100 Climate Conversations at the Powerhouse Museum

Fri 4th March, 2022 – Thu 29th December, 2022
Online or Level 1, Powerhouse Museum
500 Harris Street, Ultimo
Price: Free
Leaders in the climate-change conversation – including scientists, tech CEOs, architects and Aboriginal elders – will break away from the depressing news cycle and speak about the actions and initiatives happening in Australia that might just preserve our future.

At 10am every Friday for 100 weeks – until December 2023 – audiences will gather at the Powerhouse Ultimo to hear leading voices in the climate-change conversation speak about how Australians are tackling the climate crisis. Scientists, tech CEOs, architects, politicians, Aboriginal elders and more will be recorded in a carbon-neutral studio fittingly constructed inside a former coal burner. The talks will be released as podcasts each week, and upon completion they’ll become part of the museum’s permanent collection. The first episodes – with marine ecologist Adriana Vergés, human rights and climate-change lawyer Sasha Purcell and MP Zali Steggall – are already available.

Each of the speakers in the 100 Climate Conversations series has been chosen for the impact they’ve had on the battle to mitigate global warming’s effects, and the talks will be facilitated by journalists including Paddy Manning, Rae Johnston, Patrick Abboud and Craig Reucassel.

On the line-up? There’s Charlie Prell, a fourth-generation farmer who hosts a windfarm on his property; Australian Youth Climate Coalition organiser Grace Vegesana; and Atlassian co-founder and CEO, and renewable-energy investor Mike Cannon-Brookes.

“Decarbonisation is Australia’s biggest economic opportunity,” says Cannon-Brookes in a statement. “As one of the sunniest, windiest, smartest nations on earth, we are primed to become a renewable energy superpower. Conversations like these inspire Australians and create the change needed to reach our full potential.”

Other familiar names include Cornersmith founder and zero-food-waste advocate Alex Elliott-Howery, scientist and writer Tim Flannery, Ozharvest founder Ronni Kahn, City of Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore, farmer and Dark Emu author Bruce Pascoe, and sustainable-fashion journalist Clare Press.

Guests and podcast listeners will also hear from architects building carbon-neutral homes, traditional owners who participate in cultural burning, and academics who work across the spectrum of the climate crisis – from examining how the law can be used to facilitate responses to climate change, to harnessing sunshine as a fossil-fuel alternative.

The aim of the forum is to foster hope that the climate collapse can be averted or lessened, and that some of the country’s smartest minds are working on preserving our future.

Bookings are now open to attend the free live recordings. The first podcasts are now available on Spotify.