What we'll do
The Future of Arctic and Antarctic poles under irreversible threat
Polar regions are increasingly at the centre of environmental, geo-political and cultural shifts, but it has now become imperative to protect these pristine wilderness areas from catastrophic change.
Date and time: Tuesday 6 August, 6 – 7.30pm
Venue: The University of Sydney
Cost: ***FREE - Registration Required
The poles have become a striking focus for observing and understanding environmental change in recent times. Global warming is melting glaciers across the world at an alarming rate, and experts warn that humans have only 12 years to take action to avert devastating and irreversible climate change.
This change could include the extinction of unique species such as polar bears, who won't be able to adapt if their habitat disappears.
At the same time human exploitation of the polar regions presents us with a changing theatre of geo-politics, particularly when ships are ploughing new routes through melting ice floes. The prospect of warming polar regions is generating fresh interest – and concern – about new industrial and military applications for the poles.
The Antarctic Treaty System – a bundle of international agreements that regulate the Antarctic region – has taken on a new significance as a model for cooperative international action.
Firmly established images of the poles as pristine wilderness areas have been called into question, forcing humans to rethink their relationship to the Arctic and Antarctic through literature, media, and culture.
This panel will discuss how our relationship with the polar regions has changed in the 21st century and what the polar regions reveal about the broader environmental challenges facing the world today, as we collectively combat climate change and unpack its deeper implications.
- Professor Elizabeth Leane, University of Tasmania
Elizabeth is Professor of English at the University of Tasmania and an ARC Future Fellow.
- Professor Tim Stephens, University of Sydney
Tim is Professor of International Law and Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the University of Sydney. He is President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law.
- Dr Rohan Howitt, University of Sydney
Rohan is a Junior Research Fellow in the Laureate Program in International History at the University.
***Registering for this free event***
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We recommend early arrival to allow time for finding the venue and securing a seat to the event. Doors open 30 minutes before the advertised start time.
If you could not register but would like to attend, you are welcome to join a stand-by queue on the night as seats may become available due to late cancellations. Please note, this is not guaranteed so you come at risk of non-admittance.
Venue: getting to SSB Lecture Theatre 200
This event takes place at SSB Lecture Theatre 200, which is on Level 2 of the Social Sciences Building (enter via Science Road).
There will be directional signage on the day leading to the theatre. You may also refer to the map on this page.
There is some on-street parking around Forest Lodge and Glebe.
There is also paid parking available at Western Avenue Carpark. Head to the University's Parking page for more information about fees and opening hours.