2019 Mick Dark Talk for the Future

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Dr Joëlle Gergis delivers the 2019 Mick Dark Talk for the Future, presented by Varuna.

The Mick Dark Talk for the Future is Varuna’s major annual address on the environment, held to honour the late Mick Dark who gave his family home - Varuna - to the future of Australian writing.

Mick was a life-long conservationist, and active member of the Blue Mountains Conservation Society, who will co-present the event.

An internationally recognised expert on Australian climate variability and change, Dr Joelle Gergis is the author of Sunburnt Country: The future and history of climate change in Australia.

Joëlle is currently serving as a lead author for the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report due for release in 2021.

She is also a councillor of the Climate Council, Australia’s leading independent body providing expert advice to the Australian public on climate change and policy.

Sunburnt Country: the history and future of climate change in Australia

What was Australia's climate like before official weather records began? How do scientists use tree-rings, ice cores and tropical corals to retrace the past? What do Indigenous seasonal calendars reveal? And what do settler diary entries about rainfall, droughts, bushfires and snowfalls tell us about natural climate cycles?

Sunburnt Country pieces together Australia's climate history for the first time. It uncovers a continent long vulnerable to climate extremes and variability. It gives an unparalleled perspective on how human activities have altered patterns that have been with us for millions of years, and what climate change looks like in our own backyard. Sunburnt Country highlights the impact of a warming planet on Australian lifestyles and ecosystems and the power we all have to shape future life on Earth.

To book your ticket, visit https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=558640

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