Climate Crisis: a New Decade of Consequences

Tim Flannery, Visiting lecturer, interdisciplinary programmes
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Auditorium A1B, Maison de la paix, Geneva

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The climate crisis, and the human response to it are moving into a new phase – the decade of consequences. Adverse impacts from the changing climate are now all but ubiquitous, and will worsen over the coming decade of consequences. The social response to the crisis has sharpened, with school strikes and the Extinction Rebellion, among other movements, springing up swiftly. But despite our growing awareness, emissions continue to rise, with 60% of emissions now coming from India and China. Disruptive change will be required if humanity is to change course and avoid 2°C of global warming.

Tim Flannery is the Segré Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Institute. He is one of the world's most prominent environmentalists. Currently, he is professor at the Melbourne University Sustainability Institute. Professor Flannery has taught at Harvard University and has advised governments both in Australia and Canada. In 2007 he established and co-chaired the Copenhagen Climate Council, and in 2011, he was appointed Australia's first Climate Commissioner. He has served on the board of WWF International, and was also an adviser to the National Geographic Society and the Prince of Monaco Foundation. His book on carbon negative technologies, Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis, was published by Harper Collins in September 2016.

Moderated by Joëlle Noailly, Head of Research, Centre for International Environmental Studies and Lecturer in International Economics.