Beating the Heat: Community action for cool cities: Green Institute Conference 2023

By Elissa Jenkins October 23, 2023

This recording is from The City Transformed: Urban life at the end of the world as we know it – Green Institute Conference 2023, specifically the stream entitled ‘Beating the Heat: Community action for cool cities”, with Emma Bacon (Sweltering Cities), Holstein Wong and Ryan McNeilly Smith. Facilitated by Green Institute Board Chair Rebecca Galdies.

Emma Bacon

Emma Bacon is a passionate organiser, campaigner and activist. Emma has worked across movements for social and environmental justice for over 10 years on campaigns including an international asbestos ban, 10 cent deposits on bottles and cans, and union campaigns with shopping centre cleaners. She has run successful political campaigns and been part of winning significant outcomes for progressive change at local to international levels.

Emma founded Sweltering Cities, a new organisation that works directly with communities in our hottest suburbs to campaign and advocate for more liveable, equitable and sustainable cities. Since the beginning of 2020 Sweltering Cities has connected with thousands of people around the country who want to help create the cities, suburbs and homes of our future. Emma is committed to building a broad movement for climate justice.

Holstein Wong

Holstein Wong is a member of the North Brisbane Greens and works in the resources sector, focusing on the energy transition for industry. As a resident and community advocate in Meanjin, Holstein is interested in how grassroots activities can shape and inform our cities in terms of planning and livability, and what actions can be taken by local residents to influence local decision-making processes to tackle urban heating.

Ryan McNeilly Smith

Ryan McNeilly Smith is a town planner and urban climate specialist. Ryan draws upon his research as PhD Candidate to investigate, analyse and develop evidence-based responses to heat hazards. Ryan is passionate about using his practice to create and sustain just and equitable settlements.


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