Sept. 14, 2021

Climate solutions not pollution

Climate solutions not pollution

The Sustainable Hour no 380 with Rosie Brodie from the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and renegerative farmer Les Harrison.

Another sustainable hour is ready to hit the airwaves. The 380th of its kind.

In The Tunnel we start today with yet another stark, but at the same time necessary question. This time using a report from the World Meteorological Organisation about the critical nature of the climate crisis we face, Mik Aidt asks us to consider how any more people need to die from extreme weather events before we give this crisis the same attention as what the Corona virus is getting world wide.

Our first guest is Rosie Brodie who is the Australian Youth Climate Coalition’s Schools’ Program Manager. We learn what it is about AYCC that attracted them, firstly as a volunteer, and now as a program manager.Rosie also outlines two programs that AYCC are currently running: The organisation is supporting people to have conversations with their communities about what climate justice means to them through a peer-to-peer fundraiser called “Speak Up for Climate Justice”. You can find out more information about getting involved or donating here. Funds donated go towards supporting young people to take action on campaigns, growing their movement, up-skilling the youth climate movement and pushing hard on their new campaign “Climate Solutions, not Pollution”. As part of their new campaign they are asking people to tell how they’ve been impacted by climate change and where they want to see public money going, instead of to greedy gas corporations. You can help AYCC by filling out this survey here.

For anyone involved in a school who is interested in finding out more about AYCC’S School Program, go to where you can register that interest. Someone will contact you and organise for one of their workshops or talk about other ways of working together as solution seekers for climate justice.

Rosie’s fellow guest is Les Harrison – a fifth generation farmer from the Stony Rises. A fascinating wide-ranging discussion about the true costs of, and reasons for, industrial farming ensues. We learn all about Les’ pathway to regenerative farming, a pathway that started over 15 years ago with a desire for green grass over summer.Over this time, Les has become convinced that it has to be the future of farming, both for financial reasons, for the good of the land and for people’s health. However, he understands how and why chemical farming came about and how it’s like being on a treadmill of chemicals chasing chemicals for many farmers. He doesn’t judge these farmers, he invites them to regenerative farming field days where they see the results for themselves.

Colin Mockett‘s Global Outlook this week begins in Amsterdam where Greenpeace executive director John Sauven called for a moratorium on trade deals with ‘countries like Australia’… “until they improve on their weak climate targets and end deforestation”. This in the wake of reports detailing how British ministers dropped specific climate change commitments from their trade deal with Australia.

This came as a new study published in UK’s Nature journal concluded that 95% of Australia...