Queensland: Climate Change and Faith in the Pacific Islands

The Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue invites you to a seminar on Climate Change and Faith in the Pacific Islands. The seminar is being presented by Dr Patrick Nunn from the University of the Sunshine Coast on Tuesday, 6th November.


Prof. Patrick Nunn will examine the following issues (among others):

1. Islands are uniquely exposed to climate change
2. Failures of (most) past interventions for climate-change adaptation in the Pacific Islands
3. The future need for transformational adaptation: how to design and drive it
4. A role for faith-engaged approaches?

Speaker biography:
Patrick Nunn is a geographer and climate-change scientist who has been researching in the Pacific Islands region for more than thirty years. He has current projects in the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu that look at the reasons why most external interventions for climate-change adaptation fail to be either effective or sustained. With others having a long-term involvement with the IPCC, he shared the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize; he was Lead Author on the “Sea Level Change” chapter in AR5 and has been appointed Lead Author on the “Small Islands” chapter in AR6. In May 2018, he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland. He has authored over 250 peer-reviewed publications including several books, such as “Climate, Environment and Society in the Pacific during the Last Millennium” (Elsevier, 2007) and the more popular “Vanished Islands and Hidden Continents of the Pacific” (University of Hawaii Press, 2009). A recent article in The Conversation summarises Patrick’s views on faith-informed adaptation interventions – see https://tinyurl.com/khzm6nl


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