Neil Gunningham has degrees in law and criminology from Sheffield University, UK, is a Barrister and Solicitor (ACT) and holds a PhD from ANU. Although initially trained in law, his subsequent post-graduate work was in interdisciplinary social science, and for the last fifteen years he has applied that training principally in the areas of safety, health and environment, with a focus on regulation and governance.
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According to many leading scientists a rise of just one and half degrees Celsius in global temperatures is synonymous with catastrophic impacts to our world. In the face of traditional climate change campaigning failing to create substantial change, many environmental organisations and climate activists have turned to grassroots movements in an attempt to instigate government action.
In early November, RegNet’s Professor Neil Gunningham, presented a lecture at the University of Tasmania about the severity of the climate crisis and Extinction Rebellion, an international movement which uses non-violent civil disobedience to instigate action from governments and organisations. The lecture was featured on ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas program on 7 November 2019.
“History suggests that governments will only take radical action if there is intense pressure on them to do so,” Neil said.
“Perhaps what is most different about Extinction Rebellion, is its strategy for change” he continued.