The Bushfire Catastrophe: What Now?

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This unprecedented bushfire season has laid bare that Australia (and, indeed, the world) is at a turning point. Our old ways cannot continue and we need to find a radically new path forward if we are collectively to survive and thrive. At this critical juncture, the Sydney Opera House's Talks & Ideas program has gathered some of Australia's leading minds to discuss what we can, and must, do to change course. Over two panel discussions, they'll explore topics ranging from immediate relief and recovery, to policy-led long term solutions to the climate crisis.

Speakers include community leaders, academics, policy experts and mental health advocates. The Guardian's Indigenous affairs editor, Lorena Allam, will discuss traditional landcare knowledge and the impact of climate change on First Nation peoples; Christine Morgan, CEO of the National Mental Health Commission, will examine the mental health impacts of natural disasters; and Elizabeth Mossop, UTS's Dean of Design, Architecture and Building, will talk about physical rebuilding and creating resilient structures. Many other experts and community members will bring their knowledge and perspectives to the table, covering the carbon market, fire science, emergency responses and sustainable living. 

The event promises to be enlightening, thoughtful and hopeful—a chance to generate ideas and actions in response to this devestating climate emergency. Online registrations are now open and entry is by donation, with all proceeds benefitting bushfire relief.


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