If your head isn’t spinning after you’ve attended a conference of this calibre, then you probably weren’t listening. 11 Nov saw Australia’s Global Climate Summit come to an end. Two days of intense information and discussion on climate: status, metrics, methods, successes, plans and aspirations from a range of dynamic experts.
I had the great pleasure of meeting Susan Moylan-Coombs (Director of the Gaimaragal Group) to discuss my next short story about the Aboriginal peoples of the Torres Strait and the loss of their livelihood and land, due to sea-level rise. Susan is an inspiring speaker, and I can feel a budding but urgent drive to get down to work. I look forward to starting my research and to collaborating with others in the field.
Australia, with its hitherto dubious record of emissions, but also with its fantastic potential for world-leading emissions-reduction technologies, needs more conferences of this type – both large-scale and small-scale. Three things were emphasised at the conference: the need for collaboration, the need to recognise and emphasise the inextricable link between reducing climate-change and protecting global biodiversity, and [smile] the need to convey the climate crisis through stories to make the information accessible and comprehensible to all age groups and backgrounds.