Planet Talks at WOMADelaide 2013

Quick guide to the talks:

ALL PLANET TALKS at:
Stage 6 Speakers Corner

SATURDAY 9 MARCH – FOOD SECURITY & SUSTAINABILITY

TAKING CARE OF OUR OWN PATCH
Midday – 1.00pm / Hosted by Robyn Williams
Speakers: Simon Bryant, Ronni Kahn & Costa Georganis

FOOD SECURITY & SUSTAINABILITY
4.00pm – 5.00pm / Hosted by Bernie Hobbs
Speakers: Dr Dana Cordell, Prof Randy Stringer & Graham Brookman

SUNDAY 10 MARCH – ACTIVISM & CHANGE

CAN GOVERNMENT RISE TO THE CHALLENGE OF CLIMATE CHANGE?
1.00pm – 2.00pm / Hosted by Robyn Williams
Speaker: Giles Parkinson, Prof Ian Lowe, Anna Rose

ACTIVISTM & ‘SLACKTIVISM’
5.00pm – 6.00pm / Hosted by Bernie Hobbs
Speakers: Anna Rose, Miranda Gibson and Urthboy (The Herd)

MONDAY 11 MARCH – POPULATION GROWTH

POPULATION & CONSUMPTION
1.00pm – 2.00pm / Hosted by Robyn Williams
This will be a one-on-one ‘In Conversation’ between Paul Ehrlich and Robyn Williams.

THE ELEPHANTS IN THE ROOM: THE LIMITS TO GROWTH
5.00pm – 6.00pm / Hosted by Bernie Hobbs
Speakers: Paul Ehrlich, Graham Turner & Prof Corey Bradshaw

Planet Talks at WOMADelaide 2013  Planet Talks at WOMADelaide 2013
I will be doing some media work for the Environment Institute at the University of Adelaide at WOMAD this year. Last year we had a separate ‘EarthStation’ event, this year there will be a series of talks during the WOMADelaide event.

wp.me/pp6py-1lw Blog post about Paul Erlich’s involvement
@womadelaide
#womadelaide
#womad
@internode
@conservbytes

http://www.adelaide.edu.au/environment
http://www.womadelaide.com.au/getting-there – MAP
http://www.womadelaide.com.au/documents/womad2013-map–2.pdf

SATURDAY 9 MARCH – FOOD SECURITY & SUSTAINABILITY

TAKING CARE OF OUR OWN PATCH
Midday – 1.00pm / Hosted by Robyn Williams

With agricultural land being lost to urbanisation, climate change threatening productivity and the costs of production rising, we can no longer take the food we enjoy for granted. But is there anything we can do as individuals? By reducing wastage, selecting local and seasonal produce where possible, and even growing our own veggies, the panel discusses how a happier and healthier society might be as simple as taking care of our own patch.

Speakers: Simon Bryant, Ronni Kahn & Costa Georganis

FOOD SECURITY & SUSTAINABILITY
4.00pm – 5.00pm / Hosted by Bernie Hobbs

Is there enough food to feed the world’s growing population? What impact might climate change, water shortages, poor soils and crop disease have on Australian agriculture in the future? Does science have the answers to these questions or do we need to change our attitudes and behaviours toward food? Join our expert panel as they examine the pressing issues which underpin global food security.

Speakers: Dr Dana Cordell, Prof Randy Stringer & Graham Brookman

SUNDAY 10 MARCH – ACTIVISM & CHANGE

CAN GOVERNMENT RISE TO THE CHALLENGE OF CLIMATE CHANGE?

1.00pm – 2.00pm / Hosted by Robyn Williams

Our politicians have available to them most of the good advice and information that they need to be able to address a coherent response to climate change. Yet the response thus far has been slow and piece-meal, with both ideology and fear of the political consequences of radical action de-railing or holding up key policy initiatives. How can we play politics with the very future of the planet and human civilisation on the line? What are the barriers to decisive action? Can the democratic system actually deliver the necessary response in time? Our panel of political insiders and commentators probes the most confronting policy issue facing leaders around the world.

Speaker: Giles Parkinson, Prof Ian Lowe, Anna Rose

ACTIVISTM & ‘SLACKTIVISM’

5.00pm – 6.00pm / Hosted by Bernie Hobbs

How can you draw attention to, and fight for, the issues you care about? Can a social movement or a change to government policy come about by simply ‘liking’ something on Facebook, or is that a feel-good, slacker’s form of activism? This session’s panellists have used their powers of persuasion in many diverse ways; through books, music, docos, the internet and social media. They will talk about engaging, successful and modern forms of activism and advocacy.

Speakers: Anna Rose, Miranda Gibson and Urthboy (The Herd)

MONDAY 11 MARCH – POPULATION GROWTH

POPULATION & CONSUMPTION

1.00pm – 2.00pm / Hosted by Robyn Williams

For the first time an array of interconnected problems is moving a global civilisation toward collapse. Driven by increasing overpopulation and overconsumption by the rich, these dilemmas include climate disruption, loss of ecosystem services, global poisoning, depletion of resources (especially soils and groundwater), and the threat of vast famines, epidemics and resource wars.

This will be a one-on-one ‘In Conversation’ between Paul Ehrlich and Robyn Williams.

THE ELEPHANTS IN THE ROOM: THE LIMITS TO GROWTH

5.00pm – 6.00pm / Hosted by Bernie Hobbs

214 years ago Malthus wrote: “The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man”. In 1972 the Club of Rome commissioned The Limits to Growth. This landmark report,using a sophisticated model to simulate the interactions between the Earth’s systems and mankind’s relentless development, proposed that unchecked population and economic growth would lead us to exceed the planet’s carrying capacity.Recent updates by the authors and others, along with analysis advanced by writers such as Jared Diamond (Collapse) have led to grave concerns that we are heading for a precipice of societal collapse. Are population growth and a commitment to endless economic growth not the twin ‘elephants in the room’ of the sustainability debate?

Speakers: Paul Ehrlich, Graham Turner & Prof Corey Bradshaw

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