The Small Changes: Environmental Conversations

Be the change you want to see in the world

Presented with the Sydney Environment Institute.

A series of conversations that share the latest research on how our modern lifestyles are affecting the environment around us, and the small changes we can all make to our every day in order to save our environment.

Hosted by Tina Perinotto, Publisher and Managing Editor of The Fifth Estate.

All events feature researchers from the University of Sydney alongside practitioners.

2016 Program

Wednesday 23 March - Coastal Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise

Assoc Professor Abbas El-Zein, School of Civil Engineering, University of Sydney and Tayanah O’Donnell, University of Canberra discuss the complexities associated with rising sea levels and the decision-making being made at a municipal level.


Wednesday 13 April - How To Talk About Climate Change Without Talking About Climate Change

Insight into how local councils are educating communities about climate change, even when they are pressured to avoid using the term

Lisette Collins, PhD Candidate, University of Sydney
Maria Taylor, journalist and author


Wednesday 18 May - Plastic Water: The social and material life of bottled water

A look into how bottles are impacting on tap water provision and the implications of accumulating plastic waste on environments and bodies.

Professor Gay Hawkins, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University
Assoc Professor Kane Race, Gender and Cultural Studies, the University of Sydney
Kylie Yeend, Education, Engagement and Partnerships Manager at Sydney Water