On Thursday 2 June 2022, author and social researcher Rebecca Huntley addressed how images can hold the solution to a better climate future at the Australian Museum’s Talbot Oration.
The right visual depictions of climate change and climate solutions can offer extraordinary opportunities to inform people, bring them together and invoke action.
Listen to the speech below
In her talk, Dr Rebecca Huntley investigates the powerful ways that images can convey the messages of climate change and inspire climate action.
In our efforts to communicate about climate change through these images, we need to show what climate change is doing now and what is ahead if we don't act effectively.
Using data and evidence based on years of social trend research, Rebecca offered reasons why the right imagery can break through the online chatter and spark action.
Following her address, Dr Huntley was joined by Tishiko King, a proud Kulkalaig woman and campaigner for climate and social justice, and Dr Saul Griffith, engineer and author of The Big Switch, in conversation with Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt AO.
Dr Rebecca Huntley
Dr Rebecca Huntley is one of Australians foremost researchers on social trends. She holds degrees in law and film studies and a PhD in Gender Studies. She has led research at Essential Media and Vox Populi and was a director at Ipsos Australia. She now heads her own research and consultancy firm working closely with climate and environment NGOs, government and business on climate change strategy and communication.
She is the author of numerous books including How to Talk About Climate Change in a Way that Makes a Difference (Murdoch books, 2020). Rebecca was a broadcaster with the ABC’s Radio National and presented The History Listen and Drive on a Friday. She is also a registered Commonwealth marriage celebrant. She is the mother of three girls and lives in Sydney.
About The Talbot Oration
Named in honour of former Australian Museum Director Professor Frank Talbot, this annual oration celebrates Talbot’s commitment to, and achievements in marine research and environmental studies in Australia and on the global stage.
The Talbot Oration will showcase advances in the field of climate change research and environmental conservation, enabling the public to better understand how responses to the climate challenge determine our future prospects, health, and the sustainability of our natural environment.
The Climate Cure is a Nights at the Museum special event.