AUSTRALIA DECLARES

SHAPING AUSTRALIA’S
EMERGENCY RESPONSE

14-15 FEBRUARY 2020
BREAKOUT SESSION

Day 1

3:20PM – 4:30PM
MAIN STAGE l LEVEL 1

GETTING THE MESSAGE RIGHT

FRAMING EMERGENCY THREAT & RESPONSE

The power of language and the way we frame an issue has the ability to ignite or switch people off. When the way we communicate has a big effect on attitudes and reactions, how do we get the climate message right to successfully mobilise people at the necessary scale and speed of action? How do we effectively communicate the scale and speed of action that is now required? How do we navigate the delicate terrain of facts, fear, courage, identity and reality?

Margaret Klein Salamon – Founding director of The Climate Mobilization
Rebecca Huntley
– Australian social researcher and expert on social trends
Richie Merzian – Director Climate & Energy Program The Australia Institute

Moderated by Adam MortonGuardian Australia’s Environment Editor



SESSION

SPEAKERS

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Margaret

Klein Salamon

“If humanity’s two choices are to transform or to collapse, the only rational, moral choice is to immerse yourself in the struggle to protect all life.”
SOCIAL CHANGE & PSYCHOLOGY

Margaret Klein Salamon


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Rebecca

Huntley

“There’s no shortage of research that shows people are worried about climate change. The problem is not people thinking it’s a problem, the problem is what are people willing to do about it.“
RESEARCH & SOCIAL CHANGE

Rebecca Huntley


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Richie

Merzian

“Our latest research has found that two-thirds of Australians believe the country is facing a climate emergency and that the Government should mobilise all of society to tackle the issue, like they did during the World Wars.“
RESEARCH & POLICY

Richie Merzian


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Adam

Morton

MEDIA & POLITICS

Adam Morton