eNews May 2020


Hello from Sustainable Living Tasmania

The perfect time for clean energy investment 
Man holding up solar panel to sun.

If there was ever any doubt about the enormous impact humans have on our environment, the coronavirus pandemic has put them to bed. After just a few short weeks of global lockdowns, the natural environment has bounced back. Almost immediately, we began to see images of crystal-clear canals in Venice, the Himalayas visible from distant Indian cities, the satellite pictures of dissipating air pollution over some of the world’s busiest cities. More recently, scientists have speculated about how a drop in underwater noise pollution may be good news for whales and other marine mammals.

CO2 levels have plummeted as factories, schools and workplaces have closed. You don’t need electricity to air condition an empty building, nor transport to reach your work-from-home setup. Mindbogglingly, oil prices have turned negative as producers run out of places to store fuel that no one needs.
(Erin Buttermore, SLT Board Member)

COVID 19 musings 
New leaf growth

Have you heard of the Overton Window? No, it is not a new style of triple-glazing. It is a political science concept named after the person who first articulated it. ‘The Overton window is the range of policies politically acceptable to the mainstream population at a given time. It is also known as the window of discourse’, according to Wikipedia. I read about this in an article by David Korten in the YES blog. He writes in the context of the US situation but it really resonates for us all.

I have been participating in many Zoom-mediated discussions – my COVID19 life when not gardening, cooking or reading. Seems we have an opportunity to make real change because the foundations have been really shaken and we see what really matters. Suddenly the pitiful Newstart is being doubled; national deficits are no longer terrifying; we are sharing with our neighbours and building networks of support; kids are playing in suddenly quiet streets; we are questioning our Tasmanian dependence on overseas tourism and complex supply chains; and we have learned that we cannot take nature for granted – healthy ecosystems are key to our survival. We are talking about ‘building back better’. The Overton window has been widened.

We need to make sure no-one gets left out of the support that is offered by government right now but let’s also talk about and advocate for a socially fair and ecologically sound reconstruction post COVID 19.  Please read David Korten's article.
(Margaret Steadman, SLT Vice-President)

Imagining a Future Beyond Climate Change (member contribution)
Light globe with desert inside.

Members opinion piece, and doesnot necessarily represent the opinion of the SLT Board.
from: the SLT February newsletter - What’s in store for Sustainable Living Tasmania in 2020?
"We are developing long-term programs of work that provide real, transparent and replicable change to our carbon footprint by focusing on the education and lower income sectors of our State."
While Sustainable Living Tasmania is imagining its future, many people are concerned about their own futures in a post climate change and post coronavirus world.
Recently I attended a meeting of the Friends of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, dealing with Climate Change and related issues. One of the speakers was Peter Friederici of the School of Communication at Northern Arizona University. He spoke of the public's responses to the consequences of Climate Change and aspects relating to the denial many have.




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