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2018 WOMADelaide Planet Talks - Tim Flannery Keynote with Robyn Williams

Internationally celebrated environmentalist, scientist, explorer, writer and 2007 Australian of the Year, Professor Tim Flannery will open the Planet Talks with a keynote address and conversation about our sustainable relationship with the planet joined by the father of Australian science broadcasting, the legendary Robyn Williams.

Currently Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and chief councillor of the Australian Climate Council, Australia’s largest and most successful crowd funded organisation, Tim Flannery has published over 140 peer-reviewed scientific papers and named 25 living and 50 fossil mammal species. His 33 books include his latest publication is ‘Sunlight and Seaweed’ and the award winning “The Future Eaters” and “The Weather Makers”, which has been translated into over 20 languages. He has made numerous documentaries and regularly reviews for the New York Review of Books.

2018 WOMADelaide Planet Talks - Climate Justice & the Human Face of Climate Change

Speakers: Kathy Jetnil Kijiner, Ursula Rakova, Julian Burnside, and Tim Costello

Host: Ben Doherty

While the world’s richest countries talk about climate change, many of the poorest nations are experiencing its devastating effects right now. Climate justice activists, Ursula Rakova (Carteret Islands) and Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner (Marshall Islands) are the human face of climate change. Their homelands are the first nations of people being forcibly displaced due to manmade global warming. Ursula Rakova and Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner are joined by Julian Burnside and Tim Costello to explore our responsibilities and the human face of climate change.

2018 WOMADelaide Planet Talks - The Wonder of Birds

Our Most Vital Connection to Nature & What They Tell Us About the Planet & Ourselves

Speakers: Jim Robbins and Sonia Kleindorfer

Host: Robyn Williams

Our human relationship to birds is like no other creature on earth. These wondrous and miraculous animals captivate, inform and enrich all life on the planet in extraordinary ways.

New York Times writer and author of "The Wonder of Birds" Jim Robbins and professor of animal behaviour at Flinders Uni Sonia Kleindorfer, will come together for a fascinating conversation about the wonder of birds - our most vital connection to nature and what they tell us about the planet and ourselves.

2017 WOMADelaide Planet Talks - What’s god got to do with it?

Speakers: Prof Mohamad Abdalla | Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black | Philippa Rowland

Host: Father Bob Maguire


The Pope’s game changing encyclical—Laudato Si – stressed environmental stewardship and climate change action is consistent with Christian spiritual life. But the Green Faith movement is not just a Christian thing. It’s a central pillar of all major religions.

This interfaith panel led by Australia’s favourite Catholic, Father Bob Maguire, will discuss how and why Christian, Muslim, Buddhist and Jewish faiths have made climate change and environmental responsibility a major part of contemporary religious life and practice.

2017 WOMADelaide Planet Talks - “Do Something”

Speakers: Karen O'Brien | Jon Dee | Erin Rhoads | Vanessa Morrish

Host: Sonya Feldhoff

Just because you can't do everything it doesn't mean you shouldn't do something. Do we view climate change as a problem for Governments, scientists, environmentalists and economists to sort out or is our role as individuals more important? Join Karen, Jon, Erin and Vanessa as they chat about their work focusing on the “I” in climate change, how people see themselves making changes and how we can empower everyone to “do something”.

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.

2016 WOMADelaide Planet Talks - Words, Pictures and Climate Change Pitches

Speakers: Dee Madigan | Jane Caro | First Dog on the Moon

Host: Tory Shepherd

Can effectively communicating facts about climate change make any difference to how people vote in the next election? What is the PR pollution clouding carbon politics? Is it possible to make an issue this complex simple enough to get good decisions within our short-term electoral cycle? This panel of communications gurus and a canine political cartoon commentariat are masters of words and pictures, so what’s their world-saving climate change action pitch?

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.

2016 WOMADelaide Planet Talks - Off the grid game changers

Speakers: Simon Hackett | Dan Spencer | Felicia Whiting

Host: Robyn Williams

Three South Australian leaders of 'off the grid innovation and activism' look at what the near future could hold in powering homes, business, streets and cities. Will there be any place for coal fired power stations in that future?

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.