The Users’ Guide to the Future #4 – What will flying be like in a post-COVID world?

International flights fell by 99% during the pandemic. Can airlines recover? Is there any future in cheap travel? What will flying be like?

Airline expert Ron Bartsch takes us on a journey through the near future of air travel : It looks a lot like the past, when air travel was expensive – and subsidised by governments.

Ron Bartsch is the former Head of Safety for QANTAS, a director of Regional Express (ReX) Airlines, and author of The Corona Dilemma.

Dr. Genevieve Bell is the Director of the 3Ai Institute at the Australian National University.

The Users’ Guide to the Future #3 – Can we fight bushfires with cool burns?

Life in the bush can be beautiful – and dangerous. Can a simple examination of our homes make them safer in bushfires? How can we ‘read’ the bush – and heal it – to avoid catastrophic bushfires?

We speak with Indigenous land and fire expert Victor Steffenson about what we don’t know about the bush – and should. Architect Ian Weir then walks us through some simple steps to make a home in the bush more resistant to bushfire.

Victor Steffenson is the author of Fire Country, about the Indigenous land management practices explored in this episode.

Victor is part of the Firesticks Alliance, an organisation working to educate Australians on how to live within and heal the bush.

Ian Weir specialises in the architecture of bushfire-resistant homes and properties.

Dr. Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick is a Senior Research Associate at the Climate Change Resarch Centre at UNSW.

The Users Guide to the Future #2 – Why are we seeing more heatwaves?

The hot, dry conditions that preceded our Black Summer bushfires are becoming more common – how can we prepare for more frequent heatwaves?

Paleoclimatologist Nerilie Abram used coral samples to look back into a thousand years of climate, and heatwave expert Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick analysed the last seventy years of global data about heatwaves. Our climate past gives us a view into a hot future.

The Users Guide to the Future was produced in partnership with GIO.

The Users Guide to the Future #1 – Designing for Flood Resilience in a Wetter World

We’ll be seeing more, heavier rain and coastal erosion. How can we prepare to meet these risks – to keep ourselves and homes safe?

We listened to some of the world’s leading climate scientists – including Australian of the Year Tim Flannery – to learn all about the future of precipitation, then spoke with a leading architect on how to make our homes resilient in floods – and even a storm surge!

Our great guests in this episode were:

Fellow futurist and friend Sally Dominguez;

UNSW climate scientist Professor Steven Sherwood;

Monash University climate scientist Professor Christian Jakob;

Brisbane architect James Davidson.

Tim Flannery has an amazing new book coming out – The Climate Cure shows us what the COVID-19 pandemic can teach us about how to take some necessary steps to manage our climate.

The Users Guide to the Future was produced in partnership with GIO.