AUSTRALIA DECLARES

SHAPING AUSTRALIA’S
EMERGENCY RESPONSE

14-15 FEBRUARY 2020
BREAKOUT SESSION

Day 1

2:00PM – 3:10PM
YARRA ROOM l LEVEL 2

BUILDING THE BUSINESS COALITION

GETTING BUSINESS ON BOARD

For a surprisingly small percentage of the Australian economy, the fossil fuel industry exercises enormous political power. At the same time, few in the business community are showing a full understanding of the existential risks of climate change, and the level of action needed to protect even their own industries. How can the lock-hold of vested interests be broken, and what will it take for capital to step up to the real challenge?

Paul Gilding – Climate Risk Analyst & Business Consultant
Ian Dunlop – Former Chair of the Australian Coal Association
Heidi Lee – Industry Investment Lead, Beyond Zero Emissions
Simon Holmes A Court – Senior Advisor to the Energy Transition Hub at Melbourne University

Moderated by Paddy Manning – Journalist & Writer



SESSION

SPEAKERS

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Ian

Dunlop

“There is the assumption that this is something that can be handled with incremental change from our business as usual. Addressing existential risk is a fundamentally different level of response from anything that is being contemplated at the present time.“
STRATEGY & BUSINESS

Ian Dunlop


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Paul

Gilding

“Any rational response to the scientific evidence would suggest that we should mobilise today with the utmost urgency to transform the economy inside a decade. This is no longer a long term issue.“
SCIENCE & RESEARCH

Paul Gilding


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Heidi

Lee

DESIGN & RESEARCH

Heidi Lee


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Simon

Holmes a Court

“Our only chance to maintain our standard of living, and our economy, is if all countries rapidly decarbonise. We cannot expect global progress if we ourselves aren’t prepared to at least pull our weight, let alone show any leadership.“
TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION

Simon Holmes a Court


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Paddy

Manning

“The climate crisis is now a health emergency, with extreme weather events, disease, mental illness and infrastructure collapse killing what the WHO predicts will be millions around the world over the next decade.“
MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS

Paddy Manning