How universities can become advocates for climate action

Dr Tanya Fiedler in conversation with Professor Michael Mann and Professor Christopher Wright.

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In the wake of the catastrophic bushfires that have devastated Australia this summer, a growing groundswell of the population are demanding greater action on climate change and the rapid decarbonisation of our economy. And yet, business as usual goes on, leading many to feel powerless in the face of this existential juggernaut.

So, what can we do? What are the ways in which we – as academics, researchers, educators, administrators and managers – can engage our respective communities to bring about change? How can we, as non-climate scientists, employ the personal and professional skills at our disposal to become agents of change?

Join this inclusive discussion where you can ask questions of why climate change matters to business and what types of changes we can affect, as well as how we navigate the ethical dilemmas we will face on the way.

This event was presented at the University of Sydney on Tuesday 3 March 2020.


  • Tanya Fiedler is a lecturer in the Discipline of Accounting at the University of Sydney. 
  • Michael Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI). He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC).
  • Christopher Wright is a Professor of Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School.