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What's up with climate change? 

Global Climate Change Week (GCCW) aims to encourage academic communities – including university academics, students and staff – in all disciplines and countries to engage with each other, their communities and policy makers on climate change action and solutions.

In 2019, USC students, staff and academics engaged intellectually, emotionally and creatively with the wicked problem of climate change through workshops, presentations, creative performance, infographics and short films.

The 2019 GCCW program provided opportunities to connect with several themes under the banner of ‘What’s up with climate change?’ and was designed with the goals of demonstrating the diverse nature of the drivers of climate change and highlighting constructive responses.

The initiative was supported and sponsored by Professor Joanne Scott, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement).

Student competition

As part of GCCW in 2019, USC ran a competition inviting all students to show what THEY thought was 'up with climate change' in four different categories (short films, infographics, spoken word poetry/flash fiction and student project talks). Students' work and outputs were showcased during Global Climate Change Week and celebrated at the 'What's up with climate change?' Gala on Friday 18 October.

Prize winners

  First prize Second prize Third prize Runner up
Short films

Timothy Gill and Michael De Wet

(Watch the movie)

     

Infographics

Mana Yasuda

(Download the infographic)

Anna Maria Mercedes van Setten

(Download the infographic)

Lucy Guo

(Download the infographic)

Morgane Louet

(Download the infographic)

Spoken word poetry/flash fiction Ella Woodborne

Rosermary Dittmar

Logan Costa

Anne Shannon
Student project talks Ella Blundell and Trinh Huynh      
What's up with climate change?

Global Climate Change Week Organising Team

Dr Noni Keys (Coordinator), Julie Reeves (Support), Dr Graham Ashford, Dr Theresa Ashford, Associate Professor Claudia Baldwin, Dr Ali Black, Dr Ginna Brock, Hannah Brown, Anne Marie DeRose, Dennis Desmond, Dr Kate English, Dr Stefanie Fishel, Dennis Frost, Christina Jackson, Terri Kolb, Dr Ipek Kurtboke, Dr Jo Loth, Donald Mackay, Professor Patrick Nunn, Bridgette Simpson, Associate Professor Neil Tindale, Janet Turley and Dr Paul Williams

2019 Global Climate Change Week at USC

Saturday 12 October

Time

Details

Venue

9:30am-3pm

Symposium: Implications of climate change for the Sunshine Coast

With natural disasters increasingly being associated with climate change, local residents are seeking more information about the implications for their community. USC has gathered independent speakers on the potential climate future on the coast, legal liability for decision-making, and from Insurance Council of Australia to discuss current thinking about risk.

Download the symposium program (PDF 395KB)

Facilitator: Associate Professor Claudia Baldwin

Public event

Lecture Theatre 7, Building C, USC Sunshine Coast
Monday 14 October

Time

Details

Venue

11am-11:45am

USC Sustainability tour

Daily guided walks around campus to learn about USC's sustainability initiatives, including USC's brand new "water battery" energy solution and OSCA (On-Site Composting Apparatus)  

Public event - Tour limited to first 15 people to arrive at meeting point

Meeting point at the Brasserie stage, USC Sunshine Coast
12pm-2pm

Expert panel: Science and technology actions addressing climate change

Panel of three USC experts showcasing how environmental mircobiology, technology and organisational sustainability initiatives can offer climate change solutions

Presenters: Dr Ipek Kurtboke, Dennis Desmond, Dennis Frost

Public event

Lecture Theatre 4, Building I, USC Sunshine Coast
7pm-8:30pm

Climate Change Theatre Action: Performance of short plays by USC students

Series of short plays highlighting aspects of climate change and presented as part of the international 'Lighting the way' initiative

Public event

Lecture Theatre 2, Building K, USC Sunshine Coast
Tuesday 15 October

 

Time

Details

Venue

12pm-2pm

Student presentations: Let's talk about climate change

Series of three-minute presentations by USC students about a project or research activity relating to climate change

Event showcasing outputs from the "What's up with climate change?" student competition (category: student project talks)

Public event

Lecture Theatre 5, Building K, USC Sunshine Coast
12pm-2pm

Lecture: Science of climate change

Lecture on the science of climate change delivered as part of the course ENS242 Introduction to Weather and Climate

Presenter: Associate Professor Neil Tindale

Event opened to USC staff and students only

Lecture Theatre 7, Building C, USC Sunshine Coast
3pm-3:45pm

USC Sustainability tour

Daily guided walks around campus to learn about USC's sustainability initiatives, including USC's brand new "water battery" energy solution and OSCA (On-Site Composting Apparatus)

Public event - Tour limited to first 15 people to arrive at meeting point

Meeting point at the Brasserie stage, USC Sunshine Coast
6pm-7:30pm

Public lecture on climate change 

Free public lecture for the community to connect informally with USC guest speakers over drinks on the wicked issue of climate change

Presenters:

Public event 
Buderim Tavern, 81 Burnett Street, Buderim
Wednesday 16 October

Time

Details

Venue

12pm-1:30pm

Workshop with a Climate Reality Leader: Does USC need a Climate Action group? 

Workshop facilitated by USC's very own Climate Reality Leader Dr Kate English for staff and students to discuss how the USC community can join the global movement for climate solutions

Presenter: Dr Kate English

Event opened to USC staff and students only

Room E2.24, Building E, USC Sunshine Coast
5pm-5:45pm

USC Sustainability tour

Public guided walk around campus to learn about USC's sustainability initiatives, including USC's brand new "water battery" energy solution and OSCA (On-Site Composting Apparatus)

Public event 

Meeting point at the front of the Art Gallery
6pm-8:30pm

Public film screening: 2040

Award-winning director Damon Gameau embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we embraced solutions already available to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream.

Public event 
Lecture Theatre 1, Buidling K, USC Sunshine Coast
Thursday 17 October

Time

Details

Venue

11am-1pm

Stories of climate change: Short stories read and performed by USC students

Time for some CliFi! Three minute performances by students sharing their inspiration about climate change problems or solutions in spoken word poetry or flash fliction

Event showcasing outputs from the "What's up with climate change?" student competition (category: spoken word poetry/flash fiction)

Public event 

Brasserie stage, USC Sunshine Coast
1pm-2pm

Research presentation: Pre-service teachers picture connections: Exploring the significance of childhoods, people and place through arts-based reflection

Presentation on the ways significant early experiences contribute to physical, mental and spiritual health across the lifespan and the power of the arts for connecting educators to their educator values about working with young children toward sustainable, well, and hopeful futures

Presenter: Dr Ali Black

Event opened to USC staff and students only
Room E1.04, Buidling E, USC Sunshine Coast
3pm-3:45pm

USC Sustainability tour

Daily guided walks around campus to learn about USC's sustainability initiatives, including USC's brand new "water battery" energy solution and OSCA (On-Site Composting Apparatus)

Public event 

Meeting point at the Brasserie stage, USC Sunshine Coast
Friday 18 October

Time

Details

Venue

11am-11:45am

USC Sustainability tour

Daily guided walks around campus to learn about USC's sustainability initiatives, including USC's brand new "water battery" energy solution and OSCA (On-Site Composting Apparatus)

Public event 

Meeting point at the Brasserie stage, USC Sunshine Coast
4:30pm-6pm

Celebrate Global Climate Change Week at USC!

Time for students and staff, families and friends, to reflect on a week of engagement with the wicked problem of climate change and celebrate positive climate action!

Come groove to the sound of music from local band Pablum, share a plate from the Good Food Fellas (vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options available) and celebrate creativity! 

Public event 

Brasserie stage and lawn, USC Sunshine Coast
6pm-8pm

Gala and film festival: What's up with climate change? 

Celebration of Global Climate Change Week at USC:

  • Welcome address by Professor Joanne Scott, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement)
  • Exclusive screening of the top entries in the short films category
  • Display of student infographics
  • Winners in each category (short films, infographics, spoken word poetry/flash fiction, student project talks) announced and presented with their prize

Event showcasing outputs from the "What's up with climate change?" student competition (categories: short films and infographics)

Public event

Lecture Theatre 3, Building I, USC Sunshine Coast
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