Climate Change | Social Change

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 11;

Sydney Girls High School, Anzac Pde, Surry Hills, Friday night, April 11 – Sunday April 13

AGENDA: major sessions

(Concurrent workshop agenda to be advised)

Friday 11th April

Redfern Community Centre

10 – 10.30 am conference registration

10.30 am – 12 noon 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

12 noon – 1pm Lunch break

1 – 2.30 pm Nuclear is still not the answer

Jim Green, FoE anti-nuclear campaigner

Wenny Theresia, Sydney Nuclear Free Coalition

2.45 – 4.15pm Concurrent workshops

Sydney Girls High School

6 for 6.30pm Public meeting

Climate change and its social roots

John Bellamy Foster, editor of Monthly Review; author of 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 Climate Code Red
James Goodman
, social researcher, University of Technology in Sydney

Saturday 12th April SGHS

8.30 – 9.15 am Registration

9.15 am 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 of Journal of Australian Political Economy, and Capitalism, Nature, Socialism

Nelson Davila, Venezuelan Chargé d’Affaires, tbc

11.15am – 12.45 pm Major workshop

Protecting jobs and the environment

Tim Gooden, Geelong Trades and Labour Council

Ben Courtice, AMWU environment group

Cam Walker, Friends of the Earth Melbourne

Steve Phillips, Rising Tide

Chris Cain, Maritime Union of Australia, tbc

12.45 – 1.45 pm Lunch break

1.45 – 3.15 pm Plenary

Ecology, capitalism and socialism

John Bellamy Foster

3.30 – 5pm Major workshop

Cuba: reducing reliance on fossil fuels

Roberto Perez, Cuban permaculturalist, featured in The Power of Community: how Cuba survived peak oil

6pm Dinner

Keynote address

Sustainability – the Cuban experience

Roberto Perez

Sunday 13th April

9 – 10.30 am Plenary

Transitions to sustainability

Mark Diesendorf, Institute of Environmental Studies, University of NSW
            Adrian Whitehead, Zero Emission Network

            Stephanie Long, FoE Australia’s international climate justice spokesperson

Roberto Perez

10.45 am – 12.15pm Major workshop

Sustainable energy solutions

Mark Diesendorf

12.15 – 1.15 pm Lunch break

1.15 – 2.45 pm 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

3 – 4.45 pm Plenary & resolutions

Strategies for winning

John Bellamy Foster

Dick Nichols, author Capitalism, Nature and Socialism

John Rice, Adelaide Ecosocialist Network

Patrick Bond

4.45 – 5pm Conference close

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