The climate change emergency: what can be done?

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Our world faces a crisis perhaps greater than any humankind has previously faced—climate change. Unless nations take emergency action in the immediate future, the climate scientists have warned that the kind of Earth on which humans and other species have flourished over several millennia will be lost—forever.

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Thursday 27 September 2018 06:30 pm until Thursday 27 September 2018 08:00 pm (Add to calendar)
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Ideas & Society Program, Professor Tim Flannery and Professor Robyn Eckersley
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Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Alumni; Community Event; Forum/symposium; Public Lecture; Public
$30 General / $20 Alumni & Staff/ $15 Students

La Trobe alumnus, Tim Flannery, a distinguished mammologist and palaeontologist but also a world-renowned writer, is the natural scientist who has been leading the struggle in Australia for many years, presently as the head of the Climate Council. Robyn Eckersley, a professor at the University of Melbourne, is probably the most significant political scientist in Australia who has been thinking creatively about solutions to the “super-wicked” problem of climate change.

As part of its “A Better Australia?” series, La Trobe University’s Ideas and Society Program has brought them together to consider from their different disciplinary perspectives the kind of problem climate change poses and how solutions to it might be found. The questions they will be considering include: What does the international community need to do now if the threat posed by climate change is to be averted? What are the principal roadblocks in the way? What has been Australia’s contribution to the global struggle so far? Why has that contribution appeared to so many Australians to have been so shamefully inadequate?

The basic science of climate change has been settled for very many years. The political solution seems as far away as ever. You are invited to join what promises to be a fascinating and illuminating conversation.


Portrait photo of Tim FlanneryProfessor Tim Flannery is one of Australia’s leading writers on climate change. An internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist, 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).

Portait photo of Robyn Eckersley Robyn Eckersley is Professor and Head of Political Science in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, a member of the Executive Committee of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. She has published widely in the fields of environmental politics, political theory and international relations, with a special focus on the ethics, politics and governance of climate change. She has attended and observed six of the annual climate negotiations.

Her books include The Green State: Rethinking Democracy and Sovereignty(MIT Press, 2004); The State and the Global Ecological Crisis (MIT Press, 2005, co-editor); Special Responsibilities: Global Problems and American Power (2012, co-author); and Globalization and the Environment (2013) (with Peter Christoff). Her current research project is a cross-national study of climate leaders and laggards and Australia is one of her case studies.

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