AUSTRALIA DECLARES

2 DAYS / 100 PRESENTERS
BEYOND THE DECLARATIONS

14-15 FEBRUARY 2020
SUMMIT

SPEAKERS

First release of the Summit’s speaker line-up, watch this space for presenter updates.
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Michael

Mann

“I believe a World War II-scale Climate Mobilization is the transformational idea that can once again unify all of us, in a global effort to avert catastrophic climate change, and live sustainably on this planet.“
SCIENCE & RESEARCH

Michael E. Mann


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Vonda

Malone

“I call on Australian governments and the public to elevate their concerns and responses to climate change which is having an urgent, immediate impact in the Torres Strait: Our communities are being submerged by rising sea levels”
LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Vonda Malone


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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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Peter

Garrett

“If we fail to act now, Australians will be hostage to external and increasingly unpredictable events of an order of magnitude and seriousness of threat most reasonably compared to war.”
POLITICS & SOCIAL CHANGE

Peter Garrett


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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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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.“
STRATEGY & BUSNIESS

Paul Gilding


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Lenore

Taylor

“Enough scandalous time-wasting on climate change. Let’s get back to the facts. At this point of crisis we must bypass rhetoric and political posturing.”
Media & Politics

Lenore Taylor



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Tim

Costello

“For those of us who work in the humanitarian sector, climate change does have a face. It is a child with no food to eat, or huddled in a flimsy shelter during a violent storm.”
ADVOCACY & SOCIAL JUSTICE

Tim Costello


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Jean

Hinchliffe

“Our politicians refuse to listen to the educated, so why should we be sitting in history class when we could be on the streets making history itself?”
SOCIAL CHANGE & ACTIVISM

Jean Hinchliffe


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John

Hewson

“Declaring a climate emergency in Australia almost goes without saying. Climate was an emergency some 30 years ago.”
POLITICS & ECONOMICS

John Hewson


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Nyadol

Nyuon

“Everybody knows the value of debate, but debates have to be settled at some point.“
ADVOCACY & SOCIAL JUSTICE

Nyadol Nyuon



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Ross

Garnaut

“The fog of Australian politics on climate change has obscured a fateful reality: Australia has the potential to be an economic superpower of the future post-carbon world.”
ECONOMICS & RESEARCH

Ross Garnaut


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Zali

Steggall

“It’s ridiculous that climate change policy and our long-term sustainability questions are considered ‘left-leaning’, because climate is everybody’s future.”
POLITICS & POLICY

Zali Steggall


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Greg

Mullins

“I’d like to see Labor, the coalition government, Greens and the crossbenchers all come together and declare a climate emergency.“
RISK & POLICY

Greg Mullins


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TARYN

LANE

“Regional communities like mine — Victoria’s Hepburn Shire — are on the climate change frontline and increasingly in a precarious position that is set to get worse unless we take urgent, decisive action.“
ENERGY & COMMUNITY

TARYN LANE



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Marco

Bellemo

“My generation is facing the climate emergency right now, it’s not a crisis I will face in the distant future. I think all generations should be calling for emergency-level action on climate change.”
ACTIVISM & ADVOCACY

Marco Bellemo


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Lidia

Thorpe

“Denying we have a problem means you are a part of the problem. This is a Climate Emergency.“
ADVOCACY & ACTIVISM

Lidia Thorpe


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Kerryn

Phelps

“Climate change is a human health issue that is going to have a dramatic effect on our health care system.“
HEALTH & ADVOCACY

Kerryn Phelps


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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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David

Spratt

“Climate disruption is an existential risk. This is not like other risks. If we crash the climate system and destroy civilization, then we cannot learn from our mistakes. You only do that once.”
SCIENCE & POLITICS

David Spratt


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Carmen

Lawrence

“We must focus on those things people really care about – themselves, their health, their family, their community – and what will happen if they don’t act.”
SOCIAL CHANGE & RESEARCH

Carmen Lawrence


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Anne

Poelina

“By building a ‘Coalition of Hope’ through collective wisdom and action we can transform the Climate Emergency into a Climate Chance!”
RESEARCH & ADVOCACY

Anne Poelina


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Shane

Rattenbury

“Climate change is the challenge of our generation. Our future depends on the decisions before us today – cutting emissions, leaving coal in the ground, and embracing the renewables revolution.”
POLICY & ENERGY

Shane Rattenbury



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Trent

McCarthy

“Communities are increasingly calling on their local leaders to act on climate change, with many councils at the precipice of the issue. This sort of synergy between state and local and federal action can deliver a lot of outcomes for communities.”
POLITICS & ADVOCACY

Trent McCarthy


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Anika

Molesworth

“Farmers are feeling the impacts of climate change right now. That’s a concern for everyone who eats food. But what excites me is agriculture’s key role in the solutions.“
LAND USE & RESEARCH

Anika Molesworth


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Philip

Sutton

“Getting into emergency mode, rapidly, is the central challenge for the climate movement and for all those who understand what we are facing.”
STRATEGY & RESEARCH

Philip Sutton


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Cathy

Oke

“If we don’t declare an emergency I don’t think I can, hand on my heart, say we’re doing enough.“
POLICY & RESERACH

Cathy Oke



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Vanessa

Petrie

“Increasing our climate ambition and investing in new, clean industries will benefit Australian workers, businesses, and communities. This is an opportunity we shouldn’t miss.”
INNOVATION & RESEARCH

Vanessa Petrie


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Oliver

Yates

“Citizens must act now and hold governments and complicit ministers accountable for their failure to enact policies that could avoid unnecessary risk.“
POLICY & INNOVATION

Oliver Yates


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Bryony

Edwards

“The public will is growing and we have the solutions, but we don’t have the political will to act like our house is on fire.”
SOCIAL CHANGE & ACTIVISM

Bryony Edwards


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Carol

Sparks

“It is not a political thing — it is a scientific fact that we are going through climate change.“
GOVERNMENT & POLICY

Carol Sparks



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David

Lindenmayer

“Not only is our unique natural heritage under threat, but the consequences for agriculture, tourism, and the economy may be catastrophic.“
ECOSYTEMS & CONSERVATION

David Lindenmayer


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Alison

Rowe

“We have the most opportunity geographically in terms of our space, in terms of our uninhibited land but we could actually be driving the revolution across the world when it comes to energy. We need to do that in a different way than we have been doing.”
SOCIAL CHANGE & ADVOCACY

Alison Rowe


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Thomas

King

“Agriculture is the greatest source of emissions in Australia after the energy sector. Changing the way we produce and consume food – especially our protein supply – is critical to addressing the climate emergency.”
RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Thomas King


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Kaity

Thompson

“The climate emergency offers a turning point in human history. Before us all is the opportunity to completely transform our cultures and societies to be just, democratic and equitable – the stakes for doing so have never been higher.”
ADVOCACY & ACTIVISM

Kaity Thompson




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Alia

Armistead

“There is no silver bullet for tackling climate change. A multifaceted approach is fundamental in order to seek maximum protection for all people and species.“
RESEARCH & ANALYSIS

Alia Armistead


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Adrian

Whitehead

“Once we start reaching out to diverse groups through volunteers from the community working hand in hand with council to get a combined approach, the climate emergency message will be unstoppable.”
SOCIAL CHANGE & ACTIVISM

Adrian Whitehead


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Jane

Morton

“We are in a climate and ecological emergency. We are risking collapse. It’s time to tell the truth and act as though the truth is real. It’s time to rebel.”
SOCIAL CHANGE & ACTIVISM

Jane Morton


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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.“
POLICY & RESEARCH

Richie Merzian



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Michael

Thomas

“I think it’s the defining threat of this century. I can’t think of any other threat that is transforming the planet on this level or scale. It’s such a ubiquitous threat”
SECURITY & RESEARCH

Michael Thomas


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Ali

Moore


MEDIA & POLITICS

Ali Moore


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Caroline

Pidcock

“Challenging times demand strong responses. A group of Australia’s acclaimed architects are putting up their hands to be instrumental in creating the future we need. We hope many more practices and individuals will follow their lead.”
INNOVATION & DESIGN

Caroline Pidcock


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Adam

Morton

MEDIA & POLITICS

Adam Morton



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Adam

Bandt

“Right now, our world faces an environmental and climate emergency and economic inequality is spiraling out of control. We need a publicly led, whole-of-society response to this crisis. To tackle the climate emergency, Australia needs a Green New Deal.“
POLITICS & POLICY

Adam Bandt


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Dominique

La Fontaine

ENERGY & STRATEGY

Dominique La Fontaine


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Brendan

Condon

“We already have the tools and technologies to design and build energy efficient houses, neighbourhoods and indeed whole cities that are net zero carbon, fossil fuel free, with a fraction of the running costs of current practice.“
INVESTMENT & INNOVATION

Brendan Condon


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Anumitra

Mirti

“I feel hopeful that the collective voice about the climate emergency is beginning to be heard, and that Australians have the opportunity to significantly contribute to climate emergency level actions now.“
POLICY & HEALTH

Anumitra Mirti



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Simon

Holmes à Court

TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION

Simon Holmes à Court


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Zel

Whiting

“Declaring and responding to the climate emergency we are facing, actually is climate justice. Last years school strikes was the alarm being sounded, 2020 is about mobilisation and embedding a climate & biodiversity lens to everything we do.“
ADVOCACY & ACTIVISM

Zel Whiting


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Karrina

Nolan

“There are communities right around the world that are already inspiring us with their innovation and resistance.“
SOCIAL CHANGE

Karrina Nolan


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Julien

Vincent

“Taking some of the power … away from companies, governments and institutions and putting it back in the hands of individuals … is tackling the inequity at the heart of the system.”
ADVOCACY & ACTIVISM

Julien Vincent



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Lambros

Tapinos

“We know we live in a climate emergency and need to lead our residents and business community to take action.“
GOVERNMENT & POLICY

Lambros Tapinos


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Bernie

Hobbs

“Climate change isn’t going anywhere – this is such a complex beast of a problem that we need our best minds working on ways to model scenarios, reduce emissions, and mitigate the climate effects our living world is already facing.“
SCIENCE & MEDIA

Bernie Hobbs


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Sam La

Rocca

STRATEGY & ACTIVISM

Sam La Rocca


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Charlie

Veron

“To save our iconic ecological systems, like the Great Barrier Reef, we must now mobilise society to transition to a safe climate economy at emergency speed. The time for incremental change is over.“
ECOSYTEMS & CONSERVATION

Charlie Veron



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Tracee

Hutchison

MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS

Tracee Hutchison


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Jon

Altman

“The tables are reversed. To address the climate emergency extractive settler Australia will need to politely invite Indigenous peoples to deploy their extensive native title rights and interests to assist.”
POLICY & RESEARCH

Jon Altman


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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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Rob

Gell

“Global warming is already changing the world before our eyes — let’s see what has happened in your lifetime”
SCIENCE & INNOVATION

Rob Gell



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Mik

Aidt

“An unprecedented crisis requires unprecedented solutions.”
SOCIAL CHANGE & ADVOCACY

Mik Aidt


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Matt

Wicking

“If we are to survive, let alone thrive, we must find our way back. Back to our true place as part of nature. Back to the potential we carry sleeping in our bones. Back home.“
ACTIVISM & ADVOCACY

Matt Wicking


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David

Williams

“Town planners work to shape our cities and regions to reduce emissions and adapt them to a more unpredictable climate. But it’s clearly now an emergency, because no community can successfully respond to run-away climate change.”
PLANNING & DESIGN

David Williams


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Damon

Gameau

“There’s such a push for change at the moment all around the world. There’s the kid’s climate strikes, people want to create a new version of the world we’re living in. So I think there’s a chance that we might get there“
SOCIAL CHANGE & COMMUNICATIONS

Damon Gameau



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Heidi

Lee

DESIGN & RESEARCH

Heidi Lee


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Eytan

Lenko

“I’ve never been more terrified and yet more hopeful. This could be Australia’s Pearl Harbor moment. No government can ignore a supermajority of support for long.“
POLICY & RESEARCH

Eytan Lenko


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Joe

Herbertson

“We need innovative and value-creating ways to balance carbon cycles within industry and agriculture, but drawdown of elevated CO2 levels is critical if we are to achieve safe climate conditions.”
STRATEGY & INNOVATION

Joe Herbertson


Matt

Wicking

“If we are to survive, let alone thrive, we must find our way back. Back to our true place as part of nature. Back to the potential we carry sleeping in our bones. Back home.“
ACTIVISM & ADVOCACY

Matt Wicking




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