Beyond Zero Emissions Seminar: Switching into climate emergency action mode
A growing number of councils and organisations have formally declared climate change to be an emergency, but what are the practical implications of these declarations? What changes are required to our political, social and technological systems to address this emergency?
In this BZE seminar, two speakers will outline their thoughts on framing climate change as an emergency. They see 2020 as a turning point on climate action, arguing that fundamental changes are required after three decades of inaction. It requires grassroots community action, an alliance of businesses and policy frameworks that support the transition to a decarbonised economy.
Philip Sutton is a sustainability strategist. He coauthored with David Spratt the 2008 book Climate Code Red, a case for emergency action. Philip also was the architect of the Flora and Fauna Guarantee legislation passed in 1988, which became the model for the revision of wildlife legislation around Australia. Philip has been involved in Victorian Government strategy development in the areas of energy, environmental conservation, and the wood products industry. Philip’s work ranges across science and technology-based policy, law, industry policy, economics and social change strategy. In 2011, Philip founded RSTI (Research and Strategy for Transition Initiation) to work on the emergency speed transition to a safe climate and sustainability-promoting economy. In 2015 Philip published StrikingTargets: matching climate goals with climate reality, a strategy paper in the Breakthrough series, that maps a new approach to climate action in the post-Paris (COP 21) era.