Think: Sustainability

Think: Sustainability is about practical actions for a better planet.

From waste to wealth, and grids to growth, the show digs into the impact of consumption across all areas of life — it tracks the movements, discoveries and technologies making way for a sustainable future.

As we continue to trash our oceans and terrestrial environments, many are pitching the model of the circular economy as an answer to our problem with waste. Building on the reduce, reuse, recycle model, the circular economy promises an end to overflowing dumps where products are continually repurposed to serve a new function. While the promise of circularity sounds so good, this episode we unpack how a circular economy universe might actually see us produce even more waste and potentially cause greater social inequity.


Featuring:

Trevor Zink - Assistant Professor of Management from Loyola Marymount University.

Melissa Edwards - Senior Lecturer in the University of Technology Sydney Business School.


Where we've typically ascribed trauma to the individual, climate change now sees large groups of people sharing the same damaging experience in what's being called 'collective trauma'. But as post-disaster care continues to prioritise physical safety, the mental health of survivors often falls to the wayside. This episode we explore the global implications of climate change on mental health and why our mental health services aren't ready for what's to come.


Featuring:

Lucy Chen - Student at the University of Technology Sydney and Climate Activist.

Helen Berry - Professor of Climate Change and Mental Health at the University of Sydney.

Jennifer First - Program Manager at the Disaster and Community Crisis Centre at the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Producer/Presenter: Jake Morcom.


When tobacco company Philip Morris sued Australia over our plain packaging laws, it's fair to say we were taken by surprise. How can a foreign company take a nation's government to tribunal for protecting its citizens health? The answer is Investor State Dispute Settlement, an obscure clause in free trade agreements allowing corporations to sue foreign governments for what it perceives be unfair discrimination. In practice, this tends to end up happening over regulations in two area: health and the environment. This episode unpacks how ISDS could put a stranglehold on regulations and policies that put people ahead of profit.


Producer/Presenter: Cheyne Anderson.


Featuring:

Dr Patricia Ranald - Convenor of Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network.

Dr Carl Rhodes - Professor of Organisational Studies at the University of Technology Sydney.

Matthew Rimmer - Professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation Law at the Queensland University of Technology.

Max Bonnell - Partner, White and Case.


What can the sounds of the stratosphere tell us about the nature of noise on the ground?


Featuring:

Julius Ambroisine - PhD Student at the University of Technology Sydney.


In the City of Sydney, there are more than 400 parks and open spaces offering more than 188 hectares of natural respite. But are these places we go to, to escape the concrete jungles that tower over us, just another reminder that we have buried our histories?


This is part two of a series exploring the classism of the environmental movement.


Featuring:

Professor Jaky Troy - Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research at the University of Sydney.

Peter McNeil - Distinguished Professor in Design History, School of Design at the University of Technology Sydney.

Penny Allan - Professor of Landscape Architecture, School of Architecture at the University of Technology Sydney.