AUSTRALIA DECLARES

SHAPING AUSTRALIA’S
EMERGENCY RESPONSE

14-15 FEBRUARY 2020
PLENARY

Day 1

10:30AM – 11:30AM
MAIN STAGE l LEVEL 1

THE NEW CLIMATE REALITY CHECK

WHAT’S THE EMERGENCY?

As catastrophic fires and drought sweep eastern Australia, world-leading scientists warn that climate tipping points are too risky to bet against. What are the likely ecological and social consequences and how does the evidence justify an emergency-level response?

Michael Mann – Director, Earth System Science Center, Pennsylvania State University
David Spratt – Research Director at Breakthrough – National Centre For Climate Restoration

Moderated by Jo Chandler – Science Writer & Journalist




SESSION

SPEAKERS

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Michael

Mann

“I believe a World War II-scale Climate Mobilization is the transformational idea that can once again unify all of us, in a global effort to avert catastrophic climate change, and live sustainably on this planet.“
SCIENCE & RESEARCH

Michael E.Mann


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David

Spratt

“We need ideas leadership. The rate of climate action needs to be more urgent than the politicians want to speak about.”
SCIENCE & POLITICS

David Spratt


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Jo

Chandler

“After 15 years reporting climate, I understand the power and complexity of the Earth system. But I’m still mystified by humans. Our survival turns on knowing ourselves, overcoming our limitations.“
MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS

Jo Chandler