Sustainable Living Festival

Friday, 14 February 2020 - 9:00am to Saturday, 15 February 2020 - 5:00pm
Federation Square, Flinders and Swanston St, Melbourne

The world is standing at the edge of major ecological and humanitarian tipping points, and time has run out for half measures. It is now imperative that we work to achieve a safe climate at emergency speed.

Recognition that climate change now constitutes a global emergency is spreading rapidly around the world, and the campaign to a declare climate emergency has made significant progress in generating support for the scale and speed of action needed to match the level of the threat we now face.

Building on the momentum of this global movement, the National Climate Emergency Summit looks to help define and align key action that supports an emergency-scale transition in the Australian context. The Summit addresses the pressing need to consolidate coordinated and cooperative approaches to form climate emergency responses – inviting communities, practitioners and businesses to challenge and assist governments to respond.

This is an opportunity to catalyse social, economic and policy breakthroughs that will shape the kind of response we want to see in Australia and around the world.
The Summit will convene expert practitioners, local governments, climate scientists, economists, industry innovators, youth activists, climate action groups, community organisations, and leading advocates to unpack what a climate emergency response could look like at local, national, and global levels.

The diverse program of presentations, workshops, panel discussions, and debates will tackle critical issues in climate reform that span the political, economic, technical, and social change dimensions of a full-scale transition to a safe climate economy at emergency speed.

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