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What is the Better Futures Forum?
The Better Futures Forum is the Better Futures Australia communities’ first event spanning three days, 17-19 August 2021, to drive nationwide climate action. In light of the pandemic, the Forum will be held in a dynamic virtual space that connects individuals through interactive plenary sessions, lightning talks, workshops and entertainment across a number of virtual stages.
Leaders in energy, business, finance, health, agriculture, transport, local and state government, unions, and First Nations communities will showcase their plans and achievements in reducing carbon emissions, and publicly launch their collective commitment to ambitious national climate action.
Providing a unique platform for the robust exchange of ideas, the Better Futures Forum will catalyse the innovations and opportunities of the energy transformation and is timed for maximum influence on the Australian position at the UN Climate Conference in November.
Keynote speakers for the event include former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon; NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean; US Climate and Foreign Policy Advisor Jonathan Pershing; UNFCCC High-Level Champion of Chile, Entrepreneur Mr. Gonzalo Muñoz; CEO of HESTA superfund, Debby Blakey; Founder and CEO of Vulcan Energy, Dr. Francis Wedin; Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Sandy Verschoor, Co-Chair of the Indigenous Peoples’ Organisation, Cathryn Eatock; and President of the National Council of Churches, Bishop Philip Huggins.
They will be joined by a diverse lineup of experts including senior leaders from businesses and organisations such Wesfarmers, Australian Impact Investments, Intrepid Travel, Australian Council of Social Service, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, Farmers for Climate Action, Smart Energy Council, Green Building Council of Australia, Outdoor Council of Australia, and many others at the cutting edge of climate action in their sectors.
Further speakers will be announced as part of an agenda which includes sessions ranging from state and local government and private sector ambition to decarbonise the economy; opportunities for driving further climate action across sectors for a healthy, resilient Australia; to showcasing contributions towards Australia's fair share of the Paris Agreement; and much much more.
The Forum will be held in a dynamic virtual space that connects individuals through interactive plenary sessions, lightning talks, workshops, exhibits and entertainment across a number of virtual stages.
The program includes breakout sessions ranging from state and local government ambition to decarbonise the economy; opportunities for private sector leaders to drive further climate action and realise the benefits of a zero emissions future; to showcasing contributions towards Australia's fair share of the Paris Agreement; and much much more.
Join us for the best opportunity of the year to engage decision makers and interact with and be inspired by climate champions across all corners of society and the economy. Discover and share actions underway and plan how we can work together to create better futures for us all.
The Forum is an initiative of Better Futures Australia, supported by Climate Action Network Australia and partners.
Where and when will the Forum take place?
The fully virtual national Better Futures Forum will take place on 17-19 August 2021. Three online sessions will run each day at 9:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM AEST/Sydney time. The full experience, including interactive plenary sessions, lightning talks, workshops, exhibits, and entertainment, will be accessible via an online platform. Recordings of all sessions will be available to registrants.
Please note, program details below are subject to change. Thanks for your patience as we bring together an inspiring lineup for an exciting event.
The Forum will use a combination of virtual experiences to engage and connect up to 1,000 people, businesses, and brands. The program will apply a mix of the right technologies for a high-quality, TV-style broadcast of dynamic content while prioritising interactive participation.
Optional side-events will provide participants with a chance to celebrate climate actions and tangible positive impacts in their city or region.
What is Better Futures Australia?
Better Futures Australia's network of partners has brought together climate champions from every sector of society and the economy – finance; business; agriculture; health; faith groups; local, state and territory governments; First Nations; unions and more – who are:
1. Calling for ambitious national targets and action; and
2. Reimagining our future by demonstrating scalable climate solutions and success stories already underway.
Sign the Declaration today and join us in demonstrating the willingness of Australians to take ambitious climate action.
Coordination and collaboration across industry sectors and communities are central to Better Futures Australia's work in driving ambitious climate action today. This is done primarily through Sector Working Groups that bring together new and existing climate champions in their industry sectors and communities and connect in partners which provide support for scaling further actions.
Part of a global network of national alliances of climate champions driving climate action in their countries, including the United States, Argentina, Mexico, Vietnam, Japan, Brazil, and South Africa, you are invited to be inspired and inspire others to step up climate action as part of the Better Futures Australia community during a ground-breaking year for global momentum on climate.
Visit the Better Futures Australia website for more detailed information.
Who supports Better Futures Australia?
Better Futures Australia is supported by Climate Action Network Australia (CANA), a registered charity. It represents over 110 diverse members working collectively to amplify climate action and drive further ambition at a national scale. Better Futures Australia partners include Australian Conservation Foundation, Beyond Zero Emissions, ClimateWorks Australia, Climate and Health Alliance, Australian Council of Social Service, Greenpeace Australia Pacific, the Investor Group on Climate Change and WWF Australia.
Better Futures Australia is part of a global network of national alliances of climate champions driving climate action in their countries.
Still have questions? Visit the Better Futures Australia website to read more about the initiative.
Who can attend the Better Futures Forum?
This inaugural Better Futures Forum will be fully virtual and everyone can register to participate. Depending on your industry sector, different ticket options are available via the Registration page.
When does registration open?
Early bird registration is open now through to 5pm, 30 June 2021 (AEST). Standard registration will close 5pm, 16 August 2021 (AEST). For more information, visit the Registration page.
Do I have to attend all sessions?
No, however registration for the event is a flat fee regardless of how many sessions you attend. To get the most benefit and value from your registration, we suggest you save the dates in your diary now to avoid disappointment.
How much does it cost to attend the Better Futures Forum?
A number of registration options are available. For more information, visit the Registration page. Complimentary tickets are offered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and complementary and discounted options available for Better Futures Australia members.
Will the Forum be recorded?
Yes. Sessions will be recorded for the purpose of documenting outcomes and future promotional purposes. Recordings will only be available to registered participants.
How will you accommodate accessibility requirements at the Forum?
When you register for the event, we will ask if you have any access requirements. We will then work with you to ensure that you are supported. Feel free to email our team or call Katie Sheehan on 0412 675 672 if you have any specific questions or concerns.
I am interested in sponsorship opportunities. Tell me more...
The Better Futures Forum has a number of sponsorship opportunities available for Vision Leaders, Change Advocates and Supporting Partners. Visit the Sponsorship page for more information.