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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?

Hosted by Madeleine Morris, our expert panel includes 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.

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Madeleine Morris

Madeleine Morris is a Melbourne-based reporter for ABC television’s 7.30. She was formerly a presenter for the BBC in London and reported from dozens of countries before returning to her native Australia. She is the author of Guilt-Free Bottle-Feeding: Why Your Formula-Fed Baby Can Grow ... Read more

Miriam Lyons

Miriam Lyons is a Renewable Energy Campaigner with GetUp! She is also an Australian policy analyst, writer and commentator, and the co-author, with Ian McAuley, of Governomics, published by Melbourne University Press in May 2015. Miriam is a member of the Centre for Australian Progress board, and a ... Read more

Ross Garnaut

Professor Garnaut is a Professor of Economics at The University of Melbourne. He was previously distinguished Professor of Economics at the Australian National University, the Director of the ANU Asia Pacific School of Economics and Management and was the longstanding Head of the Department of Econo... Read more

Veena Sahajwalla

Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla, ‘Eco Alchemist’, is one of the world’s leading innovators in the field of sustainable materials use and an international award-winning scientist and engineer. Sahajwalla is founding director of the Sustainable Materials Research & Technology (S... Read more

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176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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