The Case for Urgent Climate Action

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This is the first of MSSI’s Climate Change series 'Towards 2030: Climate Action for the Crucial Decade Ahead'. The series focuses on the actions needed to meet the global climate goals by 2030.

At this time of turbulence the focus is necessarily on immediate COVID-19 recovery strategies nonetheless the medium-term process of climate goal setting continues on. The world’s nations will meet at the international climate negotiations in Glasgow in November 2021 to evaluate all countries’ climate commitments. It is important to analyse the actions required during this crucial decade.

In this webinar Professor Tim Flannery and Dr Sophie Lewis will discuss the Paris targets in the context of the latest scientific modelling and assessment. They will discuss the likely physical, social and economic impacts, and reflect on the increasingly urgent calls for strong collective action. Blending climate science, social science and communications perspectives, this webinar will explain why the next decade of climate action matters and what is at stake if we fail to seize the opportunities presented.


Dr Sophie Lewis was recently appointed as the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment in the Australian Capital Territory. Dr Lewis has extensive experience in researching Australia's changing climate extremes and lecturing in environmental hazards. She is a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s sixth assessment report and provided invaluable research during a horrific bushfire season and in 2019 Dr Lewis was named ACT Scientist of the Year.

Professor Tim Flannery is one of Australia’s leading writers on climate change. An internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist, Professor Flannery was named Australian of the Year in 2007. He is currently Chief Councillor of the Climate Council, and an Honorary Professor at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne.

Moderated by Professor Don Henry, Enterprise Professor of Environmentalism at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne.