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ANU Learning Communities presents


Great Green Debate




17th October 2019


T2 Cultural Centre Kambri, ANU Building 153, University Avenue Canberra, ACT 2601


John Hewson, Imran Ahmad, and Shane Rattenbury



‘People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction’, 16-year old climate activist Greta Thunberg warned this week.

Addressing climate change has become a matter of existential and urgent concern. Each year, ANU Learning Communities has been engaging in these discussions through the Great Green Debate. This year the panel will discuss whether Australia should declare a climate emergency.

To tackle this question, the Debate will be joined by:

Dr John Hewson AM – He is the former leader of the Federal opposition, economist for the Australian Treasury, the Reserve Bank, the International Monetary Fund and advisor to two successive Federal Treasurers and the Prime Minister.

Dr Imran Ahmad – He is Founding Director of Future Earth Australia, WWF-Australia Governor, former Director of East-Asia and Pacific at the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).

Minister Shane Rattenbury – He is the ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability.

Dr Elizabeth Hanna – She is Senior Fellow, Fenner School of Environment & Society & Climate Change Institute, and Chair, Environmental Health Working Group, World Federation of Public Health Associations.

Former journalist, Asia-Pacific policy expert and Communications and Engagement Manager at Crawford School of Public Policy, Martyn Pearce, will be chairing the debate.

Co-host for the discussion will be Professor Sharon Bessell, Director of Gender Equity and Diversity, and ANU lead of the Individual Deprivation Measure (IDM).

Following the debate, various student groups will join over drinks to discuss the diverse and interdisciplinary ways they are engaging with climate change.

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