PODCAST: Interview with Anna Rose — ‘Madlands: A Journey to Change the Mind of a Climate Sceptic’

Posted on June 14, 2012 by


In this interview, I speak with Anna Rose, co-founder of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, star of the ABC TV documentary I Can Change Your Mind About…Climate and author of Madlands: A Journey to Change the Mind of a Climate Sceptic.

DOWNLOAD: Interview with Anna Rose.mp3

In the interview, Anna and I talk about her experiences with former Liberal senator Nick Minchin in the production of I Can Change Your Mind About…Climate, what she learnt from making the documentary and writing Madlands about the nature of climate scepticism, her response to intellectual and social conservatism in the climate debate, and the crucial role of young people in the climate movement.

About ‘Madlands’

Anna Rose is a co-founder and Chair of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) and is a former Environment Minister’s joint Young Environmentalist of the Year.  Previously, Anna has worked with the National Union of Students working with students across 37 Universities to win clean energy victories, is a former editor of Australia’s largest student paper, and holds a first class honours degree in Arts (Asian Studies) and Law.  In 2011 Anna completed a Churchill fellowship traveling to the United States, UK and China researching innovative climate change policies and youth-driven social movements.

In Madlands, Anna goes on a journey around the world with former Liberal Party powerbroker Nick Minchin in tow.  She’s on a mission: to see if she can change the mind of one sceptic, and with him, the views of a nation confused about the science behind the biggest threat humanity has ever faced.  Through the eyes of one young Australian, we’re invited to step back and look at the bigger picture of what we know about climate change, and what we don’t.  Madlands is part travel story, part scientific exploration, part tale of self-discovery, and part call to arms. It is written to inform, entertain and ultimately to change the debate on climate change in Australia.

Madlands Public Forum in Albury

On Wednesday 13th June 2012, the Albury-Wodonga chapter of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition hosted a public forum with Anna Rose and other representatives of the AYCC from Melbourne to promote Madlands, at which I also gave a short presentation about our local AYCC chapter.  During their visit, Anna and her AYCC colleagues also conducted workshops at Albury High School, James Fallon High School, Murray High School and Wodonga Senior Secondary College, met with representatives from local sustainability groups including Wodonga and Albury Toward Climate Health (WATCH), and liaised with local media organisations including the Border Mail and ABC Goulburn Murray.


Lisa Tuck is a third year Bachelor of Arts (Humanities and Social Sciences) student who is concerned about international relations as well as local political issues.  She is currently a member of the student-run People’s Action Club (PAC) at La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga campus, is a founding member of the Albury-Wodonga chapter of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC), and is a regular contributor to Our Voice: Albury Wodonga.  Lisa is passionate about climate change politics and holds a particular interest in policy matters in the field of education.

The views in this story are those of the author and not necessarily those of Our Voice: Politics Albury-Wodonga.