Public lecture: How ordinary citizens are standing up against climate change

October 1, 2015

Kirsty Albion, the National Director of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, will present the 2015 Keith Roby Lecture

Kirsty Albion, the National Director of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, will present the 2015 Keith Roby Lecture

How ordinary people are creating extraordinary change is the focus of a public lecture at Murdoch University next month.

Kirsty Albion, the National Director of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, will present the 2015 Keith Roby Lecture at 6pm on Tuesday 20 October.

The talk, entitled “It's time to be extraordinary. How ordinary people are addressing the climate crisis and how to be part of this extraordinary grassroots movement,” will take place in the Kim E Beazley Lecture Theatre at Murdoch’s South Street campus.

“The climate crisis represents the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced, but it's also our opportunity to create a more just and sustainable world,” Ms Albion said.

“For decades vested interests have tried everything to slow global action on climate change – from misinformation campaigns to confuse the public, to bank-rolling politicians and corrupting public policy.

“In the face of this, ordinary citizens are coming together to stand up to fossil fuel projects, putting solar on their roofs, and helping communities to transition from polluting energy sources to clean, renewable ones.

“This grassroots movement is not just revolutionising our energy system and reducing pollution, it's re-imagining the world we want to live in and creating a more just and sustainable future. Hear how ordinary people are creating extraordinary change.”

Through the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Ms Albion has led many major campaigns including the 328km Walk for Solar from Port Augusta to Adelaide and the successful campaign to get the Commonwealth Bank to rule out financing coal ports on the Great Barrier Reef.

She is passionate about empowering young people on the issue of climate change and has run training days for tens of thousands of young people.

In 2010 she was awarded Young Tasmanian of the Year and in 2013 was awarded joint Young Environmentalist of the Year.

The Keith Roby Memorial Lecture in Community Science is a lecture funded by the Keith Roby Trust, established in memory of Dr Roby, a foundation staff member of Murdoch University.

Anyone interested in this topic is welcome to attend but reservations are essential. RSVP by Wednesday 14th October on rsvp@murdoch.edu.au or on 08 9360 6176.

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