Climate change is one of the major challenges of the 21st century, presenting major risks for our planet, international prosperity and our security. Consequences include rising sea levels, more frequent and intense heatwaves, more extreme fire risk days, increased water scarcity, food crises, natural disasters, and displacement of vulnerable people. Climate change impacts are already being felt around the world, affecting human lives, the environment and our economies. Without sustained climate action, these impacts will have considerable consequences for our way of life and that of future generations.
In Australia and New Zealand, the European Climate Diplomacy Day was held on Wednesday 17 June 2015, with events occurring simulatneously across seven cities. The initiative, a joint effort of Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Spain, the United Kingdom and the European Union, seeks to raise awareness of climate change issues and to encourage informed debate, in view of securing a fair, ambitious and legally binding international agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) at the 2015 Conference of Parties in Paris (COP21).
In Adelaide, the European Climate Diplomacy Day was hosted by the Hawke EU Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural Transformations (University of South Australia) in partnership with The EU Centre for Global Affairs (University of Adelaide).
The event commenced with a documentary film viewing of The Climate Blueprint, directed by Fran X Rodriguez and Ruth Chao, produced by Intuitive Productions and Sonadrome. This screening was the Australian premiere. The film exposes the stakes in current climate negotiations and the principle climate science findings.
Click HERE to view trailer.
Following the screening South Australian Minister for Climate Change, Hon Ian Hunter MLC, delivered a short keynote on climate change ahead of an expert panel discussing key climate issues in light of the upcoming Paris negotiations.
See below for further details on session format and panel discussion experts.
Wednesday 17 June 2015
5.30-6.00pm Drinks Reception
6.00-8.10pm Documentary screening, short Keynote and Expert Panel discussion
Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas
3 Cinema Place
Adelaide SA 5000
Hon Ian Hunter MLC
Member for the Legislative Council, Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, Minister for Water and the River Murray, Minister for Climate Change, Member of the Executive Council
Mr Eric Soulier
Head of Culture, Education, Science and Technology, French Embassy
Professor Chris Daniels
Professor of Biology, University of South Australia and Presiding member of Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges NRM Board.
Ms Helen Dyer
Director, Helen Dyer & Associates Pty Ltd.
Ms Caroline Lambert
Counsellor for Climate and Environment Policies, Delegation of the European Union to Australia.
Dr Constance Lever-Tracy
Adjunct Research Fellow, Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia.
Mr Dess Pearson
Trade Policy Manager, South Australia’s Department of Trade and Economic Development and Executive Officer, South East Forestry Industry Roundtable, South Australian Department of Treasury and Finance.
Professor Anthony Elliott - MODERATOR
Executive Director, Hawke EU Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural Transformations, and Director, Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia.
For all enquiries, please contact Dr Nicola Pitt, Centre Coordinator, Hawke EU Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural Transformation, email hawkeEUcentre@unisa.edu.au or phone 08 8302 2949.