TG13: Cooperatives for a fair & sustainable future (with Dan Musil, Chris Barfoot & Dickie Savva)
In this episode, Angelo and James joined the gang at Earthworker Energy Manufacturing Cooperative at their Morwell factory for a chat about how the cooperative business model challenges the idea that we have to choose between the economy and the environment. Our guests were three legends of the Valley, Dan Musil, Chris Barfoot and Dickie Savva, who gave us the low-down on the state of the Valley and how the Earthworker Energy Manufacturing Cooperative isn’t waiting for a fairer and more sustainable future to arrive - they’re building it (and you can, too!).
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About our guests in this episode…
Dan Musil is a Morwell local, Secretary of the Earthworker Energy Manufacturing Cooperative, PhD candidate at Western Sydney University, and a spectacular musician (you’ve gotta check out Dan on the lapsteel!)
Chris Barfoot is the project officer for the Latrobe Valley Community Power Hub. Chris has worked in the energy sector in the Valley for over thirty years, which primed his passion to pave the way for a just transition.
Dickie Savva was born and bred in Morwell. He’s a stainless steel welding and fabrication specialist and coordinates operations at the Earthworker factory in Morwell.
Other stuff we talked about….
The Earthworker Cooperative is the mothership for cooperatives, including the Earthworker Energy Manufacturing Cooperative in Morwell, and the Melbourne-based Redgum Cleaning Cooperative.
The Earthworker Energy Manufacturing Cooperative is now in production, building high quality solar hot water systems. If you’re in the market for an upgrade, you can learn more at https://earthworkerenergy.coop/.
And The Gloaming’s co-host James mentioned an essay he published recently on Medium, which you can check out here: Pontoon Archipelago, or: How I learned to stop worrying and love collapse.