‘I Think You’re On Mute’

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COP28 – A Climate For Humanitarian Change 


 The Vic Hub’s Associate Director of Drought Resilience, Te’o Lau Dr Vili Iese, is part of the Humanitarian Advisory Group’s (HAG’s) latest podcast, speaking about his part in creating the framework for Greening the System. 

 In this episode of “I Think You’re On Mute”, host Beth Eggleston explores COP28 and why it’s important for the humanitarian sector to be engaged, what the sector is looking to see, and the steps that can be taken to green the humanitarian system.  


I Think You’re On Mute: COP28 - A climate for humanitarian change
(L-R) Beth Eggleston, HAG Director and co-founder; Jessica Van Son, climate expert & researcher; Jesse McCommon, HAG; and Te’o Lau Dr Vili Iese, Associate Director – Drought Resilience, from the Victoria Drought Resilience Adoption & Innovation Hub.

Speakers along with Vili – who holds a PhD in Climate Change and is also a Senior Research Fellow with the School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences in the Faculty of Science at The University of Melbourne – include other researchers and climate experts: HAG’s Jesse McCommon, and Jess Van Son, who has nearly a decade’s worth of experience working on migration and displacement issues across the Asia Pacific region with the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. 

 Beth, who co-founded HAG in 2012, said, humanitarian and climate policies are intrinsically linked.  

 “What humanitarians do, no matter how well-intentioned, has an impact on the environment and the communities in which they serve.”  


 Vili said, “The framework addresses not just the local environmental approach, but it’s looking at the international space as well. How can we make the humanitarian net zero and in our approaches? Because it’s quite a very high fossil fuel dependent in the moment.”  


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With a 20-year feedback loop around emissions that are released today and how they’re experienced on the ground, how can humanitarians ensure they’re helping to alleviate suffering, and not adding to it for future generations? Find out in “I Think You’re On Mute”