The ACTS Conference is Australasia’s longest running sustainability event developed for the sector, by the sector.
The annual ACTS Conference is the longest running sustainability event developed by the sector, for the sector. In 2020 we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the conference and its continued success as a platform for collaborative learning, transformative thinking and networking for sustainability practitioners, educators, researchers, students and cross-sector partners.
This year the conference returns to the beautiful city of Hobart to be hosted by the University of Tasmania on the 18 – 20 November 2020. The 3 day program will feature a wide range of learning and knowledge sharing opportunities: plenary sessions; inspirational case study presentations; site tours, and; facilitated networking events.
Climate Action Now!
There is no denying it. We are in the midst of a climate crisis, which is accelerating faster than most scientists anticipated. As greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise and disrupt the planet’s natural systems, the climate is changing at unprecedented rates and we are experiencing the impacts firsthand; extreme temperatures, longer drought, intensifying bushfires, dying coral reefs and much more. This is the reality of anthropogenic climate change and the future we will pass on to generations to come.
There are positive steps being taken to decarbonise our economy, fast-track sustainable technology and innovations, and convert high-polluting industries. But we need more ambitious plans and immediate action to transform global society in order to mitigate climate change, stem the wave of mass extinctions, and create a just and equitable future for all.
Every element of society has a vital part to play – educational institutions included. Educators, researchers and community leaders have a responsibility to champion sustainable development and shape a motivated generation of citizens with the knowledge, capabilities and skills to overcome the critical environmental, economic and socio-political challenges we face. They must continue to collaborate and build capacity throughout all sectors in order to foster greater awareness and inspire wide-spread action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). And most importantly of all, it must be done NOW.
The ACTS Conference 2020: Climate Action Now will provide the opportunity for practitioners, students and cross-sector partners working in all areas of sustainability to foster collaborative learning and exchange ideas on climate action and sustainable development. Working together, we can all can strengthen contributions towards real and meaningful solutions for a better world.