When climate scientist Joëlle Gergis set to work on the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report, the research she encountered kept her up at night. Through countless hours spent with the world’s top scientists to piece together the latest global assessment of climate change, she realised that the impacts were occurring faster than anyone had predicted.
In Humanity’s Moment, Joëlle takes us through the science in the IPCC report with clear-eyed honesty, explaining what it means for our future, while sharing her personal reflections on bearing witness to the heartbreak of the climate emergency unfolding in real time. But this is not a lament for a lost world. It is an inspiring reminder that human history is an endless tug-of-war for social justice. We are each a part of an eternal evolutionary force that can transform our world.
This book is a climate scientist’s guide to rekindling hope, and a call to action to restore our relationship with ourselves, each other and our planet.
Dr Joëlle Gergis is an award-winning climate scientist and writer at the Australian National University. She is an internationally recognised expert in Australian and Southern Hemisphere climate variability and change who served as a lead author for the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report – a global, state-of-the art review of climate change science.
Joëlle will be in conversation with Dr Sian Prior. Sian is a writer, broadcaster, musician and teacher. She has presented programs on ABC Melbourne, ABC RN and ABC Classic, and has been a regular columnist for The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. She teaches creative writing at RMIT University and runs her own online writing courses. Her first book, 'Shy: a memoir' was published in 2014 and her second, 'Childless: a Story of Freedom and Longing', in 2022 (Text Publishing). In the late 1980's Sian worked for the Australian Conservation Foundation, campaigning on global warming.