Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Environmentality 29 January 2014, Ursula Alquier, Lock The Gate Alliance

Hi Environmentalitists,

We had a punchy show today with a fabulously passionate Ursula Alquier, Victorian Coordinator for Lock the Gate Alliance talking with us on the landline.

Along with Ursula's passion we had our guest presenter, John, raising his voice and asking Tony (Tony Abbott that is), to quit coal and move to renewables.

A great win for  the town of
Poowong and the
 Lock the Gate Alliance
It would be a great thing if our humble radio spot and this blog were able to move the Prime Minister even milimetres in the right direction.  So it is fortunate for our beautiful country that we have organisations like Lock the Gate Alliance joining forces with other environmental organisations and community groups to stop the pillaging and destruction of our water resources in search of more coal and gas reserves.

Over the years, Australia has had some great success with environmental campaigns, stopping the damning of the Franklin River is quite a famous victory, but also the anti litter campaigns; Keep Australia Beautiful and Tidy Towns competitions.  A more recent win in the far north of WA is the backdown by Woodside to develop the James Price Point gas hub.  Lets not forget the residents of Tecoma that have been all the way to the USA to fight the building of McDonalds in their area. All of these campaigns were successful because communities stayed strong and supported each other to fight for what they believe in.

Make sure you listen to the show

I forgot to mention in last weeks' blog that we spoke with Greg Foyster, who has written a book called Changing Gears, a Pedal Powered Detour from the Rat Race.  Greg and his partner headed off from Tassie to Far North Queensland and interviewed lots of people living sustainable lives, which he has turned into a great read.  Thanks Greg!

Next Week we are sticking with things closer to home and talking with Caroline Overbeek from Hume City about the Environmental Champions

Music played today

Bernard Fanning, Kites from the album Kites
Don Walker, Hully Gully from the album Rock
Pete Seeger, Little Boxes
Adalita, Trust is Rust from the album All Day Venus

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Environmentality 22 January 2014 - Jamie Hanson, Australian Conservation Foundation

Happy New Year Environmentality listeners and readers

I hope you all had a restful Christmas and New Year and will have time to listen to the last three shows, which are now uploaded on the the site.

Due to a malfunction in the studio communication system on 8 and 15 Jan we were unable to have our guests on, however, Jaime managed to snag himself an articulate, educated and passionate environmental activist by the name of John Merory as his co-presenter.  Thanks John for bringing some couth and culture to Environmentality.

Our first guest of the year was Jamie Hanson, Climate Change Campaigner for the Australian Conservation Foundation.  Thanks very much Jamie for talking with us.

The ACF do an incredible amount of work lobbying government and business on a wide range of environmental/sustainability issues.  With the current federal governments stance on anything to do with the environment the ACF  certainly has their work cut out for them.  Make sure you listen to the show

In the first two shows of the year 8 Jan and 15 Jan John and Jaime talked about many different topics (including the heatwave Southern Australia had) but the recurring theme was what impact we as individuals can have on making our environment cleaner, healthier and more sustainable.

There are always plenty of ideas thrown around; Use the car less, get on your bike, use public transport, install water tanks and have them hooked up to your toilet, ask your landlord to do the same, grow your own vegetables.  Buy Australian made produce, buy local produce, be aware of where your food is coming from and how far it has traveled.  Recycle your plastic bags.  All of these things mean different things to different people, so tell me

A fairly new community movement, The Transition Towns movement is a great way to contribute and be part of the community you live or work in.  Transition Towns started in Ireland and has spread around the world.  Australia is embracing the movement.  To find a Transition Town close to you go to the Transition Network site.

There are times though when the power of words is the best change maker. Some people are great writers, so get your fingers working, write to your local, state and federal reps, don't write once, twice or three times, keep writing.  The little itch you cause may turn into a large one which then makes that all important change.


There was an ecclectic mix of music played over the past three weeks;
Amy Kilpatrick, The CatEmpire, Reservoir Dogs movie soundtrack, James Brown, The Marquees, Queen, Tex Perkins, Lisa Miller


We have a Ursula from Lock The Gate on the line, don't miss it!

We also have a week of hot weather coming our way.  Try and look out for any elderly neighbours as they some of our most vulnerable at this time.

Don't forget to leave us a comment or tell us who you would like to hear on the show.

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