Climate action speeches at the Sustainable Living Festival 2017

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RIGHT ON CLIMATE

John Hewson on climate change and conservative thinking

As the polarisation of ideology in our local and global communities continues to grow, the need to find effective ways to bridge this widening gap is critical. John Hewson explores how to engage with people on the ‘Right’ of the political divide who don’t see climate change as a real and imminent threat. What strategies and approaches are effective for critical engagement and climate action.

This session at the Sustainable Living Festival with John Hewson and David Spratt spread light on political topics which are important to understand – including the non-alternative fact that the public is being deliberately held in confusion – and that renewables now provide cheaper electricity than coal.

The session was moderated by Carolyn Ingvarson of Lighter Footprints and it was streamed live to Facebook by Michael Staindl on 11 February 2017 at 1-2pm at the Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne.

Duration: 43 minutes

PRESENTERS
• John Hewson, Former leader of the Liberal Party
• David Spratt, Climate Policy Analyst
• Carolyn Ingvarson, Lighter Footprints (Chair)

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DIG DEEPER

There is new research on communicating about climate change with conservatives after Brexit:

» Climate Outreach – 6 February 2017:
Guide: Public engagement with climate change post-Brexit: a centre-right perspective

» Background briefing by George Marshall, director of projects at Climate Outreach Information Network


“One of the more frustrating aspects of energy policy is that it begins and ends with electricity prices and the over-arching issue of climate change is a side issue.”
Greg Jericho

» The Guardian – 16 February 2017:
Electricity pricing is confusing and that’s why they’re using it to mislead us



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GREAT DISRUPTION TO GREAT TRANSITION

In this feature event at the Sustainable Living Festival, Paul tackles the controversial topic of wartime economic mobilisation to restore safe climate conditions.

Paul Gilding knows it’s ​​time to face the climate ​reality, that​ only a WWII scale of mobilisation will lead to climate victory.

Paul has spent 35 years trying to change the world, doing everything he can think of. He’s served in the Australian military, chased nuclear armed aircraft carriers in small inflatable boats, plugged up industrial waste discharge pipes, been global CEO of Greenpeace, taught at Cambridge University, owned and run two ground-breaking sustainability focused companies and been a close confidant and advisor to the CEOs of some of the world’s largest companies.

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COMMUNICATION ABOUT THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY

Discussion with the panelist:
• Miriam Lyons – GetUp! Renewable Energy Campaigner (MC)
• Janet Rice – Federal Senator
• Philip Sutton – Sustainability Strategist
• Bryony Edwards – Local government safe climate campaigner

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THE LAST 11 MINUTES OF THE SESSION

A question from the floor and the final comments from the panel

Recorded on 12 February 2017 at 4-5pm at the Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne.





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» Exploring the critical role local councils can play in reversing global warming
Session with Darebin Councillor and panel

» Melbourne festival aims high: “Big impact for big change”
Interview with Sustainable Living Festival director Luke Taylor

More speeches and panel discussion will be uploaded to this page as we get them ready.



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