Thank you for joining us for the Planetary Health Equity Hothouse’s inaugural annual Policy Symposium, titled ‘Extinction thwarted? The nexus between climate change, social equity and health’.  

Humanity faces three major and interconnected challenges – climate change, social inequality and premature death and disease. Governance approaches to date have failed to address these problems, and in many cases have made the situation worse by approaching these issues and their common drivers in isolation from each other. For a governance response to be commensurate with the challenges faced by society, a more holistic approach is needed that brings disciplines and sectors together, and recognises the importance of addressing the common structural drivers of planetary health inequity. 

Hosted by Prof Sharon Friel, Director of the Planetary Health Equity Hothouse, with opening remarks from ANU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Brian P. Schmidt AC, and the Honourable Ged Kearney MPattendees heard government, non-government and academic experts discuss the political, economic, and social dimensions of planetary health equity. Throughout the day we explored the role of different economic models, power in policy systems, and opportunities offered by optimising climate change mitigation policies for social and health goals.

The aim of the day was not to simply describe the problem but to identify the conditions that can enable the transformation of the system towards the promotion of the equitable enjoyment of good health for all within the context of a stable, sustainable ecosystem, and shift governance practices toward a more effective modern paradigm. The symposium comprises four consecutive sessions: Setting the Scene; Follow the Money; Advancing Progressive Policy, and Thwarting Extinction: Making it Happen.


The full program, including speakers and agenda, is available here


Registrations for this event are now closed.


Getting to the venue

In the spirit of the event and Hothouse, we encourage you to use active and/or public transport. Car parking on ANU campus is quite limited. You can find further information about transport and parking on the university's website, and below. 

Walking Alinga to venue

Walking from Civic (Canberra CBD)

It is about 2kms from the Alinga St tram stop (Civic) to the venue. Allocate about 40-45 minutes for the walk and to settle into your seat before the starting time of 9:15am.

People riding bicycles
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If you come by bicycle, there is plenty of bike parking at the entrance to the building (as well as a water bubbler).

Statue positioned as if riding a scooter


E-scooters are available through Beam Mobility and Neuron Mobility and are an efficient way to get from the uni’s surrounds to the venue. If you’re new to e-scooters and/or from outside of Canberra, make sure you’ve downloaded the apps first.

Toy car with Lego people as passengers


If you do need to drive, we encourage you to carpool. Visitors are able to park in Pay As You Go parking zones and Pay & Display zones after paying the appropriate fee to do so. There are a limited number of time limited parking bays at no charge. More information on PAYG.

Parking fees.

Map of visitors parking options.

The Planetary Health Equity Hothouse is the centrepiece of the Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship in Governance for Planetary Health Equity, housed in the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University.

Read here to find out more about our work. 

Join Jon Altman as he explores how workable the proposed regulatory framework to ‘repair nature’ might be on First Nations titled lands that are fast expanding as the main portion of the Australia’s National Reserve System.

Since September 2022 the Albanese government has looked to expand the previous government’s Agriculture Biodiversity Stewardship Market Bill 2022 into a more sophisticated and spatially far-reaching framework to financially underwrite biodiversity conservation and monitor its expected improvement.

This is a part of the new government’s response to the 2020 Samuel Review of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, found to be deficient, and the 2021 State of the Environment Report documenting ongoing biodiversity loss. In December 2022 a lengthy exposure draft of the Nature Repair Market Bill was released for comment.

In this seminar, based in part on his submission on the exposure draft, Jon explores how workable the proposed regulatory framework to ‘repair nature’ might be on First Nations titled lands that are fast expanding as the main portion of the Australia’s National Reserve System.

The proposal is modelled on the perceived success of the commodification of carbon (emissions) although carbon as property is clearly very different from biodiversity as property. The proposal to commodify nature is a radical policy departure with an eye no doubt on possible global ‘nature-related’ financial disclosures requirements currently being considered by an international Taskforce.

But if passed, will Nature Repair Market law be effective in financing biodiversity conservation and what might be its shortcomings from the perspective of First Nations landholders?

About the speaker

Jon Altman is an anthropologist, economist and policy analyst who has had a decades-long interest in development alternatives on First Nations lands that will help protect and enhance their exceptional cultural and environmental values while delivering livelihoods. He currently a non-executive director of a number of Indigenous led not-for-profit organisations including the Karrdakd Kanjdji Trust and Original Power and is an adviser to the First Nations Clean Energy Network.

COVID protocols

The ANU strongly encourages you to keep a mask with you at all times (for use when COVID-19 safe behaviours are not practicable) and to be respectful of colleagues, students and visitors who may wish to continue to wear one. Please continue to practice good hygiene. If you are unwell, please stay home. The ANU’s COVID Safety advice can be accessed here.

This seminar presentation will be in-person only.

Image credit: Image of beautiful billabong with buff and pig damage in Kakadu supplied by the speaker.