Saturday, 29 March 2008

Climate Change |Social Change Conference - REGISTER NOW!!

Climate Change |Social Change

A conference to strengthen radical social action to stop climate change

Redfern Community Centre (Fri April 11), and Sydney Girls High School (Fri April 11 evening, Sat and Sun April 12 & 13, near corner Anzac Parade & Cleveland streets, Surry Hills) Sydney

The world is teetering on the brink of unstoppable climate change. Many now recognise the need for serious change in the way we produce and use energy, our transport systems, food production, urban design and forestry practices. Yet politicians are still mouthing platitudes while allowing corporations to continue to profit from polluting our atmosphere and destroying our ecosystem.

The need for social change has become an urgent part of preventing catastrophic climate change. Can the market fix the problem? What is the real record of carbon trading? How can we build a social movement capable of averting this disaster? What models and experiences can offer real solutions?

To strengthen the exchange of ideas and contribute towards that urgent action Green Left Weekly is organising the Climate Change | Social Change conference from April 11-13, 2008, in Sydney.

We are pleased to have confirmed:

Speakers from Australia speakers include:

  • Matt Thistlethwaite — Unions NSW deputy assistant secretary
  • John Kaye — Greens NSW MLC
  • Stephanie Long — Friends of the Earth Australia's international climate justice spokesperson; works on FoE International's climate change campaign
  • Dr Mark Diesendorf — Institute of Environmental Studies, University of NSW
  • Tim Anderson — senior lecturer political economy, Sydney University
  • David Spratt — co-editor, Climate Code Red
  • Marlene Obeid — solidarity activist
  • Dr Jim Green — Friends of the Earth anti-nuclear campaigner
  • Dick Nichols — author of Environment, Capitalism and Socialism
  • Renfrey ClarkeGreen Left Weekly environment correspondent
  • Cam Walker — Friends of the Earth, Melbourne
  • John Rice — Adelaide Ecosocialist Network
  • Adrian Whitehead — Zero Emissions Network
  • Pat Eatock — elder from the Kairie community in central Queensland and secretary of the National Aboriginal Alliance
  • Stuart Rosewarne — co-editor of Journal of Australian Political Economy and Capitalism, Nature, Socialism
  • Donna Jackson — Larrakia/Wulna woman who helped establish the Top End Aboriginal Conservation Alliance
  • James Goodman — researcher on social movements at the University of Technology Sydney writer on Southern responses to global warming

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Registration costs

3 days/whole conf1 day/session
High school$20$10
Public meeting$6/$4 (included in registration free)

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Red Wombat said...

Final agenda:

Climate Change | Social Change

A conference to strengthen radical social action to stop climate change
April 11-13, 2008, Sydney, Australia

Redfern Community Centre, 29 Hugo St, Redfern, day sessions Friday April 11Sydney Girls High School, Anzac Pde, Surry Hills, Friday night, April 11 – Sunday April 13

Friday April 11
Redfern Community Centre
10–10.30am Registration

10.30–12 noon Major workshop: Indigenous communities, climate change and the struggle for country
Sam Watson, Biri Gubba, Munnejarl man from the Brisbane Murri community; activist since high school
Pat Eatock, Kairie community elder, Aboriginal Rights Coalition, Sydney, secretary National Aboriginal Alliance

12noon – 1pm Lunch

1– 2.30pm Major workshop Nuclear is still not the answer
Jim Green, Friends of the Earth anti-nuclear campaigner
Wenny Theresia, Australian Student Environment Network
Genevieve Kelly, anti-Lucas Heights reactor campaigner, lecturer University of Western Sydney

2.45–4.15pm Concurrentworkshops
Chiapas media project, Alexandra Halkin
Elite co-option of the environment movement, Mike Barker –doctoral candidate, AustralianSchool of Environmental Studies, GriffithUniversity
Camp for Climate Action, Wenny Theresia

Sydney Girls High School
6 for 6.30pm: Public meeting: Climatechange and its social roots
John Bellamy Foster, editor of Monthly Review; authorof Marx's Ecology: Materialism and Nature
Patrick Bond, University of KwaZulu-Natal; editor of Climate Change, Carbon Trading and Civil Society
David Spratt, Carbon Equity, co-author ClimateCode Red
James Goodman, social researcher, University of Technology inSydney

Saturday April 12 SydneyGirlsHighSchool
8.30–9.15am Registration
9.15am Welcome to country &conference opening

9.30–11am Plenary Climate change solutions: what role for the market?
Patrick Bond
Sylvia Hale, Greens NSW MLC
Stuart Rosewarne, co-editor Journal of Australian Political Economy and Capitalism, Nature, Socialism
Renfrey Clarke, Green Left Weekly

11.15am– 12.45 pm Major workshop The Cuban experience: the challenge of fossil fuels and climate change
Roberto Perez, Cuban biologist and permaculturalist, Antonio Núñez Jimenez Foundation for Nature and Humanity, Cuban NGO Concurrent workshops
Equity in energy consumption: Getting the prices right for people and the environment, Patrick Bond
Critical anthropology of global warming, Hans Baer –Anthropology lecturer, Melbourne University
On the precipice: why climate is an emergency, David Spratt
Protecting jobs and the environment, Tim Gooden – Secretary Geelong Trades and Labour Council; Ben Courtice – AMWU Victorian branch environment activist; Cam Walker – Friends of the Earth Melbourne; Steve Phillips – RisingTide; Chris Cain – Maritime Union of Australia (tbc)

12.45–1.45pm Lunch

1.45–3.15pm Plenary Ecology,capitalism and socialism
John Bellamy Foster

3.30– 5pm Major workshop Power privatisation and the environment
Matt Thistlethwaite, Unions NSW deputy assistant secretary
John Kaye, Greens NSW MLC
Dick Nichols, author Environment, Capitalism, Socialism, Socialist Alliance national coordinator

Concurrent workshops
Marxism and the environment, John Bellamy Foster
Are liveable cities just a dream? Dave Holmes, Green LeftWeekly and managing editor Resistance Books; Peter Droege – professor, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, University of Newcastle, author, Urban Energy Transition: from fossil fuels to renewable power
Climate change and the global South – beyond Third Worldism, James Goodman, Ian MacGregor, University of Technology, Sydney
Biomass, biofuels and meat production: shifting to sustainable, low emission agriculture, Zane Alcorn and Trent Hawkins – Resistance; Katrina Byrne –Animal Liberation

6pm Conference dinner Roberto Perez: Cuba – from economic collapse to sustainability Roberto is aCuban biologist and permaculturalist, Antonio Núñez Jimenez Foundation for Nature and Humanity, Cuban NGO

Sunday April 13 Sydney Girls High School
9–10.30 am Plenary Transitions to sustainability
Mark Diesendorf, Institute of Environmental Studies, University of NSW
Adrian Whitehead, Zero Emission Network
Stephanie Long, Friends of the Earth Australia's international climate justice spokesperson
Roberto Perez

10.45am – 12.15pm Major workshop Sustainable energy solutions
Mark Diesendorf

Why we must ration the future, Damien Lawson
Climate refugees, adaptation issues in the global south, Stephanie Long
Individual and collective solutions: getting the balance right, TerryTownsend – Democratic Socialist Perspective and editor of Links; Lauren Carroll-Harris – Resistance
Cutting emissions, ditching coal, Graham Brown – former coalminer; Angela Nagle – Rising Tide
Food security, eating oil and the future of agriculture: permaculture solutions, Robyn Francis – international permaculture design and sustainability consultant, educator and facilitator

12.15–1.15 pm Lunch

1.15– 2.45pm Major workshop: Radicalising the Australian climate change movement
Simon Cunich, Resistance
Vanessa Bowden, Climate camp
Mel Barnes, Students Against the Pulp Mill
Ben Courtice, World Environment Day, Melbourne Concurrentworkshops
Adelaide ecosocialistnetwork , John Rice
Securing water in a warmer Australia, Renfrey Clark – Green Left Weekly
Drought-resistant plants and fart-free pastures: can GM crops save us? Adam Breasley – former researcher, Australian Gene Ethics Network;Frances Murrell – Mothers Against Genetic Engineering (MAdGE); Louise Sales – Greenpeace
Energy revolution: Cuba and Venezuela, Tim Anderson – political science lecturer, Sydney Uni, Marlene Obeid – solidarity activist

3 – 4.45 pm Plenary & resolutions Strategies for winning
Dick Nichols
John Rice, Adelaide Ecosocialist Network
Patrick Bond

4.45– 5pm Conference close