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Speakers

Author & Sustainability Scientist
Social Researcher, Author & Social Commentator
Designer & Filmmaker

Perhaps no other issue today is as confronting as our warming earth. In the past few years alone, we have seen major environmental crises and global protests, from the fires in Australia to the Amazonian fires in Brazil. Yet, whilst scientists double down on shocking figures, many of us fail to move beyond environmental sympathising to action.

What we need are thousands – millions – of everyday conversations about the climate to enlarge the ranks of the concerned, engage the disengaged and persuade the cautious of the need for action.While companies and governments are hugely responsible for the mess we’re in, can individuals effect real, significant, and lasting change to solve this problem.

Towards the end of October 2021, filmmaker and designer Jenny Pinto engaged authors and researchers Dr. Kimberly Nicholas and Dr. Rebecca Huntley on their work and their books on Climate Change and the shifting of the strategy on conversations around the impending climate emergency.

Speakers

Kimberly Nicholas

Author & Sustainability Scientist

Dr. Kimberly Nicholas, the author of Under the Sky We Make: How to be Human in a Warming World, the book we are talking about today, is a sustainability scientist at Lund University, Sweden. She has published over 50 articles on climate and sustainability in leading peer-reviewed journals, and writes for publications such as, Elle, The Guardian, Scientific American, and New Scientist, and is the founder of the monthly climate newsletter We Can Fix It. She gives lectures and moderates at about 75 international meetings and organizations each year across public policy, civil society, arts and culture, the wine industry, foundations, and academia. Her work has been featured by outlets including the BBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, Vox, USA Today, Buzzfeed and more.

In her book Under the Sky We Make she combines her scientific expertise and her lived, personal experience in fresh and deeply urgent way. advocating that society needs to move from an exploitation mindset to a regenerative mindset, she believes that ordinary people have to agency and power to change the course of climate change.

 

Rebecca Huntley

Social Researcher, Author & Social Commentator

Dr Rebecca Huntley, the author of a recent book How to Talk about Climate Change in a Way that Makes a Difference, is a social researcher, author and social commentator, who lives in Sydney, Australia. She has a background in publishing, academia and politics, and is a much sought after social and political commentator on radio and TV. A joke she makes about herself is that she is “expert in the opinions of people who don’t know what they’re talking about”.

She holds degrees in law and film studies and a PhD in Gender Studies. Rebecca is the Director of The Mind and Mood Report, Australia’s longest-running social trends report, currently in its 35th year. Rebecca is the author of numerous books including a memoir, The Italian Girl. She is also a columnist for BRW and a feature writer for Vogue.

In her book How to Talk about Climate Change in a Way that Makes a Difference, Rebecca provides us all with a toolkit for understanding our emotional responses to climate change and how we can have meaningful conversations across dividing lines. As a social researcher who has spent 15 years listening to Australians talk about climate change, She has concluded that attitudes to climate change are formed less by scientific understanding than by world views, values and emotions. Emotions like : guilt, fear, anger, denial, despair, hope, loss and love. Each of which get a whole chapter in her book.

Jenny Pinto

Designer & Filmmaker

Jenny Pinto is a Bangalore based designer and filmmaker whose interests covers sustainability, design and the connectedness of all life on the Planet.