Why We Need to Think About Inequality and Climate Change Together

Part Two of the Living in a Warming World series convened by Dr Frances Flanagan and Michelle St Anne and co-presented by Sydney Ideas.


Climate change has the potential to significantly accelerate inequality.  Low income and precariously employed Australians tend to live and work in areas more susceptible to temperature extremes, and in buildings less able to withstand them.

At the same time, rising inequality in Australia is making it harder to tackle climate change. Elites in highly unequal societies pollute more, waste more water, emit more carbon dioxide, and produce and consume more products that are designed not to last. Highly unequal societies are less democratically responsive, and are more likely to accept climate change ‘solutions’ that are premised on the privatisation of ‘liveable space’.

This panel brings together speakers who make the case for the necessity of seeing climate change and inequality as entwined challenges.


00:00   Introduction and Welcome to Country – Christopher Wright
06:15   The Vulnerability of Women in a Warming World – Kate Auty
20:10   Building a Better Future by Recognising the Honest Reality – Marc Stears
33:30   Community-based Solutions to the Climate Crisis


Professor Kate Auty, ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment
Professor Marc Stears, Sydney Policy Lab
Professor Christopher Wright (Chair), University of Sydney Business School

This event was held at the University of Sydney on Monday 4 June, 2018.

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