Why Island Nations’ Isolation on the Climate Change Threat Must End

In this public talk, we hear from the former President of Kiribati, Anote Tong, one of the world’s most prominent advocates for global action on climate change. Mr Tong highlights the role of wealthy industrialised nations such as Australia in climate action and the need for global recognition of the threat that climate change represents for vulnerable Pacific Island nations, with responses from Professor Rosemary Lyster and Dr Jennifer Newell.


00:00   Introduction and Welcome to Country – David Schlosberg
08:45   Pacific Calling Partnership – Meredith Bergman
14:35   The Pacific is Drowning (Keynote) – Anote Tong
43:05   Climate Justice and Disaster Law – Rosemary Lyster
59:50   Communicating the Voices of the Pacific – Jennifer Newell


Anote Tong (Keynote), former president of Kiribati
Professor Rosemary Lyster, University of Sydney
Dr Jennifer Newell, Manager, Pacific and International Collections, Australian Museum
Professor David Schlosberg (Chair), Sydney Environment Institute

A Sydney Ideas and Sydney Environment Institute event hosted in partnership with the Pacific Calling Partnership and held at the University of Sydney on Wednesday 24 October 2018.

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