Climate Diplomacy Day
June 17, 2015
Time: 6 - 8 pm
Aurora lecture Theatre, IMAS Waterfront Building
Castray Esplanade; HOBART
Join our panelists for this special evening event including the Australian premiere of “The Climate Blueprint”, a documentary on the history of climate negotiations, the main actors and what’s at stake (watch the trailer http://www.somadrome.com/productions/the-climate-blueprint.html), followed by a panel discussion.
- Professor Nathan Bindoff, Climate Scientist and IPCC lead author
- Thomas Biedermann, Assistant to the Attache for Science and Technology, Embassy of France in Australia
- Peter Boyer, journalist specialising in climate science
- Jess Lerch, wilderness society, national climate change campaigner
- Linda Sams, Head of Sustainability and Fish health at TASSAL
- Phil Harrington, climate advisor, Climate Tasmania
- Rohan Church, Doctor for the Environment
Climate change is one of the major challenges of the 21st century, presenting major risks for our planet, international prosperity and our security. Consequences include rising sea levels, more frequent and intense heatwaves, more extreme fire risk days, increased water scarcity, food crises, natural disasters, and displacement of vulnerable people. Climate change impacts are already being felt around the world, affecting human lives, the environment and our economies. Without sustained climate action, these impacts will have considerable consequences for our way of life and that of future generations.
2015 is a decisive year for international climate negotiations. To keep us on track to limit global temperature rises to below 2°C, it is essential to secure a fair, ambitious and legally binding international agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the 2015 Conference of Parties in Paris (COP21).
Much hard work in the next few months is needed to secure a strong agreement in Paris. The European Union was the first major economy to put forward its contribution. Our commitment is to reduce our carbon emissions by at least 40% by 2030 compared with 1990 levels. This will not be easy. It will only be achieved through a major transformation in all parts of the economy and society.
The European Union is willing to act. But Europe accounts only for around 9% of global emissions and its share is falling: action across the globe is therefore essential.
We already have many tools and to deal effectively with the climate change challenge. Hear from innovative leader in the community, and private sector on their experiences taking positive initiatives and engaging society in the transition towards sustainability. How to deal with climate change? How do people already account for climate change and change the way they operate to cope or reduce the emissions?
Refreshments from 5.30pm.
Event audience: Everyone