GOMA TALKS: beyond eco-anxiety
6.30 – 7.30PM, THU 20 FEB | CINEMA A, GOMA | FREE
‘Water’ highlights a precious resource that sustains all forms of life on our planet, and sparks conversations about the role we play in the environment and the social challenges we face today.
Feeling overwhelmed by the existential challenge of climate change? You’re not alone!
GOMA Talks returns during ‘Water’, to examine the rise of eco-anxiety and how we can move beyond it with action. Hear from four Australian change makers, all aged under 25, as they discuss how we can shape a new generation of eco-positivity through the fields of activism, agriculture, Indigenous sustainability, science and social enterprise.
- Jamie Graham, Aboriginal activist and ecologist in training
- Kate McBride, Grazier and Healthy River Ambassador
- Thomas King, CEO, Food Frontier
- Varsha Yajman, activist
- Hosted by Paul Barclay (Big Ideas, Radio National)
After the session, Lisa Sipaia Baker (Pacific Climate Warrior and Tokelau Diaspora organiser) will perform a short spoken word piece.
GOMA TALKS POP-UP BAR
Open from 5.15pm
Drop by the Bodhi Tree Terrace before the session to enjoy food and drink offerings at the GOMA Talks pop-up bar.
PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
GOMA Talks programs are free and unbooked. Seating is limited - available on a first in, first-seated basis.
Host: Paul Barclay
ABC Radio National, Big Ideas
Paul Barclay is a Walkley Award winning journalist and broadcaster with an appetite for ideas and in-depth analysis and discussion. Paul has produced countless stories over more than twenty years for an array of programs on virtually all ABC radio networks.
Aboriginal activist and ecologist in training
Jamie Graham is the Tasmanian State Coordinator for the SEED Indigenous Youth Climate Network, an ecologist in training at the University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Science, and an artist. Descending from both the salt water trawlwoolway in the North East and the fresh water plangermaireener of Ben Lomond in Lutruwita/Tasmania, Jamie is passionate about speaking up for environmental rights, western and southern science, and using Aboriginal land management techniques to foster resilient communities and healthy country.
CEO, Food Frontier
Thomas King is a social entrepreneur, international speaker and future food specialist. For the last decade, Thomas has driven food systems, environmental and poverty alleviation initiatives across five continents. Realising the impacts of industrial animal agriculture and the limitations of the current food system to sustainably feed the world, Thomas founded Food Frontier an independent think tank and industry advisor for plant proteins and cultivated meat. He was named Young Australian of the Year VIC in 2015 and awarded a Myer Innovation Fellowship in 2019.
Grazier and Healthy River Ambassador
Kate McBride is a fifth-generation grazier from Western New South Wales. She was born and brought up on Tolarno Station – a 500,000 acre sheep property located along the Lower Darling River. Since 2016 Kate has been a Healthy River Ambassador fighting for better water management within the Murray Darling Basin. In 2017, she was elected onto the Western Local Land Services board, becoming the youngest board member in the organisation’s history. Kate is passionate about rural Australia, having seen the damage that the current drought and poor water management is causing to local townships.
Varsha Yajman is a recent high school graduate, who is part of the National Leadership Team for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and part of the Sydney core and national team for School Strike 4 Climate. Seeing the inadequacy of climate action being taken in the world sparked her drive to take part in the climate movement. Varsha is passionate about engaging in an intersectional movement that is not only about fighting for climate action, but for climate justice; justice for all.
PERFORMER: LISA SIPAIA BAKER
Pacific Climate Warrior and Tokelau Diaspora organiser
Lisa Sipaia Baker is a Brisbane based community organiser, youth leader and spoken word artist. She is a descendant of the Tokelau Islands – a Pacific Island nation threatened by rising sea levels due to climate change. As a devoted member of the Pacific Climate Warriors she advocates amongst Pacific Islander youth demanding climate justice for her people and the future of the region. Using the art of storytelling through spoken word and performance, she aims to highlight the resilience of her people as a nation on the frontlines of climate change.