Connecting Climate Chaos - Engineers Australia Climate Action Seminar

Mon, 2017-02-20 22:54 -- 753651
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 13:00
Steve Posselt, Margaret Hender, John McIntosh, Prof Will Steffen, Ian Dunlop, Phillip Sutton & Simon Corbell
Manning Clarke Centre (MCC T3) at The Australian National University.
Event Details: 


Webcast available NOW - See links below for individual presentations.

In the lead-up to the Paris Climate Change negotiations last December, much new scientific material was published, ranging from the IPCC 5th Assessment Report, to major reviews by Academies of Science, the military, as well as multiple new peer reviewed scientific reports.

While the IPCC Report is very important, and is the basis for much global policy making, it is approved for release by UN member states and is thus an inherently conservative document. In particular, it mentions, but does not quantify, the “tipping point” risks of the climate system.

Scientists have long been concerned about these non-linear feedback mechanisms which may trigger rapid, irreversible and catastrophic change.

New evidence suggests we may well have past some of these tipping points!

Many scientists are advising that to avoid catastrophic outcomes we must take emergency action now to halt new fossil- fuel investment, and to rapidly wean ourselves off established fossil-fuel use. We have solutions, but thus far have lacked the will to implement them. Can leadership come from the political and corporate incumbency?  Or will greater pressure from the community be needed.  In this regard particular leadership from informed professions such as engineers, scientists, and from the investor community will be essential.

Speakers and link to individual webcasts the full event is available here:

Adj Prof David Hood AM – MC - Webcast

Steve Posselt will present his kayaking journey “Connecting Climate Chaos” from Canberra to Paris followed by a Q& A - Webcast

David Hood for Margaret Hender Coordinator of the Climate Emergency Declaration petition - Webcast

John McIntosh Engineers Australia President, will present on the role of engineers in climate action - Webcast

Prof Will Steffen Director, Climate Council – will present the latest evidence & updates of climate science - Webcast

Ian Dunlop Chairman of Safe Climate Australia and industry leader, will present risks of inaction on global warming and climate change - Webcast

Phillip Sutton Manager of Research and Strategy for Transition Initiation and co-author of “Climate Code Red” - Webcast

Simon Corbell Past Deputy Chief Minister ACT

Q & A webcast

There is no charge for this seminar so please come along and bring friends and family.  Refer to the attached flyer for more information.

You might also like to join us for Steve Posselt’s ceremonial arrival into Canberra at 11:00am, West Basin Ferry Terminal, Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra.