Free Public Lecture - Rajendra K Pachauri
"The Role of Knowledge in Promoting Sustainable Development and Tackling Climate Change"
Rajendra K Pachauri is the Chairperson of the Nobel Peace Prize (2007) winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).
It was Albert Einstein who said that problems cannot be solved at the level of awareness that created them. We now know that several human activities have in the past led to impacts such as the loss of biodiversity, pollution of our river systems and the air we breathe as well as an increase in the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, leading to climate change. Fortunately, scientific knowledge and technological possibilities now make it possible for us to deal with some of these problems effectively, in a matter that could lead human society to a sustainable pattern of development. Institutions of higher learning have a special responsibility in developing and disseminating some of the solutions that we need. The presentation will look at the issue of sustainable development and the challenge of climate change that new knowledge and its applications can deal with effectively within a reasonable window of time.
DATE: Thursday 21st February, 2013
VENUE: State Library of Victoria
328 Swanston Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
5.30pm for 6.00pm