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On 8 September, speakers from France, Germany and the UK came together for a discussion on ‘People and Climate Change: Science from Europe’ at the University of Melbourne.
The well attended and engaging forum was hosted by the new EU Centre for Shared Complex Challenges, in partnership with the British High Commission and the French and German Embassies in Canberra. Similar events were held by diplomatic missions from the three countries around the world to mark a joint climate diplomacy day.
The Melbourne event included the Australian launch of the UK Met Office’s innovative Human Dynamics of Climate Change report. Kirsty Lewis, Head of the Met Office’s Climate Security Team, presented the report via a specially recorded video message. She explained how to interpret graphics on the poster to explore the effects of climate change in different areas including flooding, water demand for irrigation and crop yields.
The event – which was packed to capacity with around 150 attendees – was chaired by Professor John Wiseman, Deputy Director of the Melbourne Sustainable Societies Institute, who also moderated the lively discussion that followed the presentations.