While our national government continues to embarrass us on climate action at home and abroad, take a look at this inspiring video by Jon Dee of Do Something, co-ordinator of RE100 Australia, and veteran of a long running series on Sky News on sustainable businesses, to see some of the good work underway…outside of government.

The video was made as a presentation to the UK Net Zero Festival and it focuses on work achieved by RE100, Sun Cable, Sundrop Farms, South Australia, Future Feed, Hyundai, GoTerra and Tritium Charging, a Brisbane-based company whose fast chargers charge electric vehicles in 41 countries.

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  1. Without demonstration projects, including those identified by John Dee there’s little to show others what change can look like. So showing the ‘face’ of change is effective in some way.

    But, as Greta Thunberg and others make clear, demonstration projects can’t prevent climate collapse increasing to existential dimensions in, I think, the science makes clear, the next 10 years.
    The need to distinguish between demonstration projects and sustainable climate is persuasively explained, as I read it, and these words extracted from this article: “Sustainable development may be “politically convenient”, he argues, but it has no real meaning in a world driven by exponential consumption and powered by unlimited extraction.

    “As a physical concept, [sustainability] is impossible. Life itself is a physically consumptive process.

    “The only way we can actually preserve things for the future and look after the environment is to change how we live, to use fewer resources, to value things in another way.”Even renewable energy technologies eventually need to be replaced, he points out. While they might be better for the environment, they’re not cost neutral. They consume resources over the course of their lifespan and through the systems constructed to distribute the energy they generate.” – and available here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-07/the-myth-of-sustainable-development/100504448