AUSTRALIA DECLARES

SHAPING AUSTRALIA’S
EMERGENCY RESPONSE

14-15 FEBRUARY 2020
BREAKOUT SESSION

Day 2

3:20PM – 4:30PM
YARRA ROOM l LEVEL 3

CITIZEN ACT

DEEPENING DEMOCRACY TO SUPPORT THE EMERGENCY TRANSITION

A strong democracy and empowered communities will be vital to enable citizens to shape a climate emergency transition. How can we deepen our democratic engagement and grow the power of communities to keep the transition accountable and just?

Tim Hollo – Executive Director, Green Institute
Peter Cock
– Sociologist & Environmentalist
Giselle Wilkinson – President, Sustainable Living Foundation
Leigh Ewbank Act on Climate Campaigner FoE

Moderated by Tracee Hutchison Writer, TV & radio broadcaster



SESSION

SPEAKERS

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Tim

Hollo

“Our systems of government aren’t up to the task in front of them. Climate emergency action has to involve deepening and regenerating democracy.“
POLICY & ADVOCACY

Tim Hollo


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Giselle

Wilkinson

“We are experiencing a climate emergency representing an existential threat. The changes that are being unleashed are currently taking us in exactly the wrong direction – away from the climate stability of the Holocene period, away from safe climate conditions.“
SOCIAL CHANGE & RESEARCH

Giselle Wilkinson


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Peter

Cock

“We need our national political system curtailed in the short term with an emergency cabinet of all parties to make the needed hard decisions. For the long term, we need to start deep democracy work to grow out of diverse localisation that prepares us for direct democracy.“
SCIENCE & EDUCATION

Peter Cock


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Leigh

Ewbank

“There’s never been a better time to discuss climate solutions. Protecting communities from climate impacts is something all political parties can support.“
ACTIVISM & ADVOCACY

Leigh Ewbank


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Tracee

Hutchison

MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS

Tracee Hutchison