Climate Network events
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The Way We Work: My Green Lab
La Trobe University has made impressive strides in its commitment to be carbon neutral by 2029 and we are ranked No. 4 in the world for work towards realising the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. The Climate Network’s new series ‘The Way We Work’ explores what else we can do to further reduce our carbon footprint.
Our first webinar discusses the concept of the Green Lab. The laboratories on our campuses are the university’s largest energy-consuming and resource-intensive facilities. We therefore have to critically look at changes that can be made to reduce their contribution. As part of this effort, Professor Andrew Hill’s lab is currently certifying as the first My Green Lab in Australia. My Green Lab is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the sustainability of scientific research. In this session we hear from three speakers that are involved in the certification.
- Bob Fynan (Environmental Adviser – La Trobe University)
- Rachael Relph (Chief Sustainability Officer – My Green Lab)
- Eduard Willms (Postdoctoral researcher – Hill Lab)
Australia’s low-carbon opportunity: A conversation with Ross Garnaut
On Wednesday 4 March the La Trobe Climate Network hosted a conversation between Professor Ross Garnaut, and La Trobe’s Professor Lawrie Zion. As well as exploring the themes in Ross Garnaut’s new book, ‘Superpower: Australia’s Low-Carbon Opportunity’, which is published by La Trobe University Press, the discussion examined the potential impact of Australia’s recent savage summer and the COVID-19 virus on climate policy.
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.
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 sources...is growing every day."
Hear Alan Finkel and La Trobe alumnus Tim Flannery discuss Australia's road to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Hosted by Professor Katie Holmes, co-leader of La Trobe’s Climate Network.
The Way We Work: Academic Travel
La Trobe University has made impressive strides in its commitment to be carbon neutral by 2029 and is ranked No. 4 in the world for work towards realising the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. The Climate Network’s new series ‘The Way We Work’ explores what else we can do to further reduce our carbon footprint.
In the second of our webinars we explore the vexed but increasingly critical issue of academic travel in a carbon constrained world. Although travel is important for many types of research, networking and career advancement, it carries a significant ecological and carbon footprint. How can we reduce our greenhouse gas emissions from travel while still doing the important work required of us as academics? These are complex, contextual and ethically laden questions that we need to grapple with urgently as the heat from the climate crisis intensifies.
To help us frame these challenges, two of the authors of a recent working paper out of history outline some of the key issues they have identified as relevant for all disciplines. We then invite a brief response from Prof Ash Franks, Pro Pro Vice Chancellor for Research Capability to discuss the institutional implications of seeking to lower our travel footprint. Finally, we invite responses and discussion from the webinar participants following this presentations.
- A/Prof Andrea Gaynor (Environmental Historian, University of Western Australia)
- Dr Yves Rees (Lecturer in History, La Trobe University)
- Prof Ash Franks (Pro Vice Chancellor for Research Capability, La Trobe University)
- Prof Katie Holmes (Co-Convenor, La Trobe University Climate Network )
Re-storying Laws and the Humanities for the Anthropocene
Join us for a discussion with Dr Kathleen Birrell (University of Melbourne) and Dr Julia Dehm (La Trobe University) about the ways legal narratives shape our responses to a changing climate and how the relationship between law and ecology in the Western legal tradition might be ‘re-storied’ for the Anthropocene.
About the speakers:
Kathleen Birrell is a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow at Melbourne Law School. Her postdoctoral project is focused on encounters between juridical, political and cultural narratives in the context of climate change. Her research adopts critical legal methodologies to consider the limits and possibilities of rights and obligations and encounters between laws in the context of the Anthropocene. Her research is strongly interdisciplinary, encompassing environmental and climate change law, rights law, property law and native title, and intersects with Indigenous jurisprudences, literature and the environmental humanities. She is the author of Indigeneity: Before and Beyond the Law (2016), is co-editor of a recent special issue of the legal journal Law & Critique, entitled Laws for the Anthropocene: Orientations, Encounters, Imaginaries (2020), and teaches a new legal research subject at Melbourne Law School entitled Laws, Rights and the Anthropocene.
Julia Dehm is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law, La Trobe University, Victoria. Her research addresses international and domestic climate change and environmental law, natural resource governance and questions of human rights, economic inequality and social justice. She is the Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment. Previously she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas at Austin and a Resident Fellow at the Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School. Her work has been widely published in journals such as the Leiden Journal of International Law, Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development, and the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment.
Danielle Celermajer, ‘Re-storying the climate catastrophe: We are not the only ones here!’
Danielle Celermajer is the author of the recently published and highly acclaimed Summertime: Reflections on a Vanishing Future. Summertime is ‘written in the shadow of the 2020 bushfires that ravaged Australia. In the midst of the death and grief of animals, humans, trees and ecologies Celermajer asks us to look around – really look around – to become present to all beings who are living and dying through the loss of our shared home.’ It is a powerful contribution to reassessing and reimagining our collective future.
Dany is a Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney, and Deputy Director – Academic of the Sydney Environment Institute and Director of the Multispecies Justice Project. Her other books include Sins of the Nation and the Ritual of Apology (Cambridge University Press 2009), A Cultural Theory of Law in the Modern Age(Bloomsbury, 2018), and The Prevention of Torture: An Ecological Approach (Cambridge University Press, 2018).
Dany is in conversation with Dr Simon Kerr from the Climate Network.