Curious Climate
Curious Climate

What else can we do about climate change?

Region: 

East North
Authors
Professor Gretta Pecl
Peat Leith

Summary of Answer

Dr Peat Leith (University of Tasmania, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture) provides insights on the topic of ‘What can we do about climate change?’.

This footage was shot at live public forums for the Curious Climate Tasmania project held across Tasmania in August 2019 as part of Australian National Science Week. Curious Climate was initiated by a group of scientists & journalists that wanted to know what the Tasmanian public were curious about in terms of climate change. This series of presentations cover the most popular questions submitted by the Tasmanian public, in response to a call out for questions from ABC Radio, and aim to bridge the gap between experts and audiences with credible, relevant information about climate change. 

This project was delivered in partnership with the Centre for Marine Socioecology, ABC Radio Hobart, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, CSIRO, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture. Funding was provided by National Science Week and the Tasmanian Government, through the Tasmanian Climate Change Office.

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About the Authors

Professor Gretta Pecl

Professor Gretta Pecl

Director of Centre for Marine Socioecology and ARC Future Fellow

Affiliations:

University of Tasmania, Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, Centre for Marine Socioecology

Research Area:

Research Area: Population dynamics and life history of fish, octopus and squid; Impacts of marine climate change; how fisheries, aquaculture and conservation can adapt to climate change; and communication and public engagement on climate change.

Why I do the research I do:

Why I do it: I spend quite a lot of time communicating and engaging with the public on climate change as it really upsets me how misrepresented climate change is the media and on social media. Part of my job is assessing all available climate change science for the next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, and there is no doubt at all that climate change is real, a result of human activities and very serious.

Peat Leith

Affiliations:

University of Tasmania

Research Area:

Research Area: Peat has worked for the NSW Government on research for natural resource management (NRM) policy, with the Adaptation Research Network for Marine Biodiversity and Resources (University of Tasmania) on adaptation in fisheries, and with the CSIRO Coastal Collaboration Cluster (University of Tasmania) on improving the linkages between science and decision-making in coastal zone management. He has also worked as a consultant. From 2012-2015 Peat was the Convenor of the Science for Society and Policy Program in TIA. He also led a TIA research project that assisted nine regional NRM organisations across south-eastern Australia to update their strategic plans for climate change.

Why I do the research I do:

Why I do it: Peat is passionate about ensuring that public investment on research leads to societal outcomes. His research and practice is geared to improving the design of projects and programs to achieve such outcomes in ways that are equitable, accountable and efficient, especially in areas of natural resource management and sustainability.
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