Message from the Director
In October 2019, leading ANU water economist, Professor Quentin Grafton, called on the government to declare a water emergency to focus attention on Australia’s dire water situation.
In September 2019, hundreds of thousands of school students and their families rallied across Australia. Hannah Feldman is fascinated by the convergence of factors that are driving the movement.
Growing up in India in the 1980s, Dr Aparna Lal had access to running water for only two hours a day, and it wasn’t always clean. At the time she didn’t even question this, until she moved to New Zealand and suddenly clean drinking water was on tap 24 hours a day.
Chinthaka Jayasooriya, believes there’s already relatively good understanding of how climate change will affect his country, but that what’s lacking is the skills to apply that knowledge to develop policy and management solutions.
For me, the Master of Climate Change is all about policy application. When I get back home, I’ll be well placed to develop solutions and apply them. I’m getting real world experience, which will give me a much better career path when I return to Sri Lanka.
Probably the best short course I have attended to date. Great work.
All the presenters were at the top of their game, highly professional and the topics fully engaging.
The range of speakers and different parts of the talks provided good insight into how to build this into my work in policy and stakeholder engagement.
Climate Change Adaptation short course for professionals from Africa
25 attendees were selected from over 900 professional applicants from Sub-Saharan Africa.
The opportunity to be at ANU opened me up to a world of advanced concepts, skills and technologies from leaders in climate change and birthed professional networks that have motivated me to be an agent of change.
Six CCI members attended the annual UN climate talks, COP25, and the CCI ran a public lecture discussing the implications of the talks. PhD student, Aaron Tang, gave the official Researchers and Independent NGOs statement at the COP25 high level segment expressing concerns about climate inaction.
Three CCI members are members of the ACT Climate Change Council, which plays a key role in advising the ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability on climate related issues. From left: Karen Jesson, Paul Bannister, Professor Penny Sackett (Chair), Associate Professor Cris Brack, Shane Rattenbury MLA, Professor Mark Howden.
CCI members are engaged with policymakers across the entire Pacific region on a range of climate related issues, including water governance, risk management, sustainable urban development, climate adaptation, disaster response, food security, displacement and resettlement.
GAUC has been designed to facilitate greater levels of collaboration on climate issues, greater engagement with climate stakeholders and the promotion of environmental practices by universities in line with UN climate conventions and Sustainable Development Goals.
IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land
Unprecedented land exploitation is contributing to climate change, whilst at the same time land potentially offers solutions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, including reforestation and storing carbon in soil.
Given the stark warnings outlined in this report, it’s vital that the findings are integrated into policy and management decisions urgently – we have no time to lose.
– Professor Mark Howden, IPCC Vice Chair
IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Frozen Regions in a Changing Climate
Earth’s oceans and ice are under threat from climate change, but there’s still time to avoid the worst scenarios if we act urgently.
Australia’s coastal cities and communities can expect to experience what was previously a once-in-a-century extreme coastal flooding event at least once every year by the middle of this century – in many cases much more frequently.
– Professor Nerilie Abram,
Coordinating Lead Author of the report
Member profile – Ngaio Fitzpatrick
Ngaio Fitzpatrick is an artist and Visiting Fellow with the ANU Climate Change Institute.
“Working with the CCI, I’ve been inspired to communicate the urgency of climate change and the need to act using my work and that of other artists. Art can connect the viewer to science and environmental issues in ways that research reports, graphs and data do not. It can also offer different experiences that may stay with the viewer for an extended period of time.”
CCI Advisory Committee welcomes four new members representing government, business and NGO sectors
In 2019, the CCI Advisory Committee was expanded to include representation from government, business and NGOs. Jo Evans (Department of the Environment and Energy) and Emma Herd (Investor Group on Climate Change) spoke at a seminar for CCI members outlining government and the investment industry’s priorities for climate research.
What people said:
A well-run informative event of great political, social and topical value. Well done.
These events are always informative, useful and very important. Lately I've been bringing someone who needs convincing and is slowly coming round. Our discussions afterward are animated and these sessions really help!
Very clear and erudite summary of a large, complex report, presenting thoroughly researched and peer-reviewed facts in a straightforward, unexaggerated manner.
An overview of how our climate is changing and how we’re responding to those changes, including discussion of the economic benefits of climate action.
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This symposium explored the role and impact of gender on climate change adaptation using presentations, performances, video, art and Q&A.
Here are some examples of 2019 media coverage:
ABC TV, 1 April 2019
The Canberra Times, 24 July 2019
Photo: Ian Sanderson, Flickr
Daily Telegraph, 16 December 2019