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The Grass Ceiling is a project by Nick Blood and Sumithri Venketasubramanian, comprising podcast episodes and written articles. Full catalogue at: www.thegrassceiling.net.


Music: Jackson Wiebe (jackhwiebe@gmail.com)


Technical support: ANU Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (https://cpas.anu.edu.au/)


Project supervisor: Dr. Edwina Fingleton-Smith, Postdoctoral Fellow, ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society


Special thanks to: ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society (https://fennerschool.anu.edu.au/)

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The Grass Ceiling is a project by Nick Blood and Sumithri Venketasubramanian, comprising podcast episodes and written articles. Full catalogue at: www.thegrassceiling.net.


Music: Jackson Wiebe (jackhwiebe@gmail.com)


Technical support: ANU Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (https://cpas.anu.edu.au/)


Project supervisor: Dr. Edwina Fingleton-Smith, Postdoctoral Fellow, ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society


Special thanks to: ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society (https://fennerschool.anu.edu.au/)

    Hyperthreats: Too big to fathom? (w/ Dr. Elizabeth Boulton)

    Hyperthreats: Too big to fathom? (w/ Dr. Elizabeth Boulton)

    To say climate change is a threat to humankind could be an understatement; it's a hyperthreat, and bigger and badder solutions are needed to respond to this potentially catastrophic phenomenon. In this episode of The Grass Ceiling, we chat with Dr. Elizabeth Boulton about thinking like a planet, the importance of artists in climate action, and what neuroscience can tell us about communication.

    • 59 min
    Peter Piper picked a peck of ... climate change solutions?!

    Peter Piper picked a peck of ... climate change solutions?!

    Nick gives us a treat in this episode, with a live reading and discussion of one of his essays! What does the Drawdown Project (www.drawdown.org) tell us about prioritising the massive range of approaches that could be taken to tackle existential risks of all sorts?
    This article and more at www.thegrassceiling.net

    • 52 min
    What's the point of it all?

    What's the point of it all?

    To talk about the how, we have to discuss the why. What are some of the underlying assumptions we make in sustainability conversations? How do we make sense of what we know, and perhaps more importantly, what we don't know? The Grass Ceiling hosts Nick and Sumi get our philosopher hats on for this one!

    • 54 min
    Parks, plastics, and problem-solving

    Parks, plastics, and problem-solving

    Everything is interconnected! Nick and Sumi discuss interdisciplinary challenges, opportunities and solutions. Also, how to design your solution to a sustainability problem! | Interviews with: Brett McNamara (Senior Manager, ACT Parks), Cynthia Burton (Vice-President, National Parks Association of the ACT), and Kate Auty (ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment 

    • 55 min
    Sustainability: How did we get here?

    Sustainability: How did we get here?

    In this first episode of The Grass Ceiling podcast, Nick and Sumi explore how we got to a conception of today's sustainability. How did we get from the environmentalism movement of the '60s to the more recent United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals? Who practises sustainability? What on earth are the "three pillars"?

    • 27 min

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