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Big Ideas brings you the best of talks, forums, debates, and festivals held in Australia and around the world, casting light on the major social, cultural, scientific and political issues

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    • Society & Culture

Big Ideas brings you the best of talks, forums, debates, and festivals held in Australia and around the world, casting light on the major social, cultural, scientific and political issues

    How to take urgent action on climate change

    How to take urgent action on climate change

    Can the world achieve zero emissions by 2050? We need to put our foot on the accelerator if we’re to meet our Paris target. That’s the view of a former UN climate negotiator who was a key figure in the 2015 Paris Climate Talks. She warns that the time for action is now. And can citizens assemblies produce action on climate change?

    • 54 min
    What matters most for weight control?

    What matters most for weight control?

    Many diets fail because your metabolism and brain adapt to different kinds of diets and physical activity.

    When you cut back your energy in-take, your body starts creating appetite enhancers.

    • 54 min
    Are you tired of being tired?

    Are you tired of being tired?

    Despite your best efforts do you struggle to get enough sleep or to wake up feeling refreshed ? Tiredness is a common complaint as the working day extends and we do more and more . But getting enough sleep isn’t as simple as it sounds. You might be out of step with your body clock or have a sleep disorder. Three sleep specialists tackle the secrets of sleep.

    • 54 min
    Writers discuss how they capture a sense of place

    Writers discuss how they capture a sense of place

    Writing about 'place' is more than parachuting into an unfamiliar location, meeting a few people, rehashing well-worn clichés, then flying out again. Three writers discuss the places they written about, and how to capture the essence of people and place.

    • 53 min
    The power of girls

    The power of girls

    Jan Fran campaigns for the power of girls.

    Why is it that girls are still less likely to work and learn than boys? Why are girls still expected to adapt and keep the peace instead of speaking out?

    A major factor that empowers girls, is it to give them self-confidence at an early age and to tell them that the world is theirs to conquer.

    • 54 min
    Five perspectives on the fight for human rights in Australia

    Five perspectives on the fight for human rights in Australia

    Mahatma Gandhi lived a life committed to social justice and human rights. In this year's lecture to honour his memory five Australian women talk about their work in indigenous communities, for people with disabilities, refugees , LGBTIQ and campaigns to reduce domestic violence.

    • 54 min

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