How on Earth (The Wheeler Centre) [Melbourne]
How on Earth (The Wheeler Centre) [Melbourne]

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Friday March 13, 2020
6:30 PM


Athenaeum Theatre
188 Collins Street

Auslan Interpreter/s

Linda D'Ornay & Paul Heuston

Language/ Cultural Consultant


Please advise of all access requirements when booking – PH: 03 9094 7800 - OR -

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How on Earth: Christiana Figueres and Ross Garnaut on Climate Solutions Now

Christiana Figueres, the architect of the 2015 Paris Agreement, sees the 2020s as a critical moment of opportunity – the ‘golden decade’ – in the future of our species and our planet.

Earlier this year, the former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change said: ‘If we do the right thing this decade, we can continue to design the future but if we don’t, we are really condemned to a world of increasing destruction, conflict and pain … It is a golden ten years in the history of humankind.’

At this special event in March, Figueres will be joined by distinguished Australian climate economist Ross Garnaut. With his new book, Superpower, about energy economics in Australia, Garnaut brings a message of optimism, opportunity and urgency, too. ‘We have unparalleled renewable energy resources,’ he writes. ‘We also have the necessary scientific skills.’

After the chaos and failure of the Copenhagen talks in 2009, Figueres spearheaded a historic agreement of 196 nations at Paris – an achievement few believed was possible. Garnaut has been a household name in Australia since his prescient report on the economics of climate change to the Commonwealth Parliament in 2008.

Hear these two peerless heavyweights in conversation at the Athenaeum Theatre, as they discuss reasons for hope and roadmaps for change.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.

Presented in partnership with WOMADelaide’s Planet Talks Programme.

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