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Making the new energy system fair

Co-presented with the Sydney Environment Institute
A discussion of how we can build a new energy system that is fair to all, and what a progressive energy system might look like.

Event details

Event type: Panel discussion
Date: Monday 2 July 2018
Time: 6 - 7.30pm
Venue: Law School Foyer, Level 2, Sydney Law School (F10), Eastern Avenue (next to Fisher library, either University Ave or City Rd Entrance)
Cost: Free and open to all with online registrations required
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Please note: while there is some parking available at New Law Building carpark, Shepherd Street carpark, Broadway and some street parking, spaces are limited so we suggest using public transport whenever possible. 


There are so many questions and variables still unknown when it comes to creating a new energy system. What conceptual framework should we be reaching for in trying to build a renewable energy system that is fair? What are the opportunities that exist for democratising the ownership and control of energy generation in the shift to a new system based on renewables? What might a policy for fair access to green public space look like?

Most importantly, what might a genuinely ‘progressive energy’ system look like, that takes into account differences in citizens’ ‘capacity to cope’ with extreme weather, and takes into account the double penalty suffered by poorer Australians who tend to live in areas afflicted by more extreme temperatures and must pay a larger proportion of their incomes to cool their homes? And how could representation on energy boards be shared around? 

This event is part three of the Living in a Warming World series convened by Dr Frances Flanagan.

The Speakers:

  • Dr Amanda Cahill is the Director and Founder of the Centre for Social Change. She founded the Centre because she is inspired by the many people around the world who are already making the world a better place to live and wants to support those doing good to do even better. Amanda has spent nearly two decades working on community development projects in countries as diverse as Brazil, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, Timor-Leste and Indigenous Australia. Her work has touched on a range of areas including community enterprise development, health promotion, climate change adaptation, appropriate technology and women’s empowerment. Amanda is particularly interested in working with environmental groups looking for new ways to engage communities and with people wanting to explore alternative approaches to local economic development both within Australia and Internationally.

  • Godfrey Moase works is the Assistant General Branch Secretary at the National Union of Workers in Melbourne, Australia and is co-founder of Cooperative Power Australia. He’s previously written for the Guardian, Overland, Jacobin, Griffith Review, and New Matilda. On Twitter he’s @gemoase.

  • Maria Cirillo enjoys organising, campaigning and advocacy, and has developed skills in these fields during her 17 year career working in public sector unions at both state and federal levels. Maria sees local, community centred organising as the foundation for winning. Maria has led a variety of campaigns having first earned her stripes on campaigns for breastfeeding rights at work and recognition of domestic and family violence as a workplace issue. Living on the sunniest continent on earth, Maria believes solar is the common sense pathway for Australia’s energy future.

  • Professor Christopher Wright (chair) is Professor of Organisational Studies and a member of the Discipline of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Sydney Business School. His research explores organizational and societal responses to climate change, with particular reference to how managers and business organizations interpret and respond to the climate crisis. He has published on this topic in relation to issues of corporate citizenship, emotionology, organizational justification and compromise, risk, identity and future imaginings. He is the author of the book Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations: Processes of Creative Self-Destruction (Cambridge Uni Press, 2015).

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