Fenner Society Talk Ian Fry SIDS and Paris.pdf — PDF document, 6,067 kB (6,213,447 bytes)
Dr Ian Fry, international environmental law and policy expert, based at the Fenner School for Environment and Society, ANU, gave a fascinating insight to the complexity of the climate change negotiations at the recent Paris Agreement meeting. Dr Fry is the Ambassador for climate change and environment for the government of Tuvalu and has represented Tuvalu at the various international climate negotiations for more than 16 years. Tuvalu is one of the most vulnerable nations on earth to the impacts of climate change, no part of the country being above 4 metres high (and that is a rubble pile generated by a cyclone), and extremely susceptible to the increased frequency and intensity of storm surges, cyclones and coral bleaching expected in a climate changing world. His talk analysed the agreement from the perspective of its impact on small island developing states, and highlighted the challenges in getting anything quantifiable given the huge number of trade-offs demanded. Nevertheless he notes a small feeling of positivity from the Meeting – a feeling that the mood and attitude toward is shifting.
It was clear from that discussion that while the ACT is a world leader on climate action, there is much left to do. Prof Will Stefan clearly articulated that we are fast running out of time when it comes to action on climate change,
As the CCACTR states, We in the ACT need to prepare our city for the impacts of climate change, and we must reach zero emission as soon as we can. The community is vital to tackle climate change - when we speak up, together, for climate policies in line with the urgency of the problem, we've seen the decision-makers act. Go the Conservation Council’s website for ideas on what you can do.