Cosmos Briefing

The nature of politics: what happened to a basic concern for the environment?

October 07, 2021 The Royal Institution of Australia
Cosmos Briefing
The nature of politics: what happened to a basic concern for the environment?
Show Notes

Today we present the Nature of Politics session from the Nature Festival held in Adelaide between the 25th of September and the 4th of October this year. These days, everything feels like a partisan issue, be it immigration, national security, renewable energy or even lockdowns. More and more decision making seems to feel like a political football, even if it doesn't make sense. Despite its history, a basic concern for the environment seems to have been caught in this trend and in recent years, just labelling yourself an “environmentalist” has been seen as a polarizing thing to do.

We hear from James Bradley OAM, celebrated Australian writer and author of Clade; Michelle Grady, Australian Director of The Pew Charitable Trusts; Craig Wilkins, CEO of South Australia's peak environment organisation Conservation SA

And Natasha Davis, Chair of the South Australian Nature Alliance and CEO of Trees For Life (SA). This event is hosted by journalist Tory Shepherd.

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