Benjamin "Ben" Heard is a South Australian environmental consultant and an advocate for nuclear power in Australia, through his directorship of environmental NGO, Bright New World.
In this episode, we discuss... (1) Ben’s personal journey from anti- to pro-nuclear (2) The importance of understanding identitarian politics when supporting a nuclear change of mind (3) The challenges faced when changing identities (4) Debating the value generated from radiation risk measures
Going Fission is proud to present it's pilot episode.  An interview with Dr. Ben Heard.  Ben is the founder of the Bright New World, an Environmental NGO advocating for the use of nuclear power in Australia.  In this interview, we discuss his career, how his stance on nuclear power changed, his involvment with the South Australian Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, what Nuclear power can do for Australia and what barriers exist to such technology. Ben's blog can be found at, and Bright New World can be found at The full, unedited version can be found on the Going Fission Youtube Channel - Going Fission's Twitter handle is @fissiongoing. Timestamps 0:00 - Theme. 1:00 - Introduction. 1:34 - Ben's start in the science of climate change. 4:06 - Path to becoming being pro-nuclear. 7:09 - Lightbulb moments. 11:11 - Starting ThinkClimate. 14:25 - What can Nuclear do for Australia? 20:35 - DecarboniseSA and it's transition to Bright New World. 28:47 - The goals of Bright New World. 34:15 - What is 140A? 38:35 - Australia and the South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission (SANFCRC). 43:38 - Is Australia heading for an Energy Crisis? 53:34 - A message for younger listeners. 56:28 - Official plug for Bright New World (and others). 59:10 - Guest recommendations. 1:00:49 - Farewell 1:00:58 - Conclusion, YouTube Plug, and additional reading. 1:01:51 - Outro Theme      
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