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Stimulus Summit: A Renewables-Led Economic Recovery

On 6 May, the Smart Energy Council and Renew Economy hosted the Stimulus Summit: A Renewables-Led Economic Recovery, a virtual conference with over 2000 participants and a stellar line up of speakers. If you are feeling a bit low about what’s happening to our economy, I highly recommend you tune into the recording of this event for some of Australia’s smartest thinkers talking about the road to a sustainable recovery.

Watch the webinar sessions

Several members attended (and spoke) at the conference and here is a quick snapshot of their thoughts. 


Dan Pediaditis – Senior Program Manager, Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation

Three things that inspired you the most?

  • That we can include aluminium smelters in the solutions mix!
  • That state governments of all persuasions are broadly supportive and not taking up ideological and combative positions.
  • That we can harness this crisis and use it to hasten the transition we must make.

Three organisations you would recommend following up to potentially fund?

  • Beyond Zero Emissions
  • Smart Energy Council
  • Monash Climate Change Communications Research Hub
  • And many others…. Call me!

Three actions that philanthropy needs to take to make sure this sustainable transition happens?

  • Herd the cats so that the many people and organisations doing green stimulus work are doing this together with a more united voice.
  • Support communication of the economic benefits of transition at scale (hearts)
  • Support targeted advocacy and influence of key decision makers (minds)

Sue Mathews, Trustee of the Mullum Trust

Three things that inspired you the most?

  • The unanimity of commitment to renewables from four state government energy ministers (WA, Qld, SA, Vic), from both sides of politics.
  • The solutions really are there – if we can make aluminium smelting part of the solution, we can do anything.
  • The idea of advancing the concept of Sustainable Development to Regenerative Development.

Three organisations you would recommend following up to potentially fund?

From the summit:

  • Beyond Zero Emissions
  • Farmers for Climate Action
  • Smart Energy Council

And:

  • Centre for Policy Development
  • ClimateWorks
  • Environment Victoria and
  • 350.org

Three actions that philanthropy needs to take to make sure this sustainable transition happens?

  • Find ways to undercut the influence of the fossil fuel industry on federal government recovery plans.
  • Focus on the links between the economic and the environmental/climate recoveries.
  • Invest in some of the amazing solutions that are out there.

Eytan Lenko, Lenko Family Foundation

Three things that inspired you the most?

  • Agreement between states on the necessity for clean stimulus.
  • The number of people thinking about building a better society after coronavirus.
  • Agreement that we can solve jobs, recovery and climate at the same time.

Three organisations you would recommend following up to potentially fund?

In this space orgs that are working to impact decision makers and the public:

  • Smart Energy Council
  • WWF
  • Climate Council
  • Sunrise
  • Beyond Zero Emissions (please note that I have a conflict here as I’m also the Chair)

Three actions that philanthropy needs to take to make sure the transition happens?

  • Fund organisations working on the transition.
  • Use our personal networks to help get these plans in front of decision makers.
  • Put on your business/industry hat and help advocate.