ANU Climate Update 2024

Event Recording: State of our climate Event recording: Moving from climate anxiety to action Photo: Zebedeeparkes / Flickr

ANU Climate Update 2024 presented an overview of how our climate is changing and how we are responding to these changes in Australia and around the world.

This annual event brings together experts, policymakers, students, industry and the community to discuss the state of our climate and what can be done to tackle climate change.

Opening Presentation 
An artistic presentation titled Hope and imagination in a time of crisis prepared by Ngaio Fitzpatrick, Honorary Lecturer at the ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions (ICEDS) will be played as guests arrive for the event. [DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

3-4.10pm - State of our Climate

This session commenced with a Welcome to Country and reflections on how climate change has impacted Country in the last year before summarising the latest climate research, including a snapshot of newly released data on how our climate changed in 2023.

  • Genevieve Bell, Vice-Chancellor and President, The Australian National University
    Opening Remarks
  • Aunty Mary Mudford, Ngunnawal Elder
    Welcome to Country 
  • Mark Howden, Director, ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions; Vice-Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; Chair, ACT Climate Council
    Global Climate Overview 2023 [DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

4.10-4.40pm – Break
Light refreshments available for in-person participants

4.40-6pm – Moving from climate anxiety to action
Understanding the up-to-date science of climate change and climate impacts is essential for decision-making, however it can also be overwhelming. A focus on actions fosters hope and empowers people to respond to the challenges we face. This panel session featured researchers and practitioners who are focused on action in a variety of fields. 

  • Hannah Vardy, Duty of Care Campaign
  • Sharon Forwood, Teacher, Kildare Catholic College Wagga Wagga; ICEDS Visiting Fellow
    Youth wellbeing & teachers leading climate conversations in regional communities
  • Valeska Ting, ANU College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics
    Technological innovation
  • Zoe Leviston, Inaugural McMichael Fellow, ANU College of Health and Medicine
    The role of collective action in 'mainstreaming' meaningful climate action
  • Bec Colvin, Associate Professor; Environment, Resources & Development, ANU Crawford School of Public Policy

More information:

  • This is a hybrid event with the option to attend in-person at The Australian National University. Light refreshments will be provided for in-person participants.
  • The event will be recorded and made available online. 
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