Getting to Zero: Alan Finkel and Tim Flannery

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Getting to Zero: Alan Finkel and Tim Flannery There is no question of greater significance for the future of humankind than global warming. There is no task more pressing and difficult than the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.

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Thursday 15 April 2021 05:00 pm until Thursday 15 April 2021 06:30 pm (Add to calendar)
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There is no question of greater significance for the future of humankind than global warming. There is no task more pressing and difficult than the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.

Australia's former Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel, begins his inspiring, cautiously optimistic, and sometimes controversial new Quarterly Essay with these words:

"Like others, I dream that my great-grandchildren, whom I might never meet, will grow up living on a planet just as magnificent as it was when I was young.

"Fulfilment of this dream will require that we preserve our planet’s unique beauty in the face of global warming, armed with ambition and realism. We do not have time for fatalism or despair...

"Change is in the air. The global momentum and enthusiasm for solar and wind as our future primary energy growing every day."

Join Alan Finkel and La Trobe alumnus Tim Flannery in discussion of Australia's road to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.


Dr Alan Finkel AO

Dr Alan Finkel was Australia’s chief scientist from 2016 to 2020. He is a neuroscientist, engineer and entrepreneur.

He led the 2017 National Electricity Market Review and the 2019 development of the National Hydrogen Strategy, and chaired the 2020 panel developing the Low Emissions Technology Roadmap. He is currently special adviser to the Australian government on low-emissions technologies.

Professor Tim Flannery

Professor Tim Flannery is one of Australia’s leading writers on climate change. An internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer, conservationist and La Trobe University alumnus, Professor Flannery was named Australian of the Year in 2007.

Professor Flannery has held various academic positions including Professor at the University of Adelaide, director of the South Australian Museum in Adelaide, Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Museum and Visiting Chair in Australian Studies at Harvard University in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.

A well known presenter on ABC Radio, NPR and the BBC for more than a decade, he has also written and presented several series on the Documentary Channel including The Future Eaters (1998), Wild Australasia (2003), Islands in the Sky (1992) and Bushfire (1997). His books include Here on Earth (2010) and The Weather Makers (2005).

His latest book is The Climate Cure (2020).

Event host: Professor Katie Holmes

Professor Katie Holmes is an environmental historian and Director of La Trobe’s Centre for the Study of the Inland.

She is the co-leader of La Trobe’s Climate Network and the coordinator of the new Environmental Humanities major within the Bachelor of Arts.

Her most recent publication is the co-authored Mallee Country: Land, People, History (2019), and she has also written on Australian gardens; women’s writings; and gender and environment.

Introduction by: Professor Sue Dodds

Professor Susan Dodds is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Industry Engagement) at La Trobe University. She is a nationally and internationally recognised philosopher, especially known for her leadership in research ethics and public policy development related to emerging medical technologies in applied ethics and political philosophy.

Professor Dodds is the leader of the ethics, policy and public engagement theme of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES). Previously, she has held roles at the University of Wollongong, the University of Tasmania and the University of New South Wales.

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