This is an infuriating interview with Polly Hemming, Senior Researcher at The Australia Institute. Polly is amazing, but the interview is infuriating because of the outright deceit practiced in the field of Climate Data and Carbon Credits. I kept wanting to stop the interview to scream and throw things. An enlightening, fascinating, and enraging conversation!
“There’s so many vested interests now, and the lines between government and industry are so blurred in Australia, that it’s really hard to know, even when government is telling you things, the extent to which that is real and what the real story is.”
“Our tagline is ‘we change minds’, and you can’t do that unless you can clearly explain what’s happening to people, and not just in a way that suits your agenda.but in a way that actually empowers them to understand things themselves.”
“What I wish everyone knew is that data is just information. There’s lots of different types of data… I come from a family of scientists, but I’m not… I always grew up thinking that data was just numbers, and that’s something I’ve never been interested in or good at, but everyone uses data every single day. It’s just not codified as data. I think people attribute a very narrow mathematical definition to it which is very limiting. You individually and intuitively and unconsciously use data in every decision throughout your day.”