Eliza de Wit will join the Green Capital panel.

11 September 2013 — Green Capital is hosting a Power Game Forum this Thursday, where a panel will explore questions the organisation’s network believes were never satisfactorily answered during the election campaign.

The forum, taking place at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo from 4pm to 7pm, will “find out what our network made of the election and what it means for Australia’s environmental future”, said a Green Capital statement.

The event will be chaired by Murray Hogarth of Wattwatchers and the panel will feature John Connor, CEO at The Climate Instituted; Tim Nelson, Head of Economics, Policy and Sustainability at AGL Energy; Giles Parkinson, Editor of Renew Economy; and Elisa de Wit, Head of Climate Change Practice at Norton Rose Fulbright Australia.

“Our survey respondents raised key questions, many of which were never satisfactorily answered in the election campaign, and likely were never asked.

“The survey asked respondents to nominate a question for our panellists.

“The winning three questions are:

  • “Given it is likely the national political will for action will decline even further after September 7, what are the options for business, local government and the community to ‘go it alone’ pursuing policies and actions which support a transition to a clean energy future?”
  • “In the absence of leadership at a commonwealth or state level, is civil disobedience morally justified to protect the environment?”
  • “Is the Coalition position on climate change and energy policy likely to affect international relations?”

Other questions included:

  • In a context where politicians are unwilling to take consistent actions for the climate, how can the industry respond to climate challenges and lead the change that the government does not make happen?
  • What are the new Coalition’s best policy options for making energy efficiency inextricably linked to economic productivity?
  • How should business and private sectors regroup and provide a positive platform on reduction of greenhouse gas emissions for the electorate by the next election?
  • Is there any political opportunity for the national energy market objectives to be reinterpreted to reflect the urgent need for a move to more sustainable energy economy in Australia?
  • What is the estimated cost of repealing the Clean Energy Future Act?
  • There is never a single issue that determines how all Australians will vote, so why does anyone think they have a mandate to do anything when they win government?
  • Would a global carbon-trading scheme induce the Coalition to change its position? Will the Conservatives accept us being one of the few excluded from such a scheme?
  • When the Coalition Cabinet meets for the first time, what percentage of the Ministers around the table do you think will reject the science of human-induced climate change? And will the voices of genuine believers like Malcolm Turnbull and Greg Hunt have any impact?

Tickets can be booked here.