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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.
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).
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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.
Professor Emma Johnston AO FTSE FRSN is Dean of Science and Professor of Marine Ecology and Ecotoxicology at UNSW Sydney. She studies the impacts of human activities in marine ecosystems and how we can build ecological resilience. Her research is conducted in diverse field environments, from Antarctica to the Great Barrier Reef and on to temperate Australian estuaries. She is an elected fellow of the Australian Technological Society and in 2018 she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). Professor Johnston is a national advocate for the science and technology sector and is a Director on the Board of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. She consults with industry through the development and implementation of new biomonitoring and ecological engineering techniques and frequently contributes expert opinion to state, federal and international government agencies.