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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 - The Silver Lining in the Cloud of Climate Change

Speakers: Cecilia Woolford, Peter Langridge, Bob Brown

Host: Robyn Williams

Are our climate-altering activities hurtling us towards a bleak fate or is this the catalyst for a new era of environmentally sustainable ideas and innovation? Are we witnessing the dawning of an unstoppable wave of action and leadership? According to our panelists we do have the ideas, innovation, motivation and people to give us the hope that we can and will respond to the challenge. Listen to our visionary panel discuss the optimistic future they have seen emerging in business, agriculture, politics and society.

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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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2014 WOMADelaide Planet Talks - Three Great Threats to Biodiversity: Climate Change, People and Habitat Loss

Speakers: Peter Ward, Chris Daniels, Peter Owen

Hosted by: Robyn Williams

Life on this planet is under extreme duress. The three pressures, whilst being interlinked and ultimately originating with humans all affect ecosystems in different ways.  A warming earth affects the water cycle which ultimately determines the susceptibility of terrestrial landscapes to support life.  Cities across the world are growing dramatically over the best land, and habitat clearance to support human needs eliminates biodiversity. What will the term biodiversity mean in 2100?

Peter, Chris and Peter talk about how great these three threats are, and how the earth can survive.

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2014 WOMADelaide Planet Talks - When Polly Met Peter And Tim

Speakers: Polly Higgins | Peter Garrett | Tim Flannery

Hosted by: Bernie Hobbs

Find out what happens when one of the world’s most visionary thinkers in the area of law and environmental action - Polly Higgins - meets Australia's leading environmental thinker, writer and activist Tim Flannery and former government minister, ACF president and Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett for a frank conversation about why and how the law and legislation must tackle climate change.

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2014 WOMADelaide Planet Talks - Gen Z and Distractions vs. Action

Speakers: Tim Hollo | Simon Sheikh | Ane Brun

Hosted by: Bernie Hobbs

Generation Z are the most globally exposed and connected generation in the history of the planet. They will inherit any mess made by their parents and grandparents but are they more concerned about celebrity culture and low carb diets than climate change and low carbon economies?  With the oldest Generation Z turning 19 this year how do we activate their hearts and minds to consider climate change action as their priority?  This panel looks at musicians, role models and ways to harness the power and influence of the most digitally engaged and globally connected generation we’ve ever seen.

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2014 WOMADelaide Planet Talks - Climate Change and 100 Million Person Cities

Speakers: Tom Wigley | Steffen Lehmann | Amie Albrecht

Hosted by: Bernie Hobbs

Thanks to the latest research from a host of the world’s most respected climate scientists like Tom Wigley, the weight of evidence pointing to the human role in changing our weather is now beyond compelling. Consequently, if their forecasts of climate change increases do occur, life in our most densely populated areas face an unprecedented and urgent call to action.               

With 26 cities on the planet currently housing between 10 and 20 million people each and projections of a future with 11 billion people on the planet including the first 100 million person cities, this panel looks at up to date research on how and why our climate may change and how our built environs and transport systems must adapt to accommodate life in future mega cities.

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2014 WOMADelaide Planet Talks - The Captain Kirk & Dr. Spock of Communicating Climate Change

Speakers: Annabel Crabb | Tory Shepherd | Tanya Ha

Hosted by: Robyn Williams

The Media, MPs and Mothers all play vital roles in shaping our emotional (Kirk) and rational (Spock) attitudes to environmental action.

How do they frame a climate change message in ways that are relevant, accurate and meaningful to their audiences?

Our panel of expert science, environment and politics communicators discuss some of the social, cultural, political and psychological machinations behind the things we see, hear and read about climate change.

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