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The Ethics of Climate Change: The Moral Case for Tackling the Climate Problem


Amidst all the political and policy debate, the technical discussions and the controversies surrounding the science vs the sceptics, it is easy to forget the human impacts of the choices we make. Not just the big choices regarding policy, energy and infrastructure but the daily choices we face: what to buy, whether to travel, how to live. Must we fail to tackle the climate problem if we fail to change the way we think and act?

5:30 – 6:30pm– Keynote Presentations
6:30 – 6:45pm– Interval
6:45 – 7:50pm– Panel Discussion


Tim Soutphommasane

Tim Soutphommasane is a political theorist and human rights advocate. From 2013 to 2018 he was Race Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission. His previous books include Reclaiming Patriotism, The Virtuous Citizen, Don’t Go Back To Where You Came From and I’m Not... Read more

Kartikeya Sarabhai

Keynote Speaker: Kartikeya Sarabhai is the Founding Director of the Centre for Environment Education, India. He is a member of the Earth Charter International Council and Vice-Chair of the Indian National Commission for the International Union Conservation of Nature. He is also editor of the Journal... Read more

Peter Singer

Peter Singer is a philosopher and author of over 25 books on ethics. He is best known for Animal Liberation, widely credited with starting the animal rights movement. Peter Singer was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1946 and educated at the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford. He h... Read more


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The Atrium Flinders Street Federation Square Melbourne Victoria 3000

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