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2017 WOMADelaide Planet Talks - Valuing Indigenous Knowledge and Language

Speakers: Lewis Yerloburka O'Brien | Veronica Perrurle Dobson | Fiona Walsh | Zaachariaha Fielding

Host: Miriam Corowa


40,000 years of Indigenous Australians have maintained a sustainable relationship with every corner of Australia’s diverse environment via a deep listening tradition that preserves language, heritage and culture. In this panel respected Indigenous Elders, an Ethno-Ecologist and a young Indigenous rising star who sings in his country’s language will talk about this knowledge and how the future of Australian environmental conservation is linked to preserving and sustaining our indigenous cultures, heritage and languages.

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2017 WOMADelaide Planet Talks - Human Life on Mars

Speakers: Carmel Johnston | Josh Richards

Host: Robyn Williams


Is colonising Mars the next giant leap for humanity or is it a waste of time and money? Do humans need to be a multi planet species to avoid extinction as argued by Elon Musk? What have humans and the blue planet got to gain in the short term by practising and preparing to inhabit the Red Planet? Who better to ask than two of our favourite Martians, Australian Mars One candidate, Josh Richards and Carmel Johnston – Crew Commander of a year-long Mars Simulation mission.

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2017 WOMADelaide Planet Talks - Richard Fidler in conversation w/ Sir Tim Smit

Guest: Sir Tim Smit (UK)

Host: Richard Fidler

Former Archaeologist, music composer and producer, Sir Tim Smit is best known for his achievements in Cornwall in restoring the Lost Gardens of Heligan and co-creating the multi Award-winning Eden Project - a cradle of life containing world-class horticulture and startling architecture. Eden has become one of the world’s most popular man-made eco-tourism destinations with more than 16 million people visiting it since 2000. And that’s only part of the Tim Smit story…

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2016 WOMADelaide Planet Talks - Should We Trust Scientists?

Speakers: Naomi Oreskes | Tanya Monro | Karl Kruszelnicki

Host: Paul Willis

Is economic growth possible if we truly address climate change or will a transition require serious economic pain before any gain? Is coal about to disappear as fast as Kodak did and, if so, can new energy technologies deliver a ‘win-win’ for the environment and the economy? This panel features some of our foremost economic and political minds discussing the possibility of a new economy and clean growth.

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2016 WOMADelaide Planet Talks - What’s Love Got To Do With It

Speakers: David Suzuki | Indira Naidoo | Amelia Telford

Host: Robyn Williams

Is winning the battle for our hearts more important than the economy, politics and carbon numbers? As we increasingly live in cities is our society losing its connection with nature? If so, how might we change this? Our panel looks at cultivating love for the environment and how this helps bring about positive change at the human rather than political level.

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2016 WOMADelaide Planet Talks - David Suzuki Keynote

Speaker: David Suzuki

MC: Robyn Williams

For four decades Canadian David Suzuki has been one of the most prominent, articulate, passionate and effective advocates for our planet and its environment. At 79 he shows no sign of slowing down. Spend an hour with one of the greatest eco-warriors of our time.

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2015 WOMADelaide Planet Talks - Repairing the Blue Heart of our Planet

Speakers: Sylvia Earle, Charlie Veron, Bronwyn Gillanders

Host: Bernie Hobbs

Marine experts have warned that we are in the middle of an unprecedented high-risk period of marine species extinction. On our watch the world’s oceans and natural wonders like The Great Barrier Reef have borne the brunt of a potent combination of over-fishing, pollution, unparalleled mining and farming run-offs, the acidification of the seas caused by increasing carbon dioxide emissions and the disruptive results of rising water temperatures. Our panel, three highly regarded marine scientists, discuss the vast challenge ahead to reverse these dire predictions for our blue heart. As Sylvia Earle herself said - “life depends on the ocean, and to save it we must love it.”

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2015 WOMADelaide Planet Talks - Creating Hope

Simran Sethi in conversation with Sylvia Earle

Host: Bernie Hobbs

Simran Sethi and Sylvia Earle are two of the world’s most inspiring environmental messengers. Their mission is both clear and hopeful - to inspire us all to take responsibility for, and play a role in creating a better future for the earth for all generations to come. Listen to two of the world’s foremost eco-heroes discuss their hopes and dreams for the planet.

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2015 WOMADelaide Planet Talks - Can Human Beings Be Well When The Planet Is Sick?

Speakers: Paul Willis, Emily Johnston, Ingo Weber

Host: Bernie Hobbs

Is health the forgotten latecomer to climate change? The change in global temperatures is already causing significant stresses on human populations and we'll need to adapt to a hotter climate regardless of successful emissions reductions. What is the impact likely to be and how might we mitigate it? Our panel of health and science experts discuss what climate change means to our health and well-being.

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2015 WOMADelaide Planet Talks - Valuing Our Planet

Speakers: Vandana Shiva, Paul Sutton, Tim Jarvis 

Host: Robyn Williams

A famous native American proverb says 'Only when the last tree has died, and the last river been poisoned, and the last fish been caught, will we realise we cannot eat money.' The panel's three leaders challenge this pessimistic prediction by discussing values - financial and what we love and care about - that we place on our land, food and water. They will range across themes including seed democracy, urbanisation and land management and what this means for the health of the planet and ourselves.

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