Posts Tagged ‘sustainable transport’

Screenshot from Duolingo, translation from French to English is: I like walking; I don't take the car.
Screenshot from Duolingo.

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We discuss no longer being car-free but still believing cars are the number one enemy, individual and structural actions for sustainable transport and food systems, and visible versus invisible disabilities. In discussing how effective different actions are in tackling climate change, we refer to the article The climate mitigation gap: education and government recommendations miss the most effective individual actions by Seth Wynes and Kimberly Nicholas.

Graph showing low, moderate and high impact actions for the climate.
This image is from the Wynes and Nicholas article linked to above.

We also do some taste testing of vegan products from the Vegan Grocery Store, featuring: Future Farm Plant-Based Tuna, Chuckie Creme Egg and Hands Off My Chocolate Bites – Candy Choc Crispy. This vegan tasting segment is NOT a paid advertisement or sponsored segment or anything like that, it’s just something we felt like doing!

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Who Sold Out Now? by Ignite.

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car free kt and emil

Nick’s cousin Emil with Katie being creative in their car-free living.

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On this episode we give practical advice on living car-free, including:

  • Think of alternative transport options when you’re choosing where to live.
  • If possible you can choose to rent a furnished place to avoid having to move big items.
  • Wheels are your friend: use trolleys, bags with wheels etc to carry bulky/heavy stuff.
  • Use delivery services to buy in bulk (only occasionally or that will have a high environmental impact!). We do online orders through sites like Who Gives a Crap for toilet paper and Veganpet for vegan dog food.
  • Use a car share like Car Next Door for the rare times you do need access (not ownership) to a car.

We also discuss shitty Mercedes-Benz ads, Adam Ruins Cars and some recent stories from Media Watch.

We finish the episode by covering the Grattan Institute report on housing affordability in Australia, high rise apartments and population.

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David Rovics ‘I’m a better anarchist than you’, Behind the Song: Lowkey discussing ‘Ahmed’, Bushwalla ‘Gangsta’.

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Following on from our discussion with Kirsten Bayes from episode 164, this part of the discussion covers stopping arms fairs and linking human rights and animal rights.

These fossils are testing my faith! From the British Museum – see the link below for more of our pics from our UK trip.

We also discuss our trip to the UK – you can view some photos from our trip here. We focus on London, and specifically our visit to the British Museum, great bike lanes, the Creating Space Project project and vegan/vegan-friendly restaurant recommendations for London: Club Mexicana – Camden, Zizzi – Charlotte St, Vegan Hippo. See Katie’s photos and reviews on Happy Cow for more.

Great bike lanes in London – see the link above for more pics from our trip to the UK.

We also discuss the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (we keep this discussion right until the end of the episode and there are plenty of spoiler alerts).

We were in the UK to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – see the link above for more pics from our trip.

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M.I.A. ft Jay Z ‘Boyz’, Bill Hicks ‘Dinosaurs’, Our interview with Kirsten Bayes, Myq Kaplan – from the album ‘Small, Dork and Handsome’, Suggested FriendsI Don’t Wanna Be A Horcrux For Your Soul’.

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This episode is all about activism against the Abbott government as well as activism more generally. We have an interview with Andrew Kelly on the #tunnelpicket protest movement against a new road development in Melbourne that will destroy communities and privilege road travel over public transport. You can find out more about this campaign and how to get involved through the website and The ‘No East-West Tunnel’ Pledge Facebook page. You can find out more about the issue of sustainable transport on our 25th episode. We also have an interview with Helen Cox from Plan to Thrive on sustainable activism, avoiding activist burnout, recovering from an Abbott victory, the importance of activists building support networks and community care.

Beyond the interviews, we discuss the importance of unionism in resisting Abbott’s attacks against workers, Nick’s meme ‘Oskar Schindler was a People Smuggler’, pro-refugee graffiti, the refugee rally ‘Stop Abbott Not the Boats’ (thanks to Left and Correct podcast) and B’s run to raise money for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. We also cover some environmental and animal rights news and activism. We discuss calls for repressive new laws targeting animal activists in Australia, Luc’s meme on “eco terrorism”, the new Climate Council, dog fighting in Aotearoa, linking opposition to dog fighting to other forms of animal oppression, Banksy’s animal-themed display, Animal Liberation Victoria’s ‘Animals Are Not Ours’ silent demonstration, Katie’s animal activism in Geneva, saddest slaughterhouse video ever shows no blood or slaughter, Team Earthling’s 100th episode,, Veganomicon cookbook, and living healthy and vegan while on a low income. Other stuff covered on the episode was: the Ozpodcast Directory, Phonebloks by @davehakkens, Reclaim the Night, consent, stereotypical activists, Palmer United and the Australian Motorists Enthusiasts party form an alliance in the Senate, possums fight back against Abbott, the upcoming event in Perth ‘What’s Next for the Australian Left?’ and the Profits of Doom documentary. Once again we discuss ‘What’s Grinding Our Gears This Week’ – this time it’s the Abbott government’s cuts to Centrelink (the Australian government’s welfare agency).

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Tenacious D ‘The Government Totally Sucks’, Family Guy, Tim MinchinFuck the Poor’, The Lawrence ArmsDrunk Mouth Kitchen Smile’, The Simpsons ‘Protest Song’, The Castle, Left and Correct podcastStop Abbott Not the Boats’, Interview with Andrew Kelly, Anti-Flag ‘Underground Network’, Tiki Taane and Paw JusticeEnough is Enough’, Root of all Evil?, Sweeney Todd ‘A Little Priest’, Austin PowersPeep Show (Series 1, episode 4), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – part two, Interview with Helen Cox, Catherine Snedden ‘Tony Abbott Blurred Lines’.