End Game: Adaptation, Regeneration & Strategies for Survival


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Presenting In Conversation series two:


/ˈtɪpɪŋ pɔɪnt/ a time during an activity or process when an important decision has to be made or when a situation changes completely.

Western Australia is a land of unique landscapes that have created and shaped many diverse communities.

Through this connection to the land, Western Australians are often witness to the early effects of global climate change.

While we have everything we need to slow and ultimately halt this, scientists agree we have reached a tipping point with very little time to avert the most catastrophic consequences.

Across six carefully curated panel discussions, leading Western Australian thinkers will come together to discuss the realities of climate change in our region and the opportunities to accelerate our climate response.

A safe place for compelling conversations — challenge your thinking and broaden your perspectives.

End Game: Adaptation, Regeneration & Strategies for Survival

In our final conversation in the Tipping Point series, we invite panellists to unpack their “endgame” strategies for survival, adaptation and regeneration imagining what we may face over the coming decades in a warming world.

How will our children adapt to a world that is two degrees, three degrees, or four degrees warmer? What MUST our cities look like? What can we do NOW to avoid the most extreme consequences of global warming?

Series curator and facilitator Meri Fatin is joined by CSIRO's Executive Director of Future Industries Kirsten Rose, Nyoongar poet and researcher Dr Cass Lynch and conservationist Jess Beckerling from the WA Forrest Alliance.

In Conversation is held in Hackett Hall under the blue whale. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
A licensed bar is available throughout the event.


Meri Fatin [Facilitator]

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A chance opportunity to bring the chief architect of the Paris Climate Agreement, Christiana Figueres, to Perth in March 2020 has changed Meri Fatin’s life.

Later that year she was guest curator of the TEDxPerth COUNTDOWN: WA Climate Leadership Summit, which led her to founding WA Climate Leaders, driving a vision to inspire big picture action from the State’s decision makers in this critical decade.



Dr Cass Lynch [Panellist]

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Cass Lynch is a writer and researcher living on Whadjuk Noongar Country. She has recently completed a Creative Writing PhD that explores deep memory features of the Noongar oral storytelling tradition; in particular stories that reference the last ice age and the rise in sea level that followed it. She is a descendant of the Noongar people and a student of the Noongar language. She is the co-founder of Woylie Fest, an all-Aboriginal culture-sharing and literature festival, and through the associated Woylie Project she facilitates bringing Noongar stories into print. Her Noongar language haikus, published in Westerly 64.1, won the 2019 Patricia Hackett Prize. Her audio storytelling works have been featured at Perth Festival, Arts House Melbourne, Cool Change Contemporary, and PICA. Other works have been published in Overland, Cordite Poetry Review, Brio Books, Artsource, and Seesaw. Her short story 'Split', a creative impression of deep time Perth, can be found in the UQP publication Flock: First Nations Stories Then and Now. 

Jess Beckerling [Panellist]

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Jess Beckerling has lived in the forests in the South West for the past 23 years. She first became involved in forest conservation in 1997 when she joined the Giblett forest blockade near Pemberton. Jess lived in forest blockade camps for 3 years, winning the State Government's Youth Leadership Award in recognition of her commitment to the maintenance of nonviolence in the camps. Beckerling has been the convener of WAFA since 2011 and was awarded the Conservation Council's Bessie Rischbieth award in 2015 for her commitment over many years to the protection of the environment. As well as forest conservation Jess has played an important role in local conservation issues around Denmark and Walpole. She has a science degree in environmental management and is passionate about environmental activism and smart transitions that solve urgent problems in ways that are equitable and socially sustainable. 

Kirsten Rose [Panellist]

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As Executive Director, Future Industries, Kirsten Rose is a member of the CSIRO Executive Team. In this role, she leads a portfolio that comprises the Agriculture and Food, Health and Biosecurity, Manufacturing, and Services Business Units of CSIRO.

Kirsten is a respected leader in technology and innovation, with a career spanning 30 years in the US, UK and Australia. Prior to joining CSIRO, she was Head of Innovation, Sustainable Operations at BHP, where she had global responsibility for bringing together innovation and technology to drive material improvements in key sustainability-related challenges.

Her previous positions include Director of the Founder Institute, an entrepreneur training and start-up launch program, State Manager for the Australian Institute of Company Directors and CEO of the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia.

Kirsten actively supports the innovation ecosystem through Non-Executive Director and advisory board roles, as well as mentoring, and enjoys helping entrepreneurs commercialise their ideas.

10 Jun | Politics of the Precipice
19 Aug | Feeding a Warming Planet / National Science Week
09 Sept | A Call to Climate Action / In Conversation with Bill Hare
14 Oct | Creative Energy / Reimagining Worlds & Rediscovering Hope in Culture & Arts
11 Nov | Healing Country / NAIDOC Week
09 Dec | End Game / Adaption, Regeneration & Strategies for Survival

Event details for future panels announced soon.