Sunburnt Country: The History and Future of Climate Change in Australia


Sunburnt Country: The History and Future of Climate Change in Australia - Evaluation Report

Dr Joëlle Gergis presented her work and associated book to 175 people on the night. The book was also available at the event with Joëlle signing copies and discussing the implications of her work with participants. It was a successful event and thanks to Joëlle for coming to the ANU.

What was Australia’s climate like before official weather records began? How do scientists use tree-rings, ice cores and tropical corals to retrace the past? What do Indigenous seasonal calendars reveal? And what do settler diary entries about rainfall, droughts, bushfires and snowfalls tell us about natural climate cycles?

Dr Joëlle Gergis will be in Canberra to discuss her new book, Sunburnt Country. The book pieces together Australia’s climate history for the first time. It uncovers a continent long vulnerable to climate extremes and variability. It gives 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.

Sunburnt Country highlights the impact of a warming planet on Australian lifestyles and ecosystems and the power we all have to shape future life on Earth.

Dr Gergis will give a presentation on the key themes of the the book, followed by discussion with Assoc Prof Nerilie Abram and audience Q&A.

About Dr Joëlle Gergis

Dr Joëlle Gergis is an award-winning climate scientist and writer from the University of Melbourne.

Participants were asked to provide feedback via online or paper evaulation forms. The results of the evaulation is accessed here.