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Music and Magic amplify climate solutions

Today on BZE Radio join us at Northcote Town Hall for an excerpt from an inspired and inspiring event held on August 11th called Creating a Climate for Change (Thank you Melbourne Playback Theatre)


Architect Rob Adams returned to his University in South Africa and found that without building more  they had massively increased the number of students by multitasking the rooms. With climate change in mind he talks about how cities can do the same.

Lucy Best is a campaigner. She engages with the community to bring renewable energy solutions to low income residents. Her fascinating talk shows how personal commitment and ingenuity break down barriers.

Stephen Bygrave brings examples from around the world to show how the time is coming when petrol fuelled cars, energy intensive buildings and coal fired power will be things of the past.


Playback Theatre Performers engage with the audience.

People's worries about workers left behind, politicians not being up to the task and survival are brought into the arena.

The musicians and actors then mirror these thoughts  and turn them into little plays. Imagination, myth and feelings are to the fore in an evening where Left Brain climate solutions meet Right Brain improvisations. 

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Climate science and Australian impacts: What's new? Professor David Karoly 


(together with Professor Clive Hamilton Professor David Karoly recently issued the Minority Report of the Climate Change Authority Special Review September 5th, 2016)

In 2013 Australia experienced it's hottest year in the instrumental record, and this year dramatic new research on tipping points in Antarctica is being called a "game changer". Professor David Karoly will join us to talk about this research and its Australian impacts.

David Karoly is a Professor of Atmospheric Science in the School of Earth Sciences and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science at the University of Melbourne.
He is an internationally recognised expert in climate change and climate variability, including greenhouse climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion and interannual climate variations due to El Niño-Southern Oscillation.

Professor Karoly was heavily involved in preparation of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released in 2007, in several different roles.
Professor Karoly is a member of the new Climate Change Authority in Australia. He is also a member of the Science Advisory Panel to the Australian Climate Commission, the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, and the Joint Scientific Committee, which provides oversight of the World Climate Research Programme.
Professor Karoly joined the School of Earth Sciences in May 2007 as an ARC Federation Fellow funded by the Australian government.