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Spark: decarbonisation

Melbourne Knowledge Week

11 May 2022, 7:00pm9:30pm
Cost$35 (excluding booking fee)
BookingsBookings required
Location The Ian Potter Queen's Hall
Swanston Street Welcome Zone
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Tackling the hot topic that will keep our future cool.

We’ve partnered with science and technology storytellers Future Crunch on our new interactive lecture series designed to spark conversation.

We are living through the greatest energy transition of all time and the third lecture in our series, ‘decarbonisation,’ explores our race to limit climate change. With the world’s high-carbon economies being replaced by solar and wind, greener construction, electric transportation systems and sustainable agriculture – are we on the verge of a future where our ecosystems will be treasured as the source of all life or rather just providers of economic services?

Hosted by Rwandan-British composer and storyteller Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe, Future Crunch will begin the night with a provocative lecture on our efforts to prevent ecological collapse. They will then be joined on stage by Deborah Hart, co-chair at Climarte and Dr Kim Reid, research fellow at Monash's School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment to discuss and debate the topics raised.

Then it is over to you to continue that conversation at your table as you break down the discussion and examine how decarbonisation will change your life.

Light refreshments will be available to purchase on the night. 

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This event is part of narrm ngarrgu | Melbourne Knowledge Week, 9 May – 15 May 2022, proudly presented by the City of Melbourne.

About Deborah Hart

Deborah Hart is a climate and environment focussed creative producer and writer based in Narrm (Melbourne). After 16 years working in development roles with leading Australian arts and culture organisations—as increasingly neoliberal government policies were forcing important public organisations to form ever-closer alliances with harmful industries—Deborah left her profession in order to devote more time to climate activism. Deborah founded LIVE (Locals Into Victoria’s Environment, 2006) and later co-founded CLIMARTE (2010) and ClimActs (2013) to harness the creative arts and combine spectacle, humour and direct action to draw attention to the climate emergency and the corruption causing it. Deborah is the author of Guarding Eden: champions of climate action (Allen & Unwin, 2015), which tells inspiring personal stories showing how and why highly destructive, polluting industries that built immense wealth and influence last century are now using that power recklessly to protect their profits, and the inspiring actions ordinary citizens are taking to safeguard nature and humanity’s future.

About Dr Kim Reid

Kim Reid is an Atmospheric Scientist from Melbourne. She submitted her PhD last month and is now a Research Associate with the Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes and Monash University. Her research focus is on extreme rainfall, flooding and climate change. Kim's PhD thesis investigated the impacts of Atmospheric Rivers over Australia and New Zealand. Atmospheric Rivers are large, narrow corridors of strong water transport in the lowest 1-3 kilometres of the atmosphere and can cause large-scale flooding like we saw recently over NSW and QLD. Her research aims to improve predictions of extreme rainfall and flooding so humanity can be better prepared for these hazards.

About Future Crunch

This event is presented in partnership with Future Crunch, who specialise in the creation and delivery of mind-blowing, visually spectacular learning experiences. 

About Melbourne Knowledge Week

Melbourne Knowledge Week (MKW) is City of Melbourne’s annual festival of ideas for a smart and innovative city, where we engage all Melburnians to explore, discuss and ideate our future together.

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