Joëlle Gergis in conversation with Jess Hill | Humanity's Moment

Joëlle Gergis in conversation with Jess Hill | Humanity's Moment

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The Royal Oak

36 College Street

Balmain, NSW 2041


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Australian climate scientist and IPCC author puts forward a case for hope, and asks: what will you do to be on the right side of history?

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Acknowledging that the world as we know it is coming apart is an act of courage.

If I live to look back at this troubled time, I want to say that I did all that I could, that I was on the right side of history.

The question is, do you want to be part of the legacy that restores our faith in humanity?

Joëlle Gergis is an award-winning climate scientist and lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) sixth assessment report. She has seen the evidence of where our humanity is headed. She is acutely aware of how little time we have. And yet, she still has hope.

Join her on Thursday 1 September, where she puts her case forward to the Walkley winning investigative journalist Jess Hill, who won the 2020 Stella Prize for her investigation into domestic abuse, See What You Made Me Do.

Attendees are asked to arrive at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Seating is unallocated – another reason to arrive early to secure an optimal spot. Why not make a full evening of it, too, by booking a meal at the Royal Oak before or after the event? One of Balmain's oldest and best-known pubs, it serves a delicious range of food and beverages.

Humanity's Moment will be available for purchase at the venue through Roaring Stories, with book signings from Gergis following the discussion.

If you miss out on a ticket, you can still watch the event as it is livestreamed from the Roaring Stories Facebook page (accessible on the Home page and from the Live tab). A recording will also be available to view later as an upload on the Roaring Stories YouTube channel.

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When climate scientist Joëlle Gergis set to work on the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report, the research she encountered kept her up at night. Through countless hours spent with the world’s top scientists to piece together the latest global assessment of climate change, she realised that the impacts were occurring faster than anyone had predicted.

In Humanity’s Moment, Joëlle takes us through the science in the IPCC report with clear-eyed honesty, explaining what it means for our future, while sharing her personal reflections on bearing witness to the heartbreak of the climate emergency unfolding in real time. But this is not a lament for a lost world. It is an inspiring reminder that human history is an endless tug-of-war for social justice. We are each a part of an eternal evolutionary force that can transform our world.

Joëlle shows us that the solutions we need to live sustainably already exist – we just need the social movement and political will to create a better world. This book is a climate scientist’s guide to rekindling hope, and a call to action to restore our relationship with ourselves, each other and our planet.

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Dr Joëlle Gergis is an award-winning climate scientist and writer at the Australian National University. She is an internationally recognised expert in Australian and Southern Hemisphere climate variability and change who served as a lead author for the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report – a global, state-of-the art review of climate change science.

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Jess Hill is an investigative journalist and the author of See What You Made Me Do and the Quarterly Essay The Reckoning. She has been a producer for ABC Radio and journalist for Background Briefing, and Middle East correspondent for The Global Mail. Her reporting on domestic abuse has won two Walkley awards, an Amnesty International award and three Our Watch awards. See What You Made Me Do won the 2020 Stella Prize and the ABA Booksellers’ Choice Adult Non-Fiction Book of the Year.

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a) COVID Safety

This is a COVID Safe event. Attendance is conditional on compliance with current and relevant NSW Heath COVID Safe guidelines.

b) Refunds

Please note that tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled or postponed due to extenuating circumstances. Refunds cannot be issued 48 hours before the event.

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This event is presented by Roaring Stories Bookshop Balmain and Black Inc. Books

With thanks to our venue partner The Royal Oak Balmain

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