Mark Butler in conversation with Mark Howden

In this video recorded at ANU on the 27th of July 2017 Mark Butler discusses climate policy and politics with Professor Mark Howden, Director of the ANU Climate Change Institute.
27 July 2017

Mark Butler was in conversation with Mark Howden on Mark's new book, Climate Wars, which is a forceful case for using less and cleaner energy. As the consequences of climate change become perilously close to the point of no return, time-wasting wars over what to do distract us from taking real action. Mark Butler is the Member for Port Adelaide and is Labor's Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy and the National President of the Labor Party. His previous book, Advanced Australia: The Politics of Ageing, was published in 2015.

Mark Butler makes a forceful case for using less and cleaner energy as part of global action to save the planet. Doing so will also make Australia attractive for the massive global market of investors and create new jobs in clean energy. Climate Warsargues that only Labor, the party with a proven track record for national reform, has the plan and the will to ensure bold action before it is too late. Royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to the Hazel Hawke Alzheimer's Research and Care Fund.

'An intelligent and insightful account of climate change politics and policy in Australia from an author at the frontline of the climate wars. I recommend it to anyone concerned about the world we leave to future generations.'- GREG COMBET

Mark Butler was introduced by Sharon Friel, Professor of Health Equity and Director of the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), ANU. RegNet has five specialist research clusters, including 'climate, energy and the environment' which hosts the Climate and Environmental Governance Network (CEGNET). Professor Friel is also Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy ANU, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and is currently writing a book on climate change and global health inequities (OUP).

Professor Mark Howden is Director of the ANU Climate Change Institute, an Honorary Professor at Melbourne University, a Vice Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and a member of the Australian National Climate Science Advisory Committee. He was on the US Federal Advisory Committee for the 3rd National Climate Assessment and contributes to several major national and international science and policy advisory bodies. Mark has worked on climate variability, climate change, innovation and adoption issues for over 30 years in partnership with many industry, community and policy groups via both research and science-policy roles. Issues he has addressed include agriculture and food security, the natural resource base, ecosystems and biodiversity, energy, water and urban systems. He helped develop both the national and international greenhouse gas inventories that are a fundamental part of the Paris Agreement and has assessed sustainable ways to reduce emissions. He has been a major contributor to the IPCC since 1991, sharing the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.