Women in Climate and Health

10 June 2021

On 10 June 2021 I hosted the 'Women in Climate and Health Breakfast - communities tackling climate change, in conjunction with the Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment.

Dr Arnagretta Hunter (physician and cardiologist, ANU Climate Change Institute) led a panel discussion with Ms Edwina Robinson, Dr Hedda Ransan-Cooper and Ms Beth Mitchell to hear from these government, community and parent leaders about how they're tackling the challenges of climate change in their local area.

Ms Violet Sheridan provided a Welcome to Country.

Edwina Robinson founded The Climate Factory in 2019 after Australia had its hottest and driest summer on record.

In 2020-21, she created Canberra’s first urban community micro-forest - a dense pocket of native vegetation designed to cool the landscape and return native species to the suburbs. This urban sanctuary transformed a dusty, weedy park in Downer, and has inspired the Watson community to raise $53,000 for their own micro-forest and nature play space.

With more micro-forests lined up for other parts of Canberra, Edwina’s vision is to build a micro-forest in every hot place where people gather in Australia.

Dr Hedda Ransan-Cooper leads the social research activity at the Battery Storage and Grid Integration program at ANU. In her work, she explores how the community voice can be better represented in decision making and technology design of energy systems.

Hedda's research has covered various dimensions of sustainability transitions, primarily in the areas of migration and energy change.

Beth Mitchell is the Director for Asset Strategies in the ACT Education Directorate, responsible for coordinating efforts for ACT’s public schools to transition to a zero-emission future.

As a Sustainability Professional with extensive experience Beth’s career journey has covered diverse settings, including remote and urban Indigenous communities, rural industries, sustainable procurement, tourism and urban planning.

Beth’s mantra is ‘Think Again’. She enjoys challenging conventional practice to develop creative approaches that align the unique economic, social and environmental characteristics, and objectives of clients.

In the ACT, Beth is an author of the Australian National University Biodiversity Management Plan, the inaugural University of Canberra Sustainability Strategy, and ‘Life in the Suburbs – Urban Habitat Guidelines for the ACT’.

Speeches

  • 10 June 2021 - Welcome address