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The Future We Choose: Christiana Figueres

12 March 2020
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Sydney
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We’re in the midst of a climate crisis, so what can we do to ensure our survival? 

How we address the Earth’s changing climate in the next 30 years will determine not only the world we live in but the world we will pass on to our children and theirs.

The architect of the Paris Agreement on climate change, former United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, provides us with the options; what governments, corporations and each of us can do to fend off disaster. 

Sharing insights from her new book, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis, Figueres explains that we still have the opportunity to not only protect ourselves and the future generations, but actually create a much better world for us all. 

Offering 10 practical steps that we can all take today, this talk is essential to transforming the climate change narrative from blame games and political rhetoric, to optimism and purpose-driven action.

This is the final hour; it can be our finest hour.

Chaired by Professor Emma Johnston, Dean of the Faculty of Science, UNSW Sydney. 

This event is presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and is a part of the UNSW Grand Challenge on Thriving in the Anthropocene. Supported by WOMADelaide Planet Talks.

Please note: Climate strategist Tom Rivett-Carnac, who was also speaking at this event, is unfortunately unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances. The Centre for Ideas apologises for any inconveniences this may have caused.


Access

Wheelchair Accessible

Leighton Hall is located inside the John Niland Scientia Building at UNSW Sydney's Kensington campus, G19 on this map (PDF). If you are traveling via the University Mall, there is a lift to the right of the large set of steps at the John Niland Scientia Building. There is ramp access to Leighton Hall via the Scientia Lawn. You can be dropped off close to this ramp. Vehicles need to arrive via Botany street, Gate 11 and drive down Library Walk. The closest accessible parking is available in the Barker Street Parking Station (N18 on map). 

Hearing Loop Available

Auslan

The Centre for Ideas can provide Auslan interpreting services for selected talks upon request. 

Contact

For event enquires or to discuss your access requirements, please call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9385 9844 or email centreforideas@unsw.edu.au

The Centre for Ideas is happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service. TTY users, phone 133 677, then ask for 02 9385 9844. Speak and Listen users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 02 9385 9844. Internet relay users, visit relayservice.gov.au, then ask for 02 9385 9844.

Speakers
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Christiana Figueres

Christiana Figueres is an internationally recognised leader on global climate change. As the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2010–2016, she oversaw the delivery of the historic Paris Agreement of 2015. Since then, together with her co-author for her new book, Tom Rivett-Carnac, Figueres founded Global Optimism, a purpose driven enterprise focused on social and environmental change, under which run various initiatives including the podcast Outrage and Optimism.

Emma Johnston portrait

Emma Johnston

Professor Emma Johnston AO is Dean of Science and Professor of Marine Ecology and Ecotoxicology at UNSW Sydney. A highly awarded scientist and educator, Professor Johnston has published more than 141 peer-reviewed articles and supervised more than 20 successful PhD graduates. Selected prizes include the Australian Academy of Science’s inaugural Nancy Mill’s Medal for Women in Science (2014), and the 2015 Eureka Prize for the public communication of science. In 2018 Emma was awarded the Clarke Medal of the Royal Society of NSW and named an Officer of the Order of Australia for “distinguished service to higher education, particularly to marine ecology and ecotoxicology, as an academic, researcher and administrator, and to scientific institutes”.

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