Professional Obligations in an Age of Climate Change

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


The radical threat posed by global warming poses a profound challenge to every vocation. At the core of every profession, from engineering to accountancy to law to journalism, is the idea of providing expertise in service to the public good. Professionals must act ethically, in accordance with relevant codes and standards. But with the whole system under challenge from the possible collapse of the natural systems that support life on earth, will these ethics be sufficient?

How are professional standards and codes of ethics shifting in response to the catastrophic threat posed by climate change? These outstanding speakers consider these and other profound questions facing all professionals in the age of global warming.


00:00   Welcome and Reflecting on Series – Frances Flanagan
08:40   Introduction – Christopher Wright
14:00   Media’s Role in Painting the Big Picture of the Climate Crisis – Anna Krien
33:00   How to Talk About the Topic that Affects Everyone? – David Ritter
47:30   Reclaiming Climate Change as the Critical Ethical Issue of Our Time
53:35   Australia’s Agriculture Industry
56:15   Exposing Political Corruption
58:20   How the Noise from Media Distracts from Action


Anna Krien, Author and Journalist
David Ritter, CEO, Greenpeace Australia Pacific
Professor Christopher Wright (Chair), University of Sydney

This event was held at the University of Sydney on Monday 24 September, 2018.

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