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Podcast: Beyond declaring a climate emergency

15 November 2019

Episode summary

On this special Policy Forum Pod, our Great Green Debate dream team returns to the arena to field the remaining questions from our live-event audience, tackling the politicisation of climate change, how communities can make a difference, and the role of peaceful disruptive protest in changing policy.

Episode notes

As the nation is ravaged by bushfire and drought, and as yet another political row breaks out over the role of climate change in all this, our Great Green Debate all-star team comes back for the second leg of the Great Green Debate cup clash. On this episode, Shane Rattenbury MLA, Dr Liz Hanna, and Dr Imran Ahmad take on a wide range of audience-submitted questions from our recent live event, looking at why it is high time to speak about climate change in the context of Australia’s dramatic bushfires, how we can ensure a just energy transition, and what peaceful protests can really do to spur climate action. Listen here.

Imran Ahmad is Founding Director of Future Earth Australia, former Director of East-Asia and Pacific at the Global Green Growth Institute, and an Honorary Associate Professor at the Fenner School of Environment and Society.

Shane Rattenbury is the ACT government’s Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability.

Liz Hanna is a Fellow in the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment and Chair of the Environmental Health Working Group, World Federation of Public Health Associations.

Marija Taflaga is a lecturer in the ANU School of Politics and International Relations. Her major research is on political parties and particularly the Liberal Party of Australia. She has previously worked in the Australian Parliamentary Press Gallery as a researcher at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Martyn Pearce is a presenter for Policy Forum Pod and the Editor of Policy Forum.

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