Questions of Management and Policy Amidst Australia’s Bushfire Crisis

An interdisciplinary panel considers how government and industry should best respond to climate-related disasters, which will only become increasingly common, intense, widespread and destructive as the planet warms.

The current state and federal approaches to disaster management are failing, as there are inadequate laws and policies to fund government agencies and compensate victims, especially where they are uninsured. With the government defunding research and ignoring recommendations on disasters, resilience and adaptation planning, is a community-based, collaborative approach the only way forward?


00:00     Introductions and Welcome to Country
04:05     How are Bushfires Linked to Climate Change?
07:35     Will Extreme Summers Become the New Normal?
10:55     Media’s Misinformation of Climate Crisis
15:50     Living with the Fires on your Doorstep
19:35     Resilience to Shock Events
23:45     What does our Disaster Management Taskforce Look Like?
33:00     How are Business Leaders Reacting to the Fires?
39:55     How do we Transform Governance Structures?
52:25     Insurance in Disasters
58:55     Rise of Climate Militant Workplace Unions
01:04:25 Harnessing Democracy to Tackle Climate Change?
01:12:20 Responsibility of Universities to Act
01:17:30 Money Motivates Action
01:20:00 What Plea Will Get People to Act?


Professor Danielle Celermajer, University of Sydney
Professor Dale Dominey-Howes, University of Sydney
Dr Tanya Fielder (Chair), University of Sydney
Dr Michael E. Mann, Pennsylvania State University
Professor David Schlosberg, Sydney Environment Institute
Professor Christopher Wright, University of Sydney

This event was held at the University of Sydney on Wednesday 26 February, 2020.

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