WOMADelaide has just announced the line-up for its 2019 Planet Talks Program, and it is filled with guest speakers who are set to start interesting, inspiring and intriguing conversations.
The program will begin by marking International Women’s Day with an address made on the opening night by Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja AM.
On Saturday, March 9, the program will feature two of Australia’s most well-known broadcasters, Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas, who are set to bring to life the popular political podcast, The Party Room. You can also expect to see scientists, Brian Pickles and Monica Gagliano, who will talk about the fascinating world of tree communication, plant cognition and the healing powers of forest bathing.
Sunday, March 10 will explore the magic of mushrooms with guest speaker Gavin Mclntyre, a member of a pioneering bio-fabrication company based in New York, who will explain how fungi could potentially save our planet. Following up Mclntyre will be The Guardian’s Walkley award-winning editorial cartoonist and best-selling author, First Dog on the Moon, who will give us a guide on surviving the Armageddon, while also staying nice.
On the final day of the four day event, WOMADelaide Planet Talks will address climate change with guests Less Eat Less Heat CEO Angie Plummer, CSIRO food scientist Cecile Godde and SBS documentary maker, Matthew Evans as they discuss how our meat consumption is affecting our climate. Last but not least, the day will finish with an eye-opening discussion about the movement to oppose Equinor’s oil drilling plans. The panel will feature The Wilderness Society’s Peter Owen, Mirning Elder and Coloured Stone’s Bunna Laurie and marine scientist Jodie Rummer as they talk about the consequences for fisheries and tourism, and most importantly the ocean environment of The Great Australian Bight.
WOMADelaide will be held Friday March 8 - Monday March 11 at Botanic Park. For more information and tickets see www.womadelaide.com.au.
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