Introducing Kyla Brettle, radio and audio creative veteran, reading aloud her review of Rebecca Huntley's latest, and much-loved, look at what makes effective climate conversation.
Then, hear an episode from the phenomenal End Game Podcast Project, from Castlemaine. The work of Kyla and Rob is audiophonic theatre for your ears.
If it inspires you to campaign for your local council to declare a climate emergency, here's some resources that'll help!
And two previous episodes on the network about Council CED's:
End Game 'Problem 'Solved' shownotes:
Last year I became really invested in whether or not my local council would declare a climate emergency. The vote happened shortly after a monumental petition signed by 400,000 Australians wanting the federal government to respond urgently to climate change - went nowhere. I withdrew my hopes like small change from national politics and I fell into worrying about what would happen to me and my little family as climate change worsens.
A declaration of a climate emergency is a bit of a weird thing to long for - or at least it seemed so before 2020, when normal didn’t include firestorms and pandemics. At the time I was awakening to the grim reality of our situation - reading long essays about tipping points and deep adaptation - weeping before youtube videos of floating fish and blazing rainforests - coming adrift over plastic waste in a supermarket isle. I wrote about this in my blog. Unable to withstand the tide, I made the inevitable shift from being concerned about climate change to being alarmed.
My man and I talked about moving to New Zealand - a relative crevice in the cliff facing the storm. For my part, I realised I didn’t want to leave this country - that in some way I had to stand by it. So my focus shifted to the local - a place where I felt I could have some kind of influence - and that took me to my first town meeting about the climate crisis.
At the Climate Emergency Town Hall Meeting, November 2019
The speeches at the start of this soundwork are from this Town Hall event - set up to share information about climate change in our shire and the most recent petition to declare a climate emergency. This is where the story started for me. In the photo taken at the event I’m sitting in the front row with the red shoes - a few seats down from fellow sound person and local creek dweller, Rob Law. We didn’t know one another then, but a few months later we started collaborating on this sound project.
Initially we thought this audio sequence would open the podcast series we intend to make out of the story site - but now we are not so sure.
co-Produced by Kyla Brettle and Rob Law
Sound Design by Kyla Brettle
Music by Rob Law
Jodi Newcombe, Rob Law, Kyla Brettle
Town Hall Speakers: Warwick Smith, Harriet O’Shea Carre & Heather Cummins
Councillors: Bronwen Machin, Stephen Gardener, Dave Petrusma
Sound recording of Owlet Nightjars, courtesy of Listening Earth, Andrew Keogh
Town Hall Recording by Twofold Media
MAS Council Recordings on youtube
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