group, Department of Chemistry at the University of Michigan. The professor of chemistry and applied physics is leading a group of scientists involved in chemical sensing and renewable energy technologies. His team has developed a new way of making crystalline silicon that could make solar cells much cheaper and greener.

The study, titled "Direct Electrodeposition of Crystalline Silicon at Low Temperatures", researched a liquid metal technology to make silicon crystals directly at just 180 F (degrees Fahrenheit). Crystalline silicon in modern electronics is currently made through a series of energy-intensive chemical reactions with temperatures in excess of 2,000 F and produces a lot of carbon dioxide.

Dr Paul Willis, Director Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Paul Willis

Dr Paul Willis is Director of Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus), an organisation that communicates the importance of science in everyday life. Dr Willis speaks about connecting the dots between recent extreme weather events and climate science. He also talks about the role of the media in communicating science.

Joakim Hauge CEO, The Sahara Forest Project

Joakim Hauge is the Chief Executive Officer and Board member of The Sahara Forest Project and holds an MSc in biology from Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis at the University of Oslo.

Tim Kelly, The Conservation Council of South Australia

Tim Kelly is CEO The Conservation Council of South Australia (Conservation SA), a peak body representing our 50 member groups whose main purpose is conservation and protection of the environment. Combined, these groups represent over 90,000 South Australians.

Conservation SA is an independent, non-profit and strictly non-party political organisation.

Prof Ray Ison

Prof Ray Ison holds chairs at Monash University, where he is Professor, Systems for Sustainability (located in the Monash Sustainability Institute) and the Open University (UK), where he has been Professor of Systems since 1994. He has an established international reputation in Systems scholarship and has made significant contributions through his research, teaching and consultancy in the areas of systems practice and social learning, systemic environmental decision making, ‘knowledge transfer’, design of learning/inquiring systems and agricultural systems.

Ray’s work has found practical application in diverse fields including water management, organisational change, staff induction, Higher Education reform and rural development and recently, climate change. Ray’s most recent book is ‘Systems Practice: How to Act in a Climate Change World’ 2010. His other most recent work investigates how social learning could be employed as an alternative governance mechanism for managing complex, or ‘wicked’ situations, particularly water catchments and other multiple stakeholder settings.

BZE interview Pisay Lee, Simon Cunich and Dr Coral Wynter about how climate change is affecting food security in developing countries

This week's show takes us to Cambodia and Venezuela. We look at how climate change is affecting poorer countries and the ways in which they are making plans for their food security.

BZE's Vivien Langford speaks to Pisay Lee; a community worker from Cambodia, Simon Cunich; film maker and Dr Coral Wynter, biochemist and author.

Repower Port Augusta

South Australia is already leading the way with renewable energy. Will it be the first state to host a Baseload Solar plant? The old coal fired power station is reaching the end of its life and there is a keen community interest in replacing it with Concentrated Solar Thermal (CST) Power with storage. Will the BZE plan to Repower Port Augusta become a reality? CST technology can be stored and dispatched around the clock.

Beth Shepherd and Matt Grantham interview Dan Spencer from AYCC,
Hannah Aulby and Mark Ogge from Beyond Zero Emissions.

Occupy Movement, climate activism and BZE's plans for 2012

BZE's Nick Carson speaks with Melanie Sluyter from Occupy Wall Street. They discuss the relationship between the Occupy movement and climate change activism. Melanie also talks about the Occupyer's Earth Summit which will run in parallel with the upcoming Rio Earth Summit in June.

In the next part of the program, Vivien Langford speaks to BZE's Pablo Brait, Mark Ogge and Emma Carton about what's going on within Beyond Zero Emissions, and our organisation's plans for 2012.


President Obama's landmark climate change speech

Following on from the popular format of the Dr Nikki Williams podcast, Beyond Zero's Anthony Daniele and Matt Grantham review President Barack Obama's landmark climate change speech delivered on June 25, 2013 at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Carbon Rations


War time food stamps and drought time water rations are something we’ve lived with. What would happen if we lived within a carbon budget?  Would this equitable scheme energise the whole population to take climate change solutions seriously? Many people have told us it’s an idea before its time. What do you think? Send a message to

Under the scheme, everyone would be given an annual carbon allowance to use when buying petrol, gas, electricity and flights. Anyone who exceeds their entitlement would have to buy top-up credits from individuals who haven't used up their allowance. The amount paid would be driven by market forces and the deal done through a specialist company.

Vivien speaks to UK author Saci Lloyd, who has dramatised the social impact in her two novels Carbon Diaries 2015 and 2017. Then Dr Gary Egger talks about Australia’s own trial of carbon rations. Later Beth interviews Professor Jerry Vanclay from Southern Cross University about an experiment in Carbon Footprint labelling.

Saci Lloyd is the creator of Punk Rock Character Laura, whose life under carbon rations and wild weather takes us to the very heart of human resilience. BZE radio speaks to Saci about her books The Carbon Diaries 2015 and The Carbon Diaries 2017 and about the system of carbon rations that shape the worlds presented in the books.

Dr Gary Egger is Professor of Lifestyle medicine at SCU. His trial of carbon rationing on Norfolk Island may show just how manageable a reduced dependence on  cars and fossil fuelled electricity can be. Tourists are eager to try themselves on the carbon ration cards and Islanders are happy to move away from their convict origins to being an Island of sustainable living.

Professor Jerry Vanclay is the Dean of Science at Southern Cross University and head of the School of Environment, Science and Engineering. Together with his students, Professor Vanclay put carbon footprint labelling on trial in a local supermarket. BZE radio speaks to him about how this experiment worked, what the results were and what the future may be for carbon footprint labelling.

BZE interviews Donna Luckman from the Alternative Technology Association about how to talk to green architects without shyness

Vivien langford speaks to Donna Luckman from the Alternative Technology Association. Donna wants to overcome our shyness with architects and green designers.

As part of the Sustainable Living Festival, Donna hooked people up on speed dates to get them on track to make those energy efficiencies and home improvements we know will enrich our lives.

Gaynor Hartnell, Renewable Energy Association (REA)

Gaynor Hartnell is Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association (REA) UK, which was established in 2001, as a not-for-profit trade association, representing British renewable energy producers and promoting the use of renewable energy in the UK. 

The REA played a key role in shaping the Renewable Heat Incentive, stabilising the Feed-in Tariff following the expansion of solar PV, and kept renewables’ high on the agenda of the UK government’s Energy Bill which is currently passing through Parliament. 

As a follow up to the REPAP2020 project - Renewable Energy Policy Action Paving the Way for 2020 - Gaynor is now working to Keep on Track! which aims to track progress against the 2020 renewable energy targets and trajectory. Eurostat data from 2011 shows that the UK is currently performing well and should have met its 2012 target of 12% renewables.

Download the UK Energy Watch App to see the real-time renewable energy contribution to the UK grid.

Benjamin Mandel - LBNL - talks cool pavements

Today we talk to Benjamin Mandel from the Heat Island Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) to discuss cool paving and their cool schoolyards initiative which seeks to incorporate these solutions in schoolyards.

Ben talks to BZE's Matt Grantham and guest interviewer University of Melbourne's Chris Jensen who is working on similar projects at the University's faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning.

Australia's Climate Action Summit & the media

Vivien presents a collection of interviews from Australia's Climate Action Summit 21- 23 June 2013, focusing on the role of the media. Guests include:

John Kaye, NSW Greens MLC,

Jane Rawson, Author and Energy and Environment Editor for the online journal, The Conversation. The difference with The Conversation is that it's written by academics, not journalists; it is not-for-profit and receives no advertising revenu. 

Larissa Waters, Qld Senator and environmental lawyer.

Newcastle Coal Terminal Rally

Beyond Zero's Vivien Langford in Newcastle and Beth Shepherd cover the Newcastle rally in March 2013 to protest against the region's proposed fourth coal terminal. Thousands of people across the across the Hunter and New South Wales attended.

Vote Climate


Another election edition featuring interviews with Michael Pulsford, Melbourne Divestment Coordinator at, Jane Morton from Vote Climate, and Basil Byrne from Australian Student Environment Network (ASEN).

Mike Pulsford was one of the organisers for the Australian leg of Bill McKibben's 'Do the Maths' tour earlier this year, and is working to on the campaign. Jane and Vote Climate is a communication network linking community groups working on solutions to the climate crisis. Our network includes local climate action groups, groups opposing new coal and gas developments, groups protecting forests, and groups working for a rapid transition to 100% renewable energy. Then Basil tells us about ASEN, the network of student environment groups from around Australia committed to building grassroots movements for change.

John Farrell, Senior Researcher for the Institute for Local Self-Reliance

John Farrell is Senior Researcher for the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) in Minneapolis, USA, specializing in energy policy developments that best expand the benefits of local ownership and dispersed generation of renewable energy. He has written extensively on the economies of scale of renewable energy, the benefits of decentralized energy generation, and the policies and rules that support locally owned and distributed generation of renewable energy.
He is author of, a distributed generation resource.

He also wrote one of the leading summaries of feed-in tariffs for the U.S. electricity policy market titled, Feed-in Tariffs in America: Driving the Economy with Renewable Energy Policy that Works.
Twitter: @johnffarrell

Students of Sustainability Conference 2013

Beyond Zero's Nick Carson visits the 2013 Students of Sustainability (SOS) Conference, a national wide conference which was held at the University of Tasmania from the 5th to 9th of July.
Throughout the past twenty-one years, SOS has grown into the primary national environmental conference for students. Held in a different city every year, SOS spreads its unique, life-affirming, change-making energy to the Universities and communities that host it.

Peter Lynch, micro-hydro expert from Pelena Energy

Engineer Peter Lynch is Managing Director of Pelena Energy based in Dorrigo NSW and providing sustainable renewable energy products and integrated services in remote areas, including in the South Pacific.

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