Will Shackell and Campbell Newman discuss nuclear generation, the younger generation, and what it’s like building an advocacy organisation from the ground up while still at school
When Will Shackell researched a school project into nuclear energy he became convinced that most of what he thought he knew was wrong, and that Australia had to change its position on nuclear if it were to have any chance of reaching NetZero at all.
So a school project became a life project.
Since then he’s gathered other like-minds together and formed Nuclear for Australia which lobbies for nuclear power in Australia.
Will is an inspiration – an everyday Aussie kid who decided that something must be done, and he would pitch in and help do it. People have drawn comparisons between Will and Greta Thunberg, the Swedish wunderkind who fronted the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24).
Any comparisons would have to be in Will’s favour. He speaks logically, not emotionally, and is fully across his subject matter. He is fluid, lucid, speaks without scripts, and is persuasive without being in the least bit hysterical.
This is an opportunity to understand not just the need for nuclear, but how younger generations are searching for rational solutions to the potential effects of CO2 in the atmosphere.
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