Taking Action Against Climate Change – It’s in our hands


In the apparent absence of leadership on climate change policy, why shouldn’t people feel empowered to side-step the government and take action into their own hands? A timely and inspiring conversation with Jodi Newcombe, Jeff Sparrow, Rebecca Huntley* & Lidia Thorpe, around how we, the people, can instigate change and manage better outcomes for the future of our planet.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.

*Appearing via video link

Lidia Thorpe


Lidia Alma Thorpe is an Australian politician, businesswoman and activist. She is currently a Senator for Victoria, representing the Australian Greens, and is also the first Aboriginal Senator from Victoria. She is a Gunnai-Gunditjmara woman. Thorpe has also previously been a member of the Victorian Parliament.

Jeff Sparrow


Jeff Sparrow is a writer, editor, broadcaster, and Walkley award-winning journalist. He is a columnist for The Guardian Australia, a former Breakfaster at Melbourne’s 3RRR, and a past editor of Overland literary journal. His most recent books are Crimes Against Nature: capitalism and global heating, Fascists Among Us: online hate and the Christchurch massacre; Trigger Warnings: political correctness and the rise of the right; and No Way But This: in search of Paul Robeson. He lectures at the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. Image Credit: Meghan Lawson

Dr. Rebecca Huntley

Digital Panelist

Dr Rebecca Huntley is one of Australians foremost researchers on social trends. She is an author and researcher and holds degrees in law and film studies and a PhD in Gender Studies. For nearly 9 years Rebecca was the Director of The Mind & Mood Report, Australia's longest running social trends report. She has lead research at Essential Media and Vox Populi, part of the CIRCA research group, before starting her own research and consultancy business. She works closely with The Sunrise Movement on the Climate Compass Project as well as with many other climate and environment NGOs. Under her own climate research and consultancy business, Rebecca published a report for Aware Super in early 2021 outlining how Australia can recover from the COVID-19 pandemic by focusing on the intersections of climate action, health and wellbeing and thriving communities. She is the author of numerous books, most recently 'How to Talk About Climate Change in a Way that Makes a Difference' (Murdoch books, 2020), writes occasionally for The Guardian and co-presented the Guardian’s podcast Common Ground with Lenore Taylor in 2017. Rebecca has also written for The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, Marie Claire and Griffith Review. She was a feature writer for Australian Vogue, a columnist for BRW and the presenter of Drive on a Friday on Radio National.

Jodi Newcombe


Jodi is an environmental economist, creative producer and community organiser. She has enjoyed a 20 year career consulting to government, NGOs and businesses across
Europe and Australia on natural resource management, decision-making and policy design. Jodi is Co-Director at the Castlemaine Insitute, a local knowledge hub for regional, regenerative futures. She is also founding director of Carbon Arts, a strategic design business focused on facilitating a cultural shift towards environmental stewardship through cross-disciplinary partnerships and initiatives. Jodi recently served as climate change coordinator for Mount Alexander Shire where she oversaw the delivery of the Council's Roadmap for Carbon Neutrality and helped steward the emergence of the Wararack Initiatives, the Shire's community-led platform for climate action.

Date & Time
Sunday, April 10, 11 am


Goods Shed Arts
Castlemaine Goods Shed
21 Kennedy Street, Castlemaine, 3450

60 mins

This is a covid safe event. All ticketholders must show proof of vaccination and wear a mask to attend.