Climate Change Interview 11: Director/Founder of Unearthed Solutions, Perth, Western Australia

Updated: Feb 20, 2020

Written submission: Justin Strharsky - Director/Founder, Unearthed Solutions

Justin is recognized as a leader in technology innovation in the resources industry. His writing on innovation in the resources sector has been published by the Australian Financial Review and the Journal of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Justin previously worked in the Silicon Valley, for both a large network computing company and one of the first companies commercializing artificial intelligence.

Photo: Perth Panorama by Harry Strharsky

1. What are your thoughts about the claims that the climate is warming, the environment is being destroyed and that humans are the cause?

I feel that the scientific consensus is pretty clear that the climate is warming and that our collective human contribution to this is significant.

I feel like the claim that the environment is being 'destroyed' is a bit extreme, and doesn't promote much rational dialogue. The environment is being dramatically altered, for sure. 'Destroyed' is a matter of perspective. I don't view the nice city I live in to be a 'destruction' of the environment that was here before, but if I was an animal living on this land, I probably would.

2. In your mind what are the driving forces of climate change and environmental degradation?

Greenhouse gas emissions and land use changes seem to be among the top drivers.

3. Has your life been affected in any way? If so, how?

I live in Australia, in a region (near Perth) that has seen a warming and drying trend over the last 100 years. According to the state government, we've experienced a 20% reduction in rainfall, and 1.1 degrees of warming. This directly affects me and others living here in terms of how we plan and pay for things like produce and water. The government data also show more intense, frequent, and longer heat waves.

4. In your opinion, what needs to be done?