Averting Climate Catastrophe: People Power

Explore how recent popular movements like Extinction Rebellion are helping avert a climate catastrophe.

In 2018 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that we have only 12 years at current global greenhouse gas emissions rates before our chances of limiting global warming to 1.5C are seriously at risk.

So we have a brief window in which to act, and to do so with enough force, commitment and ambition to achieve a rapid decarbonisation of the global economy.

This lecture will examine the role of recent popular movements in contributing to averting climate catastrophe, including in particular, Extinction Rebellion.

Special guest Neil Gunningham has degrees in law and criminology from Sheffield University, UK, is a Barrister and Solicitor (ACT) and holds a PhD from ANU. Although initially trained in law, his subsequent post-graduate work was in interdisciplinary social science, and for the last thirty years he has applied that training principally in the areas of safety, health and environment, with a focus on regulation and governance.

Currently, he is a Professor in the RegNet School of Regulation and Global Governance. Previously he was a Professor in the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Co-Director of the National Research Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, Foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Environmental Law (all at the ANU), Distinguished Research Professor at Cardiff University, and Visiting and Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California, Berkeley.



Wednesday 16 October 2019 from 6pm to 7.30pm


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