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EARTHCHAT: Reflections

31 Dec 2021 & 1 Jan 2022:

EARTHCHAT REFLECTIONS: BEAM members contemplate the events of 2021 and explore priorities for 2022.

Join Ruth and fellow BEAM members, Phil Bourne, Jessica Bateman, Bernadette Young, and Brian Bowring as they reflect on the good and not so great outcomes that came out of the last two Covid years. What feels important to focus our energy on in the year ahead?

Topics will include the latest United Nations IPCC scientific report showing that the world will probably reach or exceed 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) of warming within just the next two decades. Whether we limit warming to this level and prevent the most severe climate impacts depends on our actions taken this decade.

BEES! Not enough food for them this Summer!

Australia's indigenous community welcome us white fellas to country. They say it’s time to reimagine Australia.

The People’s Assembly of Victoria, led by indigenous elders continue to negotiate a treaty for all Victorians with the Victorian State Government. Is the colonial tide turning to dismantle racism in Australia?

The future of work, based on a green economy: Re-powering Australian manufacturing with renewable energy means thousands of new jobs in the regions, massive economic opportunities and rapid emissions reduction.

Non government initiatives and achievements - which organisations need our support in 2022? Examples: - Exciting new green innovations such as the world's most powerful small wind turbine has come out of the Hunter Valley, ( - The bio-digester that turns farm waste into fertiliser and electricity…..( - Bettafield Piggery, has invested millions of dollars in an advanced biogas system that not only meets all its own electricity needs, but feeds extra back into the grid. ( Mitchell Shire take note!

Ethical investments, or socially responsible investing, are reaping a better return than the ASX over a 10 year period.

A national leader with a readiness to lie, and a reflex to do so when under pressure. The truth is precious - let’s not take it for granted! What will the outcome be to 2022’s federal election?

Exciting announcements about protecting the Tallarook Ranges and the Goulburn.

Books and music that emerged from people’s creativity during the pandemic, for example: Growing up disabled in Australia edited by Carly Findlay.

And much much more!

EarthChat on 103.9 Seymour FM on Friday, Christmas Eve, at 10am, repeated on Saturday, Christmas Day, at 8am and also podcast.

Listen up and get fired up.

Tune in to BEAM's radio program EarthChat each Friday on Seymour FM at 10am or to the repeat on Saturday at 8am.

Time to tune in, listen up and get active EarthChatters!

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