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UTSpeaks: Progress or procrastination? (Part 3 - Chris Riedy and open forum)


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Can Australia lead the way with an effective climate action program?

Why is local and global action on climate change taking so long? Why are politicians, the media, scientists and industry chasing each other’s tails on the urgent issue of reducing carbon dioxide pollution? Almost two years on from the anticlimactic Copenhagen climate change summit, CO2 emissions are still rising. Why aren’t Australians willing to invest in protecting the future survival of their descendents?

This interactive forum takes stock of the current CO2 emissions and carbon tax debate and considers how a positive climate action program could work with the big polluters as well as foster community groups and households to be powerful change agents.


Dr Ian McGregor
Ian McGregor is a Lecturer in the UTS School of Management and researcher in the global politics of climate change, with a particular focus on the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009 and Cancun Climate Summit in 2010. He is also part of the Steering Committee of Climate Action Network Australia and works closely with Climate Action Network International on a variety of global climate change policy issues.

Associate Professor James Goodman
James Goodman conducts collaborative research into social movements that pursue global justice and climate justice. He is a political sociologist concerned with ecological change and how societies respond to it. His current work puts special emphasis on the role of grassroots mobilisation in addressing the climate crisis.

Dr Chris Riedy
Chris Riedy is a Research Director at the Institute for Sustainable Futures and President of the Climate Action Network Australia. He has particular expertise in energy policy, climate change response and socio-cultural change. He works as a facilitator and change agent to help deliver personal, organisational, systemic and cultural responses to sustainability challenges.

UTSPEAKS: is a free public lecture series presented by UTS experts discussing a range of important issues confronting contemporary Australia.

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UTSpeaks: Progress or procrastination? (Part 3 - Chris Riedy and open forum)

  1. 1. 28 September 2011<br />1<br />UTSpeaks: Progress or procrastination?Chris Riedy - 28 September, 2011<br />
  2. 2. Chris Riedy, UTSpeaks, 28 September 2011<br />(Re)engaging communities in climate change response<br />28 September 2011<br />2<br />
  3. 3. Why should communities be engaged?<br /><ul><li>We will all feel the impacts of climate change
  4. 4. Principle – impacted communities should be empowered to influence the outcomes</li></ul>28 September 2011<br />3<br />
  5. 5. Why should communities be engaged?<br /><ul><li>We will all feel the responses
  6. 6. Principle – impacted communities should be empowered to influence the outcomes</li></ul>28 September 2011<br />4<br />
  7. 7. Why should communities be engaged?<br /><ul><li>Carbon politics – need bipartisan support but politicians will not move until sufficient votes are on the line
  8. 8. Carbon markets – businesses respond to market pull</li></ul>Photo: AYCC<br />28 September 2011<br />5<br />
  9. 9. Climate Change Think TankWhat can you do?<br />6<br />21 September 2011<br />Source: ACF Consumption Atlas<br />
  10. 10. 28 September 2011<br />7<br />Three influences on what we do<br />The self<br /><ul><li>Knowledge
  11. 11. Values
  12. 12. Attitudes
  13. 13. Frames
  14. 14. Habits</li></ul>The system<br /><ul><li>Local context
  15. 15. Technology and infrastructure
  16. 16. The financial landscape
  17. 17. Rules and institutions</li></ul>The group<br /><ul><li>Friends, family, peers, communities
  18. 18. Media
  19. 19. Social norms
  20. 20. Art and culture
  21. 21. Collective decision-making</li></li></ul><li>Sometimes we can’t afford to do things that make sense<br />Zero carbon home<br />Never pay an energy bill again<br />Extra cost will pay for itself in 11 years<br />But, adds 15% to upfront cost<br />Pay-as-you-save loan<br />Loan to pay for zero carbon features<br />Repayments from energy savings<br />If you move, the loan stays with the home<br />28 September 2011<br />8<br />
  22. 22. Clean Energy Future package<br />Carbon price will provide some financial incentive<br />Micro-finance (no interest loans) for low-income households to buy energy efficient appliances<br />Nothing of note for other households<br />Need to overcome legacy of botched household insulation, Green Loans and feed-in tariff schemes<br />Great ideas, poorly executed<br />High consumer demand<br />28 September 2011<br />9<br />
  23. 23. 28 September 2011<br />10<br />Three influences on what we do<br />The self<br /><ul><li>Knowledge
  24. 24. Values
  25. 25. Attitudes
  26. 26. Frames
  27. 27. Habits</li></ul>The system<br /><ul><li>Local context
  28. 28. Technology
  29. 29. Financial incentives and penalties
  30. 30. Rules and institutions</li></ul>The group<br /><ul><li>Friends, family, peers, communities
  31. 31. Media
  32. 32. Social norms
  33. 33. Art and culture
  34. 34. Collective decision-making</li></li></ul><li>A community consensus?<br />“if we are to have a price on carbon and do all the things necessary for our economy and our society to adjust we need a deep and lasting community consensus about that. We don’t have it now.”<br />Julia Gillard, 24th June 2010<br />28 September 2011<br />11<br />Photos: Mugfaker (top), ErlandHowden (bottom)<br />
  35. 35. Can we move up the spectrum of participation?<br /><ul><li>Current approach informs and (barely) consults
  36. 36. What would collaborative or empowered decision-making look like?</li></ul>28 September 2011<br />12<br />
  37. 37. A citizens’ assembly on climate change?<br /><ul><li>Gillard Government botched its first attempt at this idea – could it be resurrected?
  38. 38. World Wide Views on Global Warming, 26 September 2009</li></ul>28 September 2011<br />13<br />
  39. 39. 28 September 2011<br />14<br />Three influences on what we do<br />The self<br /><ul><li>Knowledge
  40. 40. Values
  41. 41. Attitudes
  42. 42. Frames
  43. 43. Habits</li></ul>The system<br /><ul><li>Local context
  44. 44. Technology
  45. 45. Financial incentives and penalties
  46. 46. Rules and institutions</li></ul>The group<br /><ul><li>Friends, family, peers, communities
  47. 47. Media
  48. 48. Social norms
  49. 49. Art and culture
  50. 50. Collective decision-making</li></li></ul><li>Where is the inspiring vision?<br />Futerra, Sell the Sizzle (2009)<br />“Threats of climate hell haven’t seemed to hold us back from running headlong towards it”<br />“We must build a visual and compelling vision of climate heaven”<br />28 September 2011<br />15<br />We should be framing climate change as an opportunity<br />Better cities<br />Healthier lifestyles<br />Green jobs<br />Renewable energy superpower<br />A resource of the imagination (Hulme)<br />
  51. 51. Vision in the Clean Energy Future package<br />Shifts in the framing<br />From climate change to carbon pollution to clean energy future<br />Similar shift towards positive visions in the US<br />But a slogan is not a vision and the Clean Energy Future Package does little to inspire<br />28 September 2011<br />16<br />
  52. 52. Communities can’t do it alone<br /><ul><li>A polycentric approach to learn by experimenting
  53. 53. Action across all scales, by all sectors
  54. 54. But, communities can provide the spark</li></ul>28 September 2011<br />17<br />