Oct. 14, 2020

Change of mindset to take Geelong forward

Change of mindset to take Geelong forward

Geelong Council candidates Tom O’Connor and Stephanie Asher together with Carl Obst, director of IDEEA Group, give their views on what will take the municipality forward.









While our Hiatus in the Tunnel continues, on 14 October 2020, we focus on a panel of three giving their views on what a ‘Clever & Creative’ Geelong needs to do to transition to a post-Covid and post-carbon world. Our panelists, in order of appearance, are:



Tom O’Connor, a candidate standing for the Bellarine Ward as well



Stephanie Asher, City of Greater Geelong Mayor in caretaker mode and now a candidate standing for City of Greater Geelong’s Bellarine Ward in the local government election



Carl Obst, director of IDEEA Group, the Institute for Development of Environmental-Economic Accounting



Colin Mocket’s global roundup begins with the ongoing US wildfires, now in their third month with the smoke reaching as far as Europe. Californian governor Gavin Newcomb is quoted: “It only underscores our urgency to address head on the issue of climate and climate change, and to double down on our efforts here in California.” Meanwhile in London, the Energy Transitions Commission announced its seven key priorities for a Covid recovery, all of which are angled toward climate change with the top one being ‘Unleash massive investment in renewable power systems’. And finally, back home, the Top 40 list of tax-dodging companies was released with ExxonMobil Australia again topping the list. The company has had an income of $42.3 billion over the past five years in Australia, but, through a complicated avoidance structure, it has paid no tax during that time.



If you haven’t already, it’s time to #VoteTheDifference







“We need to recast the environmental and social discussion into the finance and economic mindset which is dominating the decisionmaking.”~ Carl Obst, director, IDEEA Group









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Acknowledgement



We at The Sustainable Hour would like to pay our respect to the traditional custodians of the land on which we are broadcasting,