As part of UNSW Sydney's Grand Challenges Program, the program is hosting a panel discussion on climate change that is aimed at having an engaging discussion on what is stopping action on climate change and some realistic ways to contribute to this cause.
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This event, the Madhouse Effect to be held on 16th August at the Drama Theatre at Sydney Opera House, is going to see some notable guests like climatologist Michael E. Mann, psychologist Stephan Lewandowsky and activist Anna Rose along with Emma Alberici as a moderator. For 1.5 hours the panel will aim to tackle some complex questions and further share their suggestions.
With so much said, heard and done about climate change, each individual is capable and responsible to do their bit. A lot of non-participation can stem from a lack of knowledge or reliance on governments to change the big things. However recently, the Trump government is withdrawing from some climate change initiatives. This panel will help understand why that is happening and speak about steps that can be taken that are relevant to practical to the audience.
The speaker bios are available below - Provided by the event team
Speakers Stephen Lewandowsky is a cognitive scientist who is interested in unravelling how memory and decision making work. His recent work looks at how misinformation persists and spreads in societies, and in particular, whether or not people accept scientific evidence about issues like climate change and vaccinations. He is a Professor in the School of Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol.
Michael E. Mann is one of the authors of a key paper that reconstructed the historical climate record and showed, in the 'hockey-stick graph' dramatic temperature increases in the 20th century. His ongoing work and his willingness to speak out about it has made him the target of campaigns to intimidate and discredit him by the fossil-fuel lobby in the US. He is the Director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University and co-founder of the blog RealClimate.
Anna Rose is the co- founder of the Youth Climate Coalition and was until recently, the Chair of its board. In 2012 she co-starred in an ABC documentary, I Can Change Your Mind on Climate Change and released her first full-length book, Madlands: A Journey to Change the Mind of a Climate Sceptic. Rose is the convenor of the Vice-Chancellor's Leadership & Influence course at the Australian National University.
Emma Alberici (Chair) is the presenter of the ABC Television's flagship current affairs program Lateline. Before that, she spent four years as the Europe Correspondent for the ABC based in the UK and was previously the Finance Editor of 7.30. She has a Bachelor of Arts (journalism) and Economics and is the author of three editions of The Small Business Book published by Penguin.
The Grand Challenge currently is pursuing 3 social topics including Climate Change, Refugees & Migrants and Inequality. UNSW is organizing a range of activities and events for their students and the community to participate in as a part of this to raise awareness, to bring together like minded people and to move the community in the direction of greater cooperation.