‘2071’ – A workshop for High School Students

Friday 2 June - Friday 9 June 2017 | Seymour Centre

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City Rd & Cleveland St Chippendale


Exploring the impact of climate change for students.

In partnership with The Seymour Centre.

2071 is a play about climate change, created from the words of one of the world’s foremost climate change scientists, Professor Chris Rapley. The play fuses the facts of climate change and our planets’ history of global warming with astounding 3D projections and an original music score. Part dramatic play, part art-installation and completely scientifically authentic, 2071 imagines what the world might be like in the future and asks us what sort of world we want to live in. What kind of future do we want to create?

Following the performances there was a one-hour workshop led by scientists and academics from the University of Sydney and Greenpeace.

About the workshops:
Led by Jude Philp of the University’s Macleay Museum and Sydney Environment Institute, the workshop explored a variety of human impacts of climate change on the biosphere.

Jude was joined by activist Cedric Counord, Ex- Greenpeace, coral reef fish expert Anthony Gill and historian Leah Lui-Chivizhe.


In the workshop students were challenged to see the various ways that study and maintenance of the earth’s marine systems and their unique natural heritage affects different areas of our individual lives and our society.

Jude Philp: What makes jellyfish glow and how did they get in my brain?
In 2008 a team of biochemists were awarded the Nobel Prize for their role in understanding the proteins that give so many reef animals their florescent colours. Their work contributed to breakthroughs across the arts and sciences – as Jude briefly described.

Anthony Gill: If we don’t know what’s there, how will we know it has gone? Ichthyologist (fish expert) Tony will talk about the work of taxonomy in the face of climate change. As part of this session students were given the opportunity to vote on a name for a new fish species (one not yet classified) or contribute their own suggestions. The votes determined the name that the species received under the international zoological nomenclature code, and was recently published here.

Leah Lui-Chivizhe: Torres Strait’s turtles. For millennia Torres Strait Islanders have had an enduring relationship with turtles that annually pass through and breed in the area. It is a relationship that has had to change with the accelerated commerce and effects of the Industrial Revolution – as Leah explored.

Cedric Counord: How do you save the Great Barrier Reef? You dance on walls of course. For 16 years Cedric has managed non-violent direct actions and demonstrations for Greenpeace across the globe. Cedric spoke about how activism can bring about positive change.

Friday 2 June
11:00am – Performance
12:15pm – Q&A
1:00pm – 2:00pm – Workshop

Wednesday 7 June
11:00am – Performance
12:15pm – Q&A
1:00pm-2:00pm – Workshop

Friday  9 June
11:00am – Performance
12:15pm – Q&A
1:00pm-2:00pm – Workshop