Global and legal action update
In this funder group meeting we will focus on recent global policy shifts and legal actions that are causing waves around the world and here in Australia. The International Energy Agency has just called on Australia to get to a zero emissions electricity grid by 2035, the head of the UN has called on us to switch from coal by 2030. In this session we will explore what these global milestones mean for Australia, and how we can leverage this moment for action. We will also hear about the recent groundbreaking legal case which found that the Environment Minister has a duty of care to protect young Australian from the impacts of climate change. There will be plenty of time for questions so please join us.
- Bill Hare, CEO of Climate Analytics. Bill Hare is a physicist and climate scientist with 30 years’ experience in science, impacts and policy responses to climate change and stratospheric ozone depletion. He is a founder and CEO of Climate Analytics, which was established to synthesise and advance scientific knowledge on climate change and provide state-of-the-art solutions to global and national climate change policy challenges. He was a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report, for which the IPCC was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
- David Barnden, Principle Lawyer with Equity Generation Lawyers. David represents Katta O’Donnell in a unique Federal Court of Australia claim about climate change risks to sovereign bonds. He also represents 8 students from around Australia bringing a class action against the Federal Environment Minister to protect young people from the climate change impacts of the proposed Vickery Extension Coal Project. Prior to establishing the firm in 2019 David was a principal lawyer at Environmental Justice Australia where he represented Guy and Kim Abrahams in Federal Court proceedings against CBA, Australia’s largest bank, for failing to disclose climate change risks to investors.
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