Our Great Green Debate team returns to the arena to tackle the politicisation of climate change, how communities can make a difference, and the role of peaceful protest in changing policy.  

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.

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.

Show notes | The following were referred to in this episode:

Podcast: Great Green Debate

Climate emergency rejected by Australia’s Parliament

Super-Power (Ross Garnaut)

Bushfires in Australia

Democracy Sausage: David Speers

Review of Labor’s 2019 Federal Election Campaign

Hazelwood power station closure

Declaring a water emergency – Quentin Grafton and John Williams (Policy Forum)

The Great Stink

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