Why are we hacking climate?
Concern about climate change is the number one issue for young people in Australia. In Triple J’s annual What’s Up in Your World survey, the 2019 results identified climate change as the biggest issue affecting their generation (43%). Growing by 11%, climate now out ranks jobs and housing as the key issue.
Recent protests including the global Climate Strike, saw almost 300,000 Australians take to the streets to demand action on climate change. It’s important to note, not all protesters were young people or students – it was a mass movement attracting business people, academics, parents and grandparents.
At present we are not seeing a pathway to the future through climate change – we are seeing resistance on all sides. We appear to be at an impasse.
The aim of the hackathon is to begin breaking this impasse and we want you to be involved. We are hacking climate precisely because all other methods don’t seem to be working. It’s time to try a new approach.
How can you get involved?
There are many ways to get involved.
- Social, creative and tech entrepreneurs: We need to rethink the way that we tackle this challenge. Come imagine, create and prototype solutions
- Socially-aware businesses can sponsor the event: Companies that understand the importance of a “social license to operate” can bring resources to support hackathon challenges, including expertise, data and financial support. Help focus our attention on the challenges as you see them
- Governments and agencies: Deep understanding of the policy levers available can help participants create sustainable solutions
- Lived experience: We believe in the power of co-design and will actively engage affected communities in the development of the hackathon challenges.