March 2022 – December 2023
Black and white photo of old historic power station stacks from outside.

Presented by the Powerhouse, 100 Climate Conversations profiles innovators leading Australia’s response to climate change.

As Australia’s most ambitious climate-focused cultural project, 100 Climate Conversations inspires action by presenting an evidence-based and empowering vision of the future. The program showcases 100 visionary Australians taking effective action to respond to the most critical issue of our time, climate change. From regional farmers sequestering soil carbon, Traditional Owners managing Country through cultural burning, architects building carbon-neutral homes, to entrepreneurs leading the world’s most ambitious renewable energy projects — each offers an inspired narrative of invention, community and resilience.

The conversations, hosted by the nation’s most respected journalists, will be recorded live at the Powerhouse. Video and transcripts will be uploaded to our website and a podcast, produced in partnership with Spotify, will be released weekly. Upon completion records of the 100 conversations will be archived for future generations as part of the museum’s collection.

Photographic negatives and prints of Ultimo Powerhouse, by David Lee, about 1960

Before it was home to the Powerhouse museum the Ultimo Power Station, built in 1898, supplied coal-powered electricity to Sydney’s tram system in to the 1960s. 100 Climate Conversations takes place within the former boiler hall, where unique industrial features including the imposing chimneys and coal cart rail tracks are still present. Heralded as a great period of technological innovation, the Industrial Revolution resulted in the release of billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide into the air contributing to the climate crisis. 100 Climate Conversations looks from this architectural context towards the innovations of the present and to the people committed to preserving our world as we know it.

100 Climate Conversations is the Powerhouse’s first carbon neutral exhibition. Certified by Climate Active.

100 Climate Conversations is multi-platform collaboration across the live program, exhibition and podcast. The Museum gratefully acknowledges the work of the climate leaders and creatives who worked with us to realise this ambitious project.

100 Climate Conversations is curated by Catherine Polcz and produced by Brianna Barwise. Exhibition coordination by Jane Latief. Exhibition design by Elizabeth Gadsby and Hugh O’Connor. Creative direction on audiovisual content by Mike Daly. Cinematography by Sam Phibbs and sound installation by Brendan Woithe. Podcast sound composition by Felicity Mangan. Special thanks to the Digital Engagement team led by Callum Cooper. Web design by Linked by Air with support led by Julie Floyd. Video and post-production support by Georgina Veneziani. Photography and campaign creative direction led by Zan Wimberley. Audiovisual media tech led by Owen Conlan, Jessica James-Moody and Bec Godfrey. Editorial support from Sally Rose and Laura Box. Podcast production support from Audiocraft. Thank you to Associate Director First Nations Sarah Szydzik for support and collaboration.

Thanks to our audio partner Spotify.

Journalists

Patrick Abboud
Yaara Bou Melhem
Nate Byrne
Gabrielle Chan
Rachael Hocking
Rae Johnston
Benjamin Law
Paddy Manning
Craig Reucassel
Marian Wilkinson

Presented by the Powerhouse, 100 Climate Conversations profiles innovators leading Australia’s response to climate change.

As Australia’s most ambitious climate-focused cultural project, 100 Climate Conversations inspires action by presenting an evidence-based and empowering vision of the future. The program showcases 100 visionary Australians taking effective action to respond to the most critical issue of our time, climate change. From regional farmers sequestering soil carbon, Traditional Owners managing Country through cultural burning, architects building carbon-neutral homes, to entrepreneurs leading the world’s most ambitious renewable energy projects — each offers an inspired narrative of invention, community and resilience.

The conversations, hosted by the nation’s most respected journalists, will be recorded live at the Powerhouse. Video and transcripts will be uploaded to our website and a podcast, produced in partnership with Spotify, will be released weekly. Upon completion records of the 100 conversations will be archived for future generations as part of the museum’s collection.

Before it was home to the Powerhouse museum the Ultimo Power Station, built in 1898, supplied coal-powered electricity to Sydney’s tram system in to the 1960s. 100 Climate Conversations takes place within the former boiler hall, where unique industrial features including the imposing chimneys and coal cart rail tracks are still present. Heralded as a great period of technological innovation, the Industrial Revolution resulted in the release of billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide into the air contributing to the climate crisis. 100 Climate Conversations looks from this architectural context towards the innovations of the present and to the people committed to preserving our world as we know it.

100 Climate Conversations is the Powerhouse’s first carbon neutral exhibition. Certified by Climate Active.

Journalists

Patrick Abboud
Yaara Bou Melhem
Nate Byrne
Gabrielle Chan
Rachael Hocking
Rae Johnston
Benjamin Law
Paddy Manning
Craig Reucassel
Marian Wilkinson