Climate Change and Climate Politics: Where to Now?

Tuesday 7 February 2017
12.30 - 6.00PM

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University of Sydney


In this workshop intellectuals, commentators and activists consider the question: where to now for meaningful climate action?

In partnership with The Balanced Enterprise Research Network (BERN)

Despite the hope generated by the Paris Climate Agreement, the election of Donald Trump as the next US President has cast a pall over the future of meaningful global climate action. Trump’s stated policies and senior appointments indicate that climate change denial and the interests of the fossil fuel industry have now captured the most powerful political office in the world. This raises the question, where to now for meaningful climate action?

In this special workshop, Sydney Environment Institute brings together prominent intellectuals, commentators and activists to discuss this most important of issues. Featuring a keynote by renowned US climate scientist Professor Michael E. Mann, the workshop will provide an opportunity for frank discussion and collaboration about building a pathway forward in adapting to the resurgence of climate change denial and the catastrophic imaginary of ‘fossil fuels forever’.

Convenor: Professor Christopher Wright
Dr. Michael E. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Pennsylvania State University, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI). Through his pioneering research into the Earth’s climate system (including the famous ‘hockey stick graph’ of past climate patterns), he has received many honours and awards including NOAA’s outstanding publication award in 2002 and selection by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002. He contributed, with other Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) authors, to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He was awarded the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union in 2012 and was awarded the National Conservation Achievement Award for science by the National Wildlife Federation in 2013. As one of the world’s most prominent climate scientists, he was listed in Bloomberg News’ list of fifty most influential people in 2013. He is author of more than 200 peer-reviewed and edited publications, and has published three books including Dire Predictions: Understanding Climate Change, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines, and most recently, The Madhouse Effect with Washington Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles.