After last year’s devastating bushfires brought the climate crisis home for many Australians, calls for action were soon drowned out by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear a panel of our sharpest minds draw focus to the growing spectre of global warming, unpack the political roadblocks and consider how to achieve real progress. Featuring journalist Paddy Manning (Body Count: How climate change is killing us), documentarian Craig Reucassel of The Chaser (Fight for Planet A), and Walkley Award–winning journalist Marian Wilkinson (The Carbon Club), in conversation with author, researcher and broadcaster Rebecca Huntley (How to Talk About Climate Change in a Way That Makes a Difference).

This podcast was recorded live at the 2021 Sydney Writers' Festival and is available on all major podcast platforms.   

Craig Reucassel (Australian)

Craig Reucassel

Craig Reucassel is an Australian writer, comedian and broadcaster. Craig and a group of friends founded The Chaser newspaper, which led to a number of ABC TV Chaser programs including The Election Chaser, CNNNN, The Chaser’s War on Everything and the satirical consumer affairs show The Checkout. In 2017 and 2018, he presented the multi-award winning ABC TV series War on Waste. In 2020, Craig presented the ABC TV documentary series Fight for Planet A and Big Weather (and how to survive it).

Marian Wilkinson (Australian)

Marian Wilkinson

Marian Wilkinson is a multi-award winning journalist with a career spanning radio, television and print. She has covered politics, national security, refugee issues and climate change. She was a foreign correspondent in Washington DC for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age and also deputy editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, executive producer of ABC’s Four Corners and a senior reporter for the program. In 2018 she was inducted into the Australian Media Hall of Fame. Her books include the political biography The Fixer and Dark Victory co-authored with David Marr. Her latest book, The Carbon Club, investigates Australia’s fraught climate change policy.

Paddy Manning (Australian)

Paddy Manning

Paddy Manning is the author of five books, including: Body Count: How climate change is killing us (Simon and Schuster, 2020) – winner of the non-fiction prize in the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2021; Inside the Greens (Black Inc., 2019); and Born to Rule: The Unauthorised Biography of Malcolm Turnbull (MUP, 2015). Over a 20-year career in journalism he has worked for ABC Radio National, Crikey, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian Financial Review and The Australian, and was founding editor and publisher of Ethical Investor magazine. He is presently a contributing editor for The Monthly magazine, a part-time lecturer in investigative journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney, and about to embark on a doctorate at Macquarie University on the history of News Corporation.

Rebecca Huntley (Australian)

Rebecca Huntley

Dr Rebecca Huntley is one of Australia's foremost researchers on social trends. She is also an author and broadcaster. She is on the Board of The Bell Shakespeare Company and on the Executive Board of the NSW branch of the ALP. She is the Chair of the Advisory Board of Australian Parents for Climate Action. Her latest book is How to Talk About Climate Change in a Way That Makes a Difference.