Upcoming Brisbane Big Dialogue on Climate Change

I’m used to seeing cabaret acts or indie bands like Belle and Sebastian at the Tivoli in Fortitude Valley, so it will be a change to attend the Brisbane Big Dialogue on Climate Change on Monday 26 July (assuming we haven’t been locked down again by then). This event has been organised by Brisbane Dialogues, a group which includes prominent Brisbane business identities and which is dedicated to having rational conversations on important and contentious policy issues, something we haven’t really seen since social media filter bubbles started around a decade ago. The topic of discussion is:

“We may never agree on much about climate change – nature, causes, severity, urgency – but what might we agree to do about it in terms of practical policies and grassroots measures, e.g. on energy alternatives, public technology investment, private sector decarbonisation, adaptation, conservation, development aid?”

The discussion will be chaired by former-Deputy-PM-turned-YouTuber John Anderson, and the panel includes the Queensland Chief Scientist Professor Hugh Possingham, state government renewable energy company CleanCo CEO Dr Maia Schweizer, and former Chief Scientist of Australia Emeritus Professor Robin Batterham.

So if you’re free Monday evening 26 July, can get to the Tivoli, and are interested in climate change policy, then please consider attending the Big Dialogue on Climate Change:

A BIG DIALOGUE: CLIMATE CHANGE – WHAT CAN WE AGREE ON?, Fortitude Valley, 26th of July | Humanitix

Street art by Sofles in the carpark for the Tivoli, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. Photo by Jennifer Tunny (@brisbaneatnight on Instagram).

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6 Responses to Upcoming Brisbane Big Dialogue on Climate Change

  1. Russell says:

    Hi Gene, thanks for this opportunity but unfortunately I will be supporting out tourist industry by having a break in Cairns at that time. Otherwise, would would surely attend.

  2. Paul says:

    It says the debate will be framed on the following:-
    “We may never agree on much about climate change – nature, causes, severity, urgency – but what might we agree to do about it in terms of practical policies and grassroots measures, e.g. on energy alternatives, public technology investment, private sector decarbonisation, adaptation, conservation, development aid?”

    Clearly they are not interested in the science behind it – only what should be done. In other words an implicit acceptance that climate change is a problem and that something needs to be done. An old trick.

    This appears to be set up to be a closed discussion, not an open discussion.

    • Gene Tunny says:

      Paul, I agree there’s that implicit acceptance. Regardless of the merits of such measures, I suspect measures will be taken to move the economy toward net zero emissions, whether by 2050 or 2070 or later. I’d say it’s in our interests to explore what are the most cost-effective measures to achieve net zero emissions, regardless of the wisdom of doing so. Thanks for the comment.

  3. Paul says:

    History shows that appeasement is not the way forward. It is wrong.

    • Gene Tunny says:

      Paul, rather than appeasement, I’d say the approach Brisbane Dialogues is taking is to cooperate with the inevitable (or at least what seems to be the inevitable).

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