Our House is on Fire: How Universities Can Become Advocates for Climate Action

Tuesday 3 March, 2020
4.00 - 5.30 pm

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Law Foyer, New Law School, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney


Dr Tanya Fiedler in conversation with Professor Michael Mann and Professor Christopher Wright.

In the wake of the catastrophic bushfires that have devastated Australia this summer, a growing groundswell of the population are demanding greater action on climate change and the rapid decarbonisation of our economy. And yet, business as usual goes on, leading many to feel powerless in the face of this existential juggernaut.

So, what can we do? What are the ways in which we – as academics, researchers, educators, administrators and managers – can engage our respective communities to bring about change? How can we, as non-climate scientists, employ the personal and professional skills at our disposal to become agents of change?

Join this inclusive discussion where you can ask questions of why climate change matters to business and what types of changes we can affect, as well as how we navigate the ethical dilemmas we will face on the way.


Tanya Fiedler is a lecturer in the Discipline of Accounting at the University of Sydney. Tanya’s research examines the translational issues that arise when reconfiguring the measurement methods and data of science, into accounting information and values. In this regard, Tanya has a particular interest in accounting for and accountability towards the climate.

Michael Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI). He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC).

Christopher Wright is a Professor of Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School where he teaches and researches business responses to climate change, sustainability and critical understandings of capitalism. He has published extensively on the political economy of climate change, organisational sustainability, and corporate political activity.