It’s that time again! Here to judge this week’s #atoms4earth contest is the one and only Mr. Ben Heard!
Director, ThinkClimate Consulting and Founder, Decarbonise SA
Masters of Corporate Environmental and Sustainability Management (MCESM), Monash
University. PhD Candidate, University of Adelaide
Ben Heard is Director of ThinkClimate Consulting, a climate change and sustainability consulting firm. Ben’s appreciation of the climate crisis forced an evidence-based rethink of his long-held opposition to nuclear power. In early 2011 he delivered his seminal presentation Nuclear Power: From Opponent to Proponent to a strong response and Ben has since become one of Australia’s most prominent nuclear advocates. Ben is now undertaking doctoral studies with the University of Adelaide examining pathways for the introduction of nuclear power, and in particular advanced nuclear energy systems, into Australia’s electricity market. His writing and advocacy continues to challenge the dominant environmentalist paradigm with calls for an evidence-based re-appraisal of nuclear energy in the face of climate change and other environmental pressures.
In case you missed any, check out last week’s entries here.
And the winner is…..Rasmus Kiehl (for the second time!) with an important meme about public health. Here is Ben’s explanation for this choice:
My selection is “Energy Poverty Causes Lung Cancer- Nuclear Energy Doesn’t”, Rasmus Kiehl.
For just two images and so few words this meme imparts a great many important concepts, including the horrendous health impacts of energy poverty and the fact that it remains a grinding, dirty reality for so many in the world. I love the contrast with a smokestack-free producer of vast amounts of energy, I found that really effective.
Fresh off the back of an energy panel for leaders in Adelaide and an energy hypothetical in Perth, I remain deeply troubled at the almost surreal level of ignorance relating to both the quantity of energy we consume through centralised supply and what it means for those who have to do without it. This of course overflows to absurd discussions of the “risk” of nuclear energy. I think this meme can serve as an effective, though-provoking gateway to more critical considerations about energy.
Honourable mentions to Lenka Koller and Adam Cooper, they were strongly in the running.
Congrats Rasmus! And thanks Ben and to everyone who has participated so far! Only a few weeks left! Keep the #atoms4earth memes coming!