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Talking Climate Change: Myths, media, and science (POSTPONED)

Held on the 25th Mar 2020

at 6pm to

, Southern Tasmania

Add to Calendar 2020-03-25 18:00:00 2020-03-25 19:30:00 Australia/Sydney Talking Climate Change: Myths, media, and science (POSTPONED) A panel and discussion on how we talk about climate science and our warming world and the possibility for change. Centenary Lecture Theatre, Sandy Bay Campus

Centenary Lecture Theatre, Sandy Bay Campus


A panel and discussion on how we talk about climate science and our warming world and the possibility for change.


  • Peter Friederici
  • Libby Lester
  • John Hunter

Join our panel and experts on climate change science, communication and media, politics, law and from the community to hear how climate science and our warming world, including the recent bushfires, are talked about and represented in the media, politics, and every day discussions, and explore with us the possibility for change.

The panel will include:

Peter Friederici, Professor, School of Communication, and Director, Sustainable Communities Program, Northern Arizona University. Peter is an award-winning environmental journalist who has been teaching journalism, science communication, and sustainability studies at Northern Arizona University for 15 years. His writings have been published in such periodicals as Audubon, Orion, and Inside Climate News, and his books include the 2016 A New Form of Beauty: Glen Canyon Beyond Climate Change.

Libby Lester, Director of the Institute for Social Change and Professor of Media at the University of Tasmania. Her research focuses on how issues are raised, understood and responded to in public debate. She works across industries, government and NGOs to understand and promote the role of communication and media in good decision making about shared social and environmental futures. She asks in particular how regional communities and industries adapt and change in the face of global crises, such as climate change, and expanding networks of communications, travel and trade. Recent Australian Research Council-funded research draws on case studies on forestry, aquaculture, tourism and mining to examine the flows of information, resources and people between Australia and its Asian trading partners. Findings are available in Global Trade and Mediatised Environmental Protest: The View from Here.

John Hunter, an oceanographer working in an emeritus position at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, which is based in the University of Tasmania. His current interests are the sea-level rise induced by climate change, and its impacts. He has a keen interest in seeing that the science of climate change is accurately communicated, not distorted by the so-called "climate skeptics" and is appropriately incorporated into public policy. A recent article in The Conversation discusses the recent Australian heatwaves and bushfires, and ways in which they may best be communicated to the public,

This event is hosted by the Climate Justice Network at the Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania.