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Erika Wagner:

There’s a lot going on in the world right now.

Dr Enric Sala ‘Defending Nature’s Last Frontiers’ at World Economic Forum


Now we are destroying the Amazon forest at the equivalent of two football fields per minute.

Fran Kelly ‘Half of Great Barrier Reef dead since 1995’ on RN Breakfast


The Great Barrier Reef has lost more than half of its corals since 1995.

Dr Triona McGrath at ‘How pollution is changing the earth’s chemistry’ at TEDx


As more carbon dioxide has entered the ocean, the seawater pH has gone down, which basically means there has been an increase in ocean acidity.

Dr Michael Oppenheimer ‘Climate change author explains why oceans are at risk’ on NBC News Now


You’re destroying this food chain that humans depend on. So we don’t have a choice. We need to adapt.

Hamish McDonald ‘Flames rip through towns, fears death toll will rise as bushfires rage on’ ABC News


To the south there were bushfires. To the west there were bushfires. To the north there were bushfires.

Professor Gail Whiteman ‘Here’s Why the Melting Arctic Should Matter to Us All | DAVOS 2020’ at World Economic Forum’


The Arctic is like our circulation system and feeds it to global climate change everywhere. We have lost 50% of Arctic ice in about 50 years.

Simon McGregor Woods ‘Global Warming: Melting glaciers cause dangerous sea level rise’ on TRT World


The UN’s worst case scenario predicts a 1.3 meter rise by the year 2100. That could swap land currently home to 150 million people.

Karina Carvalho ‘Flames rip through towns, fears death toll will rise as bushfires rage on’ ABC News


It’s been labeled an apocalypse and like looking into the gates of hell.

Sir David Attenborough ‘Sir David Attenborough calls for ‘urgent’ climate change action’ on ITV News


If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.

Professor Bob Carr:

What do you think the existential challenge about climate at a time when we’re all focused on the immediate challenge of this pandemic?

Erika Wagner:

So what can we actually do? This is a question that gets thrown around in classrooms, newsrooms, in your own head about the collective future that faces us. Oceans acidifying, the destruction of our coral reefs, the Arctic ice sheets melting droughts, floods, fires. Many of us are still looking for the right answer to what can we actually do? And that can be a very overwhelming question.

Erika Wagner:

Hi, I’m Erika Wagner and you’re listening to the UTS 4 Climate climate podcast. I study Marine Science in Sydney, Australia, and I also work at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney. For more than 20 years, my colleagues have been tirelessly, researching thinking and creating change towards sustainable futures. We know that climate change is one of the greatest challenges we’ll encounter in our lifetime. At the Institute for Sustainable Futures, we take a solutions-based approach to reducing the impact of climate change and preparing us for its effects. But to many climate change is still a politicised or abstract issue.

Erika Wagner:

In this five-part podcast, we’ve created a space to explore climate change from all angles and to find practical answers to what we can actually do. You’re going to hear from the Honourable Bob Carr, New South Wales, longest serving premier and a former foreign minister of Australia.

Professor Bob Carr:

If someone had said in the late 1960s, they will come a day. When the air in big capital cities will be this bad, no one would have believed it. It would have been more fantastical than anything in science fiction but we live with that today.

Erika Wagner:

Bob is now an Industry Professor of Business and Climate at UTS. In this series, you’ll hear Bob in conversation with leading thinkers, from politics, economics, science, and journalism. Join us as we continue the conversation about climate, our futures and what change we need to see in the world.

Professor Tim Flannery:

With climate change, we’re now in a position where on the balance of probabilities. We’re committed to between 1.5 and two degrees of warming. We need to act, we need to cut those emissions.

Dr Rebecca Huntley:

For a long time, the climate conversation has started with science and we needed to but there were limits to how much the science can get us further along. And it’s these stories of transformation of recognition that the climate is changing. And this is what I’m doing. This is how I’m making this happen.

Zali Steggall:

We need to seek to understand before being understood. You have to understand people’s position. Why are they concerned about taking stronger action on decarbonising? What are their reluctance? Not everyone identifies with Extinction Rebellion. We need to bring everybody on board.

Martijn Wilder:

One thing that many people don’t understand is that Australia has led the world on the efficiency of solar panels. We are world leaders in that space, so that’s fantastic. It’s exciting. It’s Australian ingenuity. We can lead the de carbonisation race.

Professor Tim Flannery:

If we could cover 9% of the world’s ocean in seaweed farms, we could draw down the equivalent of all of the greenhouse gases we put up in any one year.

Erika Wagner:

This is UTS 4 climate, a podcast from the University of Technology Sydney. I hope you can join me, Erika Wagner, to find out what we can do to take positive action on climate change and secure a sustainable future. Subscribe and download wherever you get your podcasts.

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To continue the discussion about climate change and to see some of the inspiring projects UTS researchers are working on. Go to the UTS 4 Climate website, The UTS 4 Climate podcast is made by Impact Studios at the University of Technology Sydney in collaboration with the Institute for Sustainable Futures.



Podcast playlist


Sunlight and Seaweed: Bob Carr in conversation with Professor Tim Flannery

July 24 · 27 MIN

There is an unlikely hero that could help deliver us from climate catastrophe, and that hero is found washed up on our beaches and lives deep in our oceans.

In this final UTS 4 Climate conversation, Professor Bob Carr sits down with Australia’s best-known climate author and scientist, Professor Tim Flannery to discuss the innovative ways we could draw down the carbon that exists in our atmosphere, and the urgent need to begin this work.


Investors Dump Coal: Bob Carr in conversation with Tim Buckley

July 24 · 35 MIN

A striking development has occurred in the world of corporate finance in 2020. Over the past months, a string of corporations have divested from thermal coal, starting with US investment giant BlackRock and extending to Japan’s Mizuho and the Norwegian Government Pension Fund. But the world’s financiers haven’t suddenly become climate activists overnight – instead it’s economics that is driving this shift.

With the Paris Agreement in place, coal is being dumped all over the world and no longer is seen a safe investment.

In this instalment of the UTS 4 Climate podcast, Bob Carr sits down with Tim Buckley, Director of Energy Finance Studies, Australia/South Asia at IEEFA for a robust discussion on the transformation hitting the energy markets of Australia and Asia.


After the Fires: Bob Carr in conversation with Zali Steggall and Martijn Wilder

July 24 · 28 MIN

The devastating effects of the 2019-2020 bushfires saw Australian communities ravaged by the impacts of climate change. Many viewed the tragedy as a long overdue wake-up call, and one that should spur rapid action to address the ecological challenges facing us. But as the ash settles, what will the next steps for climate policy look like in an Australia reeling from a catastrophic fire season?

In this not to be missed conversation, hear from UTS industry professor Bob Carr who is joined by Independent MP for Warringah, Zali Steggall OAM, elected in 2019 on a platform of pursuing national climate action. Zali is joined by Martijn Wilder, a world leader in climate law and sustainable investing who believes Australia could lead the way in the race to decarbonise.