Jane Goodall headlines WOMAD’s Planet Talks program

The three-day forum of environmental discussion and debate features stimulating and inspiring Australian and international key speakers, like Jane Goodall.

World famous environmentalist Jane Goodall is leading WOMADelaide 2022 Planet Talks program, which announced the panel of personalities taking the stage this March.

The three-day forum of environmental discussion and debate features stimulating and inspiring Australian and international key speakers. Leading primatologist Goodall will be joined by one of Australia’s most respected media talents Waleed Aly, and renowned author and activist Bruce Pascoe.

Goodall will open the three-day program on Saturday, presenting via video link to the Planet Talks audience to be interviewed by Australian journalist Natasha Mitchell. The chat will discuss her more than six decades of work addressing the current threats facing chimpanzees, the global environmental crises, and her reasons for hope.

Waleed Aly will be joined by the ABC’s religion and ethics editor and Radio National presenter Scott Stephens, and the Adelaide University’s Professor of Politics Lisa Hill to present a live session of Radio National’s The Minefield.

At the festival in March, the trio will debate; “if, given that our current political parties and practices are failing our children, should kids get a say and be offered the right to vote?”

Bunurong, Tasmanian, Yuin man and celebrated author Bruce Pascoe will lead a discussion on how regenerative agriculture can adapt and enhance our food production systems, ensuring profitability while promoting sustainable and ecological farming practices.

Pascoe will be joined by the 2017 NSW Young Achiever for Environment and Sustainability Dr Anika Molesworth, and zoologist and merino sheep farmer Charles Massy, with the session being chaired by Anthony James, creator and host of the RegenNarration Podcast.

An array of other speakers and sessions were announced today, including talks about how civilization and nature have sustainably cohabitated for millenniums and a Future Forward session with six young, passionate advocates considering what a renewed relationship with the planet could look like. You can check out the full lineup here.

“The Planet Talks are an exciting and crucial forum for discussion and debate regarding the challenges and solutions ahead and a virtual snapshot of Australia’s wider conversations around sustainability and ecological concerns,” said WOMADelaide Director, Ian Scobie.  

South Australian Tourism Commission chief executive Rodney Harrex welcomed another big announcement for the state’s iconic WOMADelaide festival.

“It’s sensational to see such a strong lineup of speakers heading to Adelaide to help mark WOMADelaide’s 30th birthday and celebrate its return to its home in Botanic Park,” said Harrex.

“WOMADelaide offers visitors a rich program of music, arts, dance and entertainment for the whole family – and the Planet Talks series is a popular program highlight which sparks interesting discussion and helps raise the profile of our city.”

The Planet Talks are generously supported by Claire Pfister and David Paradice, the City of Adelaide, The Australia Institute and Schwartz Media.

WOMADelaide will run from March 11-March 14 in the Botanic Park/Tainmuntilla. Buy your tickets here.

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