The Oxfam Melbourne Community Group and Climates invite you to join us at the 2017 Sustainable Living Festival to hear about and contribute to a discussion on climate change, its impact on the Pacific, and Australia's role.
Climate change is making a huge impact to the environment and communities across the globe. Our neighbours in the Pacific Islands are living on the frontline of climate change and are increasingly at-risk of its unprecedented impacts, despite contributing very little to its cause.
Hear from experts in the field of climate change in the Pacific Islands to lead a discussion about what it means for the Pacific, what is happening right now and what we can do in Australia to work with the people of the Pacific Islands towards a more just future.
Join us on Wednesday the 22nd of February at the Swamp Room, Bar Ampere, 16 Russell Place in Melbourne, 6.30pm-8pm. The bar is open from 11am - 3am.
Jarrod Troutbeck- Co-founder of Climates, an Australian not-for-profit organisation empowering people in the Australia-Pacific region to address our climate challenges together. Jarrod has seven years experience working in economics for central government agencies within Australia and the Pacific. He is currently undertaking a Masters of Environment, with a tailored specialisation in the niche area of Pacific climate finance. As a boy, Jarrod’s family would holiday in the Melanesian countries, where his father also built school houses. From an early age he felt a deep sense of community within region, and a respect for its ecological vulnerability.
Kari Gibson- provisional psychologist and PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, is conducting research in the Pacific Island nation of Tuvalu concerning the psychological impacts of climate change. Her project explores the relationship between individual psychological distress, unfolding environmental impacts associated with climate change, and forecasts of future demise promulgated by climate change advocates and the media. Her work asks the important question, what helps people at the forefront of climate change scope, and provides insights into ways of coping with the global threat that is shaped by local ideology and faith.
Further speakers to be announced!