European Union and Norway to conduct Climate Diplomacy Day: from Perth to Paris
WHEN: 17th of June, 5.30pm refreshments, 6pm start
WHAT: Australian premiere of the documentary ﬁlm, The Climate Blueprint
Expert panel discussion on climate change
- Her Excellency Unni Kløvstad, Ambassador of Norway Prof Malcolm McCulloch, UWA
- Chantelle Roberts, Conservation Council of Western Australia
- Craig Perry, Peron Naturaliste Partnership
- Patrick Kedemos, Honorary Consul for France in WA John Dorazio, Walker Wayland Accountants
- Alec Svendsen, Vice President of Engineering at Aker Solutions
Climate change is one of the major challenges of the 21st century, presenting major risks for our planet, international prosperity and our security. Consequences include rising sea levels, more frequent and intense heatwaves, more extreme fire risk days, increased water scarcity, food crises, natural disasters, and displacement of vulnerable people. Climate change impacts are already being felt around the world, affecting human lives, the environment and our economies. Without sustained climate action, these impacts will have considerable consequences for our way of life and that of future generations.
The European Climate Diplomacy Day seeks to highlight the positive action that is being taken around the globe in collaboration with the EU and its Member States, and to encourage informed debate and a joint response to the climate challenge.
The events will start with the projection of the documentary "The Climate Blueprint" directed by Fran X Rodriguez and Ruth Chao and produced by Intuitive Productions & Somadrome.
The documentary runs for 52minutes and the 17th would be the Australian's premiere. This documentary is highly relevant as it exposes what the stakes are in the current climate negotiations as well as the main climate science findings.
The Climate Blueprint Synopsis
Across the entire world, a fight against time is being hold to stop an unstoppable menace: climate change. It has already advanced too much. The temperature will rise till 4ºC in this century if we don’t stop it. It’s not a matter about some more degrees: 4ºC is the temperature difference with the last glaciation, when the world was completely frozen. We’re going now into a warmer world: an authentic desert world. The only hope to stop it it’s that government from all over the world come to an agreement at the great summit that will be held in Paris in December 2015, which will become in “The New Kyoto” for future generations, and will be attended by Presidents from all over the world.
The documentary projection will be followed by a panel discussion.
The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), or COP21, will be held from November the 30th to December the 11th, 2015 on the Paris-Le Bourget site, bringing together around 40,000 participants in total - delegates representing each country, observers, and civil society members. It is the largest diplomatic event ever hosted by France and one of the largest climate conferences ever organized. The stakes are high: the aim is to reach, for the first time, a universal, legally binding agreement that will enable us to combat climate change effectively and boost the transition towards resilient, low-carbon societies and economies.
To achieve this, the future agreement must focus equally on mitigation - that is, efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to limit global warming to below 2°C - and societies’ adaptation to existing climate changes. These efforts must take into account the needs and capacities of each country. The agreement will enter into force in 2020 and will need to be sustainable to enable long-term change.
The event will be held at UWA, The Ross Lecture Theatre from 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start to 8.00pm.
Access to the building is via Fairway Entry 1, off the Stirling Highway. Parking is available on campus, along Fairway, and also across the road.