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Witnessing Climate Change

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Climate change is too often discussed in the abstract – in terms of graphs, statistics and future projections. For an evening at the Athenaeum Theatre in March, we’ll present people who are already seeing, and living, the impact. They’ll share their stories, visions and ideas for the future.

We’ll hear moving words and performances from Marshall Islands spoken-word artist Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner and activist Ursula Rakova from Papua New Guinea as well as New York Times science writer Jim Robbins and Melbourne-based author and environmentalist Tony Birch.

What does climate change look like today, across the globe? How is it affecting the daily lives of people, plants and animals? What are the obstacles – in political systems and in language – that hinder change and can we overcome them?

Hear from each of our speakers, followed by a short group discussion and then Q&A. Let’s talk people, place and planet in the present tense.

Presented in partnership with WOMADelaide’s Planet Talks Programme.

Embiggen Books will be our bookseller at this event.

 

Featuring

Andi Horvath

Andi Horvath has been commenting on science and culture online, on air and on the go since she was let out of the lab. Ask her about her latest podcasting adventures. She was a science broadcaster on 3RRR for over 20 years, alongside appearances on ABC TV and radio. She has developed major exhibiti... Read more

Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner

Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner is a poet and climate change activist from the Marshall Islands, who first came to international acclaim through her performance at the opening of the United Nations Climate Summit in New York in 2014. Her first collection of poems, Iep Jāltok: Poems from a Marshallese Daugh... Read more

Jim Robbins

Jim Robbins has written for the New York Times for more than 35 years, as well as numerous other magazines including Audubon, Condé Nast Traveler, Smithsonian and Vanity Fair. He is the author of several books including The Man Who Planted Trees and Last Refuge: The Environmental Showdown i... Read more

Ursula Rakova

Ursula Rakova is a pioneer in Papua New Guinea’s environmental movement and international campaigner for the survival of her people and homeland. She is the Executive Director of Tulele Peisa, a local community organisation in Papua New Guinea trying to relocate small island communities affected b... Read more

Tony Birch

Tony Birch is a founding member of the Melbourne School of Discontent. He has published three novels; The White Girl, Ghost River and Blood. He is also the author of Shadowboxing and three short story collections, Father’s Day, The Promise and Common People. In 2017 he was awarded the Pa... Read more

Location

Athenaeum Theatre

188 Collins Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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