Faith, spirituality and values: fresh perspectives in the climate discussion

Exploring the ways our beliefs and values influence our concern and drive to act on climate change.

About this event

Moderated by Bank Australia’s Victoria McKenzie-McHarg – Climates hosted a discussion on faith, spirituality and values featuring:

● Dr Anne Poelina, Madjulla Inc

● Reem Sweid, Muslim Collective

● Reverend James Bhagwan, Fiji Council of Churches

Reflecting on a range of religious denominations as well as Indigenous Australians’ spiritual perspectives, this event explored the ways our beliefs and values influence our views of the climate crisis.This event also featured an introductory discussion between Tejopala Rawls (Australian Religious Response to Climate Change) and Nala Taukilo (350.org Pacific).

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Event broadcast

Since 2018, Climates has worked closely with Digital Storytellers and event sponsors to ensure all events are accessible to people right across Oceania. See the Facebook Live recording for this full event.

This event was hosted in Melbourne, Australia on 23 October 2018.

Intergenerational equity: fresh perspectives in the climate discussion

Exploring the ways our beliefs and values influence our concern and drive to act on climate change.

About this event

Moderated by Bank Australia’s Victoria McKenzie-McHarg – Climates hosted this incredible discussion on intergenerational equity featuring:

● Professor David Karoly, Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub, CSIRO

● Joanna Lauder, Journalist, Hack on triple j

● Marco, Australian high school student-activist

● Jacynta Fa’amau, Melbourne Coordinator, 350 Pacific 

The actions of successive generations have led the world to a point of dangerous greenhouse gas concentrations. As global temperatures creep ever higher, young generations are feeling the pressure, and opportunities, of this inheritance. Our region is particularly susceptible to the first and worst impacts of climate change: from droughts in Australia to increasingly powerful cyclones that wreak destruction across the Pacific Islands.

How can each generation of Australians contribute to national and regional climate action, and help avoid climate-driven intergenerational inequalities?

This event was followed by a call-to-action from Gemma Borgo-Caratti, National Director of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.


Event broadcast

Since 2018, Climates has worked closely with Digital Storytellers and event sponsors to ensure all events are accessible to people right across Oceania. See the Facebook Live recording for this full event.

This event was hosted in Melbourne, Australia on 10 July 2018.

“I am trying to talk to a lot more of my fellow youth. It seems to be an issue that is acknowledged – especially around my school – people are understanding it, but still there seems to be quite a bit of inaction. Maybe that is because – although we are seeing these changes – we’re not feeling the dramatic changes that are being felt by other places around the world.”

Marco – Australian school student

Towards climate justice: fresh perspectives in the climate discussion

Exploring our region’s climate challenges, recognising the threats to decades of social and economic progress.

About this event

Moderated by Bank Australia’s Victoria McKenzie-McHarg – Climates hosted this discussion on climate justice featuring:

● Professor Gillian Triggs – former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission

● Pita Taufatofua – Tongan Olympian and Winter Olympian

● Wendy Farmer – President of Voices of the Valley – Latrobe Valley

● Professor Mick Dodson AM – Indigenous Australian barrister, academic, and member of the Yawuru peoples

This diverse panel explored climate justice from a range of perspectives, recognising that it threatens to undermine social and economic progress across our region. A breadth of social justice issues was be highlighted, provoking discussion about the scale of institutional change required to move our region forward.This event included a powerful call-to-action by Joseph Zane Sikulu from 350.org Pacific.

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Event media

This event attracted substantial TV and radio media attention, particularly in relation to the participation of Tongan Olympian and Winter Olympian Pita Taufatofua. This was one of the first times Taufatofua had used his platform to raise awareness about the climate crisis, less than two months after Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita devastated his home island of Tongatapu.

● Tongan Olympian Pita Taufatofua’s perspective on ‘climate justice’

● Pita Taufatofua: Viral Tongan Olympic sensation sets sights on climate change; eyes third sport

● Shirtless Tongan flag-bearer Pita Taufatofua in bid for third Olympic sport

● Tongan Olympic Sensation Pita Taufatofua Speaks Out About Climate Justice

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Event broadcast

Since 2018, Climates has worked closely with Digital Storytellers and event sponsors to ensure all events are accessible to people right across Oceania. See the Facebook Live recording for the full event.

This event was hosted in Melbourne, Australia on 5 April 2018.

“Climate change is undeniably a human rights issue, and I think that that’s been rather neglected in the discussion. We really must start to talk about what is the impact on human beings.”

Professor Gillian Triggs