Former US Vice President and global environmentalist Al Gore will headline a virtual conference on climate change in Australia this week.
The Engineers Australia Climate Smart Engineering (CSE) 2021 conference will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday (November 16-17) addressing the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience, as well as rigorous reporting on progress.
Gore will join other leading climate change experts including Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever, and a member and architect of the United Nations (UN) sustainable development goals panel. The full list of speakers can be seen here.
Engineers Australia CEO Dr Bronwyn Evans AM said CSE will “Climate Smart Engineering is being held at a critical world juncture – the week after COP26 – the pivotal United Nations Climate Change Conference, and against a backdrop of the Australian Government recently committing to reaching net-zero by 2050.
“We will use deliberations and decisions in both Glasgow and Canberra as a springboard for many conversations throughout the conference,” Evans said.
“The work of engineers is crucial to tackling climate change; the profession has always brought innovative technical skills to the challenges of the day and its achievements have helped to shape societies.
“CSE will provide a space for important work directly linking engineers’ work to the future of our planet. The stakes could hardly be higher, but collaboration with government, industry, and the community – we can meet the challenge and help make a difference to combating the devastating effects of climate change on our planet.”Registrations to attend in person or virtually are being taken online.