Climate Change

Episode 44 - Australia Votes with Adam Pulford

We begin season 3, the only way we possibly could, politically. Most listeners will be aware that Australia is currently in the midst of an federal election. Here at binge thinking, we wanted to speak with youth representatives of each the parties to find out what they think the issues are, and why they feel they are best placed to look after your interests. Fundamentally, we wanted to know what makes a young person see the a bright future with a particular political party? So we approached the offices of the Young LiberalsYoung Labor and Victorian Young Greens, along with some of their millennial candidates. And while the Liberal and Labor parties did not respond to our requests for an interview, one millennial Greens candidate did. 

Adam Pulford is a 29 year old social activist running as the Greens candidate for the electorate of Wills, which stretches from Melbourne's Inner north of Brunswick through to Coburg, Pascoe Vale, Fawkner and Glenroy. The seat is currently held by Labor's Peter Khalil by 4.9% and is considered in play for the Greens who won 31% of the primary vote in the last election. So how did Adam, a 29 year old (originally from the Northern Territory) who grew up socially conservative and first voted Liberal in 2007, end up becoming a Greens political candidate with an actual chance of winning? Adam and Caspar sat down to discuss this, along with his life working as a social activist, his work with Greens MP Adam Bandt, his views on leadership, how he came to terms with his homosexuality, and going public about his mental health. As always, this episode was produced and edited by the incredibly talented and hard working Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic

Adam and Caspar enjoying the first binge of 2019!

Adam and Caspar enjoying the first binge of 2019!

Episode 23: Queensland Politics with Amy MacMahon

In this episode Caspar gets binge thinking with 31 year old sociologist, Amy MacMahon. Amy has spent the last four years completing her PhD on adaptation initiatives in Bangladesh rolled out by NGOs and governments to combat climate change. She investigates how these initiative impact women farmers specifically and perpetuate gender inequality.

But Amy has another side. She is also running as a Greens candidate for South Brisbane in the upcoming Queensland state elections. Caspar and Amy binge on her journey to politics through her research, navigating the difficult and insecure Australian labour market, her family and her personal life. You can follow Amy on Twitter and Facebook This episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic

Caspar and Amy post binge on life, politics, environment, and welfare. 

Caspar and Amy post binge on life, politics, environment, and welfare. 

Episode 22: The Vertical Year with Josh Worley

Are you afraid of heights? Have you ever wondered why some people love mountain climbing in extreme conditions? Caspar speaks to 29 year old Josh Worley about The Vertical Year: his mission to spend 12 months climbing mountains around the world while raising $100,000 for mental health and environmental charities. Josh explains how climbing helps him confront fear and anxiety and break the monotony of everyday life. He hopes he can share these benefits with others by using his climbing to raise money for Reach Out and The Climate Council. You can read Josh's regular column at Zen and the Art of Climbing, or follow his exploits (and donate) at the Vertical Year website, on Instagram or on Facebook. This episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic

Caspar and Josh post binge

Caspar and Josh post binge

Episode 15: Great Barrier Grief with Jessie Hildebrand

In this episode, Binge Thinking brings you marine scientist, turtle rescuer and mother of joeys Jessie Hildebrand. Jessie shares her unique experiences at the Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. She also schools Caspar in the pollution from Tasmanian fish farming, ethical meat consumption, and riffs on the Great Barrier Reef in crisis. What is coral bleaching anyway? And how much has it REKT the Reef? What does a cow’s ‘moo’ really say? Hear the struggle of a young graduate in a country in denial. An epic failing for conservation, sustainability and renewable energy.  This episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic. 

Marine Biologist and 'professional turtle rescuer'  Jessie Hildebrand  explains coral bleaching and why it's wrecking the Great Barrier Reef.

Marine Biologist and 'professional turtle rescuer' Jessie Hildebrand explains coral bleaching and why it's wrecking the Great Barrier Reef.

Episode 4: Speech Pathology with Katherine Gehrke

After a brief interlude (#1) Caspar went into the wide wonderful world of Speech Pathology with Katherine Gehrke (@klgehrke). Aside from helping children (and their parents) overcome speech problems, Katherine is also an avid science communicator who suffers from imposter syndrome. Caspar and Katherine binged on work, passion, internal conflicts and the mice that live in Caspar’s kitchen. You can check out Katherine’s own video content on her great YouTube channel or follow her on Twitter. As per usual, all music is by Big Gigantic and this episode was co-produced by Nina Roxburgh. Rate us, like us, review us, and FOR SCIENCE’S SAKE GET ON BOARD!

Speech Pathologist and Science Communicator Katherine Gehrke got Binge Thinking with us on Episode 4

Speech Pathologist and Science Communicator Katherine Gehrke got Binge Thinking with us on Episode 4

Episode 3: Climate Change Activism with Nick Carter

It's been hot in Brisbane recently, a little too hot! Forget the Hottest 100, 2016 was the third year in a row claiming 'hottest year ever'. In this episode, Caspar got cooked binge thinking with Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) activist and all around good-guy Nick Carter. Nick schooled Caspar in all things climate change in Australia including details of specific campaigns underway, the moral case for action, why our politicians suck at this and how we can understand why baby boomers love their coal. You can check out the AYCC on the web, Facebook, Instagram (@ayccqld) and Twitter (@aycc.qld). As always, all the awesome music you hear is by Big Gigantic (www.biggigantic.net) who we thank for their permission to use. Get on board... and get involved!

Things get heated when you're Binge Thinking on Climate Change with Nick Carter

Things get heated when you're Binge Thinking on Climate Change with Nick Carter