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Social justice and adaptation to sea-level rise in Gippsland East: Seminar

Posted in Events, Research by Kate Archdeacon on May 10th, 2012

24 May , 2012
12:00 pmto1:00 pm


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The Brotherhood of St Laurence, Research & Policy Centre invites you to attend these free lunchtime seminars:

Professor Jon Barnett, Resource Management and Geography, University of Melbourne

As knowledge and modeling of the risks of sea-level rise builds momentum so too does the need to begin processes to adapt to avoid these risks. This seminar will be an informal discussion of an ongoing ARC Linkage Project in Gippsland East which aims to understand the equity dimensions of climate change for small coastal communities. Amongst the research locales are Lakes Entrance, Port Albert, Seaspray, Manns Beach and McLoughlins Beach. We will present findings about policy-makers’ views of the ‘problem’ in this area, and emerging insights about the nature of social justice with respect to adaptation to sea-level rise.

Jon Barnett is a Professor in the Department of Resource Management and Geography at Melbourne University. He is a political geographer whose research investigates the impacts of and responses to climate change on social systems, with a focus on risks to human insecurity, hunger, violent conflict, and water stress. He has done extensive field-work in the South Pacific, China, and East Timor. Jon is convenor of the national research network on the social, economic and institutional dimensions of climate change, which is part of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, and is a Lead Author for the forthcoming Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC. Jon is co-lead investigator on this project, along with Professor Ruth Fincher from the Geography program at the University of Melbourne, and Dr Anna Hurlimann, who is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning at Melbourne University.

12noon-1pm, Thursday 24 May

Brotherhood of St Laurence, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy in Father Tucker’s Room

>>RSVP to attend this event here


Climate Change and Migration from the South Pacific

Posted in Events, Research by land-environment on April 4th, 2011

14 April , 2011
5:30 pmto7:30 pm


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It is often said that climate change imperils the small islands of the Pacific Ocean, and will drive waves of refugees towards Australia. This lecture presents and then interrogates this popular narrative about climate change and migration from the Pacific Islands. It draws on a range of theories and evidence to make sense of the issue, arguing that while much of the popular narrative is theoretically and empirically unsubstantiated, there are nevertheless some reasons for concern. A more constructive way of understanding the issue is offered, and some ways forward for Australian policy are proposed.

Speaker: Professor Jon Barnett
Department of Resource Management and Geography
University of Melbourne

Location: Theatre 1, 221 Bouverie St Carlton (building 379). Download map here (ref O18).
Date: Thursday 14th April
Time: 5.30pm

Prof. Jon Barnett is a political geographer whose research investigates the impacts of and responses to environmental change on social systems, with a focus on risks to human security, hunger, conflict, and water stress.  He has been conducting research on the social and institutional dimensions of vulnerability and adaptation to climate change since 2000. This has included field based research in the South Pacific, China, and Timor-Leste.

Jon is host convenor of the research network on the social, economic and institutional dimensions of climate change, which is part of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility.
Jon is a Lead Author for the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Working Group II, Chapter 12), the Executive Editor of the adaptation domain of Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews Climate Change, and is on the editorial board of Global Environmental Change.

To register, please click here: http://www.land-environment.unimelb.edu.au/deanslectures/barnett


New Projects: Climate Conversations

Posted in Movements, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on August 5th, 2010

Source: Locals Into Victoria’s Environment (LIVE)

The next City of Port Phillip Climate Conversations session will be held on Saturday 7 August – this session will be for those proposing New Project ideas.

Since March this year 163 people have attended Climate Conversations sessions. 14 project ideas have been proposed by participants to adapt our city to climate change. More ideas are needed, so why not come along to the New Projects session?   Climate Conversation sessions, and the projects that arise out of them, are community-led and driven projects. Their purpose is to green up local streets, activity centres and homes. The City of Port Phillip Council is acting as a catalyst, providing resources, and expertise, to get projects started, and help out along the way. Council has many climate action projects and hopes that Climate Conversation sessions will empower local people to implement more.

Find out more about the Climate Conversations.

10 am – 1 pm, Saturday 7 August 2010

South Port Uniting Church, 319 Dorcas Street, South Melbourne Melway Map 2K, B3. Take Tram 96 to Stop 127, then walk 100m up the path to Dorcas Street. The church hall is across the road to the left of the bluestone church.

Please RSVP (http://www.live.org.au/community-events/rsvp-form) if you are coming as it helps with catering. Make sure you mention any special dietary, hearing, access or interpretation requirements you may have.