Dr Joëlle Gergis Dr Joëlle Gergis

The 2019 Mick Dark Talk for the Future
Friday 15 November
Wentworth Falls School of Arts
6.30pm for refreshments - 7:15pm sharp start
Dr Joëlle Gergis
"Climate change history: shaping future life on earth"
A collection of photos taken at this event are shown below

Concerned about current conversations around climate?

The 2019 Mick Dark Talk for the Future is your chance to get the facts, with a presentation from internationally recognised expert on climate variability and change, Dr Joëlle Gergis.

Co-presented by Varuna the National Writers’ House and the Blue Mountains Conservation Society, the Mick Dark Talk for the Future is an annual address on the environment, inviting prominent and authoritative thinkers to discuss their work on subjects that provoke and inspire.

Sunburnt Country "Sunburnt Country"
by Joëlle Gergis
Dr Gergis is the author of Sunburnt Country: The future and history of climate change in Australia.

She is also a councillor of the Climate Council, Australia’s leading independent body, which provides expert advice to the Australian public on climate change and policy.

Sunburnt Country offers an unparalleled perspective on how human activities have altered patterns that have been with us for millions of years, and what climate change looks like in our own backyard.

This work highlights the impact of a warming planet on Australian ecosystems, and the power we all have to shape future life on Earth.

A previous speaker at Blue Mountains Writers’ Festival, Dr Gergis returns to discuss topics such as what Australia's climate was like before official weather records began, how scientists use indicators in nature to retrace climate trends, and our continent’s ancient vulnerability to climate extremes and variability.

The Talk for the Future is held in honour of the late Mick Dark, who gave Varuna, his family home, to the writers of Australia. An active member of the Blue Mountains Conservation Society, this flagship event evolved from Mick’s life-long passion for conservation, and provides a platform for informed conversations on the key topics of our time.

Location: Wentworth Falls School of Arts
Date: Friday November 15
Time: Please gather from 6.30pm onwards for refreshments. Dr Gergis’ talk will commence at 7.15pm sharp, and there will be an opportunity for a Q and A session following the talk.

Tickets: $15/$12. This event is suitable for all ages. Tickets are available online from TryBooking.

Here's a poster.

This event is proudly supported by legendary locals:

More info: www.varuna.com.au or call 4782 5674.


Photos taken on the night by Alan Page.

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Rob Clyne and Veechi Stuart Rob Clyne and Veechi Stuart
checking the set-up
The Stage Is Set The Stage Is Set
Clare Power and Jasmine Payget Clare Power and Jasmine Payget
at the ConSoc table
Craig Linn and Lachlan Garland Craig Linn and Lachlan Garland
David King and Jill Dark David King and Jill Dark
Lyndal Sulivan, Carolyn Williams and Jackie Janosi Lyndal Sullivan, Carolyn Williams and Jackie Janosi
The Audience The Audience
Amy Sambrooke Amy Sambrooke, MC
David King David King
Welcome to Country
Susan Templeman Susan Templeman, MP
Madi Maclean Madi Maclean
former BMCS President
Joelle Gergis and Veechi Stuart Joëlle Gergis and Veechi Stuart
Joelle Gergis Joëlle Gergis
Joelle Gergis Joëlle Gergis
Amy Sambrooke and Joelle Gergis Amy Sambrooke and Joëlle Gergis
during the Q&A