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Climate Solutions for Sydney, Australia for 2030

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A dialogue on regional-level and local climate solutions

The world’s top climate scientists have told us that limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require global net human-caused carbon emissions to fall by about 45 percent by 2030 from 2010 levels, reaching ‘net zero’ around 2050. This is also but doing so would require unprecedented, rapid and far-reaching transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities.

Australia continues to have its share of extreme weather events, droughts, heatwaves, floods and bushfires. These will be increasingly hard to manage in a global warming scenario, impacting the lives of many in diverse ways. The challenges posed by solving climate change challenge necessarily range across history, science, business, culture, economics, psychology, religion, government, media, journalism and the arts. Solving the climate change challenge is everyone’s business.

How can state and local action put us on the way to solving climate change by 2030?

Join us in this dialogue as we hear from experts discussing climate solutions, just transitions, policy and civic action.

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 7, 13.00 AEST (GMT +10) Time Convertor

Ms Lisa McLean
CEO, NSW Circular

Lisa is a circular economy and zero-carbon business transformation leader. She has been successfully advising industry and governments in developing new policy frameworks and regulations that bring about market change to enable the circular zero-carbon economy over the past 14 years.

This work has covered the energy, water, waste and mobility sectors in the UK and Australia.

Lisa established and led the Open Cities Alliance, a peak industry association with unique membership from government to private sector and research organisations. Open Cities advocates for the circular economy, prosumer rights and new local utility and mobility precinct approaches.

In Australia, Lisa initiated and established the Australian Solar Thermal Association (AUSTELA), advised electric mobility providers, and worked with Flow Systems from a start-up sustainable water utility to its major role in shaping a new sustainable water and now multi-utility market.

Starting her career as a political journalist working in the national press gallery, Lisa moved to advising ministers and premiers on education and climate policy, before heading to the UK to help establish the Clinton Climate Initiative.
Ms Linda Scott
Labor Councillor, City of Sydney Council

Linda is a progressive leader.

She is currently serving as a Labor Councillor on the City of Sydney Council, formerly serving as Deputy Lord Mayor.

She is results driven, successfully advocating for increased City action on climate change and doubling library funding. She has won new affordable housing, and increased support for those experiencing homelessness. She has successfully advocated for new childcare and skate ramps, and spearheaded City action to fight racism and support refugees.

She sets the national agenda as President of the Australian Local Government Association and is the first woman to be elected as President of Local Government NSW, the peak body for NSW councils.

A strong supporter for reforming the Australian Labor Party, Linda won Labor’s first ever community preselection, where more than 4,000 people elected her to be Labor’s candidate for Lord Mayor of Sydney in the 2012 NSW Local Government Elections. Linda is also the Deputy Chair of Labor’s Sustainable Communities Committee.
Professor David Schlosberg
Director of the Sydney Institute for the Environment
Professor of Environmental Politics, The University of Sydney

David Schlosberg is Director of the Sydney Environment Institute, Professor of Environmental Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations, and Payne-Scott Professor at the University of Sydney. He is known internationally for his work in environmental politics, environmental movements, and political theory - in particular the intersection of the three with his work on environmental justice. His other theoretical interests are in climate justice, climate adaptation and resilience, and environmental movements and the practices of everyday life. Professor Schlosberg’s more applied work includes public perceptions of adaptation and resilience, the health and social impacts of climate change, and community-based responses to food insecurity and shock climate events. He is the author of Defining Environmental Justice (Oxford, 2007); co-author of Climate-Challenged Society (Oxford, 2013); and co-editor of both The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society (Oxford 2011), and The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory (Oxford 2016). His latest book is Sustainable Materialism: Environmental Movements and the Politics of Everyday Life (Oxford 2019). Professor Schlosberg has been a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics, Australian National University, Princeton University, University of Washington, and UC Santa Cruz, among others.
Associate Professor Ali Abbas (Chair)
Director, Laboratory for Multiscale Systems
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The University of Sydney

Associate Professor Ali Abbas received both his bachelor’s and PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Sydney, Australia. He held a lecturing contract at the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Sydney before joining, in 2004, the new School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He was appointed, in 2007, to the lecturing position at UNSW Asia in Chemical Engineering in the Division of Engineering Science and Technology. Associate Professor Abbas returned to the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Sydney later in 2007.

His engineering research is in Process Systems Engineering with emphasis on model-based optimal operation of particulate, energy and bio- systems. He has strong interests in education and teaching with particular focus on curriculum design and integration as well as on experiential e-learning and virtual worlds (such as the University's Second Life world).

Professor Abbas is Chair of the organising committee for the inaugural ‘Australian Circular Economy Conference’ (ACEC).

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