May 12, 2021

Hope comes from real actions

Hope comes from real actions

With Deb Punton from Greensong Ecopsychology, 14-year-old climate activist Aruba Faruque from Bangladesh and Janine Duffy from Koala Clancy Foundation.

The Sustainable Hour no 362Guests in our Tunnel on 12 May 2021 are:[12:40] Deb Punton from Greensong Ecopsychology tells of her work in Deep Ecology and “The Work that Reconnects”. Her work aims to connect us with nature – if we see ourselves as part of nature, we become much more eager to protect it, rather than trying to exploit it, as this is one of the things that got us into the mess we are in. Her current focus is taking people through a book by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone called ‘Active Hope’. She explains the importance of this work in building resilience in people working for a better world. It’s an antidote to the “burn out” that often accompanies this work. Deb introduces the idea of “honouring our pain” – expressing the strong feelings associated with the pain needs to happen so we don’t carry them around and be restricted by them.[30:30] Following Deb we have 14 year old climate activist Aruba Faruque from Bangladesh. Right from the start we see that Aruba could easily be seen as “Bangladesh’s Greta Thunberg”. She tells us why she is so passionate about the work she does to educate people in her country about the dire nature of the situation we face. She also tells us the importance for her of getting involved in the International Day of Action against Fossil Fuels on Saturday 26 June. She is part of the organising committee for this day which she sees an a very important to call out fossil fuel companies for the death and destruction they have caused all over the planet she loves so much. In addition to this it’s an opportunity to show the extent of the world wide opposition to fossil fuel companies and their toxic products.

[50:25] Our final guest for today is our regular koala correspondent Janine Duffy – founder and CEO of the Koala Clancy Foundation. As always Janine champions her beloved koalas and tells us what’s up front there. She starts out by saying just how bleak the future is for koalas. She counters this concern by overseeing the planting thousands of trees – 45,000 this year. Most in the Geelong district, but this year also in East Gippsland on the edge of areas that were burnt out in the 2019-2020 Summer. She issues a challenge to all residents of Geelong and district to become custodians of trees.

“I got very passionate because I saw that not enough people were doing enough about the climate crisis… I thought I could do something… Time is running out and we are walking… I know that I am really young and small, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t do anything… I felt pressure to act to protect our planet and the billions of young people like me… we are losing our right to life which is a basic human right.”~ Aruba Faruque, 14-year-old Bangladeshi climate activist

[01:04] Today Mik Aidt starts with an angry delivery of news that only a fifth – nowhere near enough – of the trillions of dollars currently being spent on economic recoveries from the Covid pandemic around the world, are being spent on a true sustainable recovery. Another good reason to join the Australian school children on Friday, when, once again, they go on schoolstrike for climate.

[04:25] Colin Mockett‘s Global Outlook is a good contrast to that. It is filled with positive stories. He starts with the news that with less than 200 days to the global Glasgow Climate Summit,