In conversation with Joëlle Gergis

Joëlle Gergis will be in conversation with Jonica Newby on Joëlle's new book Humanity's Moment A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope, a personal call to action from a lead author on the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report, a global, state-of-the art review of climate change science.

Joëlle shows us that the solutions we need to live sustainably already exist - we just need the social movement and political will to create a better world. This book is a climate scientist's guide to rekindling hope, and a call to action to restore our relationship with ourselves, each other and our planet.

In Humanity's Moment, Joëlle takes us through the science in the IPCC report with unflinching honesty, explaining what it means for our future, while sharing her personal reflections on bearing witness to the heartbreak of the climate emergency unfolding in real time. But this is not a lament for a lost world. It is an inspiring reminder that human history is an endless tug-of-war for social justice. We are each a part of an eternal evolutionary force that can transform our world.

"Joëlle lays out our planetary situation in stark and simple terms, in sentences and statistics that demand underlining, even if they seem too terrible to bear. This all makes for raw and urgent reading, but, in the vein of Julia Baird's Phosphorescence, the book also offers hope: its final section conjures the 'social tipping point' needed to compel political action, reminding us of the roles we can each play." Kim Thomson, Books+Publishing

Dr Joëlle Gergis is an award-winning climate scientist at the Australian National University, where she is Senior Lecturer in Climate Science and Associate Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes and writer. She served as a lead author for the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report and is the author of Sunburnt Country: The History and Future of Climate Change in Australia. She is an internationally recognised expert in Australian and Southern Hemisphere climate variability and change who has authored over 100 scientific publications.

Dr Jonica Newby is a science reporter, author, speaker, TV presenter and director, best known for her two decades on ABC TV's popular weekly science program, Catalyst. She has twice won Australia's most prestigious science journalism award, the Eureka Prize, and is recipient of a World TV Award. Jonica's 2021 book Beyond Climate Grief is a magical and deeply moving personal story that explores how to navigate the emotional turmoil of climate change.

The vote of thanks will be given by Tim Hollo, environmentalist, musician, community activist and writer. Tim is Executive Director of The Green Institute, a Visiting Fellow at the Sydney Environment Institute, and author of "Living Democracy: an ecological manifesto for the end of the world as we know it".


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