Home Grown Energy, Q&A at the Wheeler Centre

19 April 2016

Joining Question Time at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne on Tuesday night, Veena Sahajwalla and an expert panel, including Miriam Lyons of GetUp! and economist Ross Garnaut, discussed the growing shift to renewables worldwide and the impact for us all.

Hosted by ABC journalist Madeleine Morris, an expert panel including economist and author Ross Garnaut; inventor and Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology director Veena Sahajwalla; and policy analyst and senior GetUp! campaigner Miriam Lyons, joined together for a public debate about the growing shift to renewables worldwide and the impact for business, industry and the community at large.

Climate change isn’t the only thing that’s reached a tipping point recently: renewable energy investment and implementation has surged worldwide – with more capacity for renewables now being added annually than coal, natural gas and oil combined. What does this shift to renewables mean for households, businesses and industry – and why does the Australian Government continue to spend billions on fossil fuel subsidies each year? BYO questions for an hour exploring the current state of renewable power.

What are the big technological developments behind the boom in renewables, and how will they affect our lives and societies in the next decade? Is a 100% renewable energy target a real (or increasing) possibility? Will Australia join the clean energy revolution, and what are the political and logistical hurdles?

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