Mick Dark talk for the future: Dr Joelle Gergis

Concerned about current conversations around climate? The 2019 Mick Dark Talk for the Future is your chance to hear a presentation from an internationally recognised expert on climate variability and change, Dr Joelle Gergis.

Co-presented by Varuna the National Writers' House and the Blue Mountains Conservation Society, the Mick Dark Talk for the Future is an annual address on the environment, inviting prominent and authoritative thinkers to discuss their work on subjects that provoke and inspire.

Dr Gergis wrote Sunburnt Country: The future and history of climate change in Australia. She is a councillor of the Climate Council, Australia's leading independent body, which provides expert advice on climate change and policy.

Sunburnt Country offers an unparalleled perspective on how human activities have altered climate patterns and what climate change looks like in our own backyard.

A previous speaker at Blue Mountains Writers' Festival, Dr Gergis returns to discuss topics such as what Australia's climate was like before official weather records began, how scientists use indicators in nature to retrace climate trends, and our continent's ancient vulnerability to climate extremes and variability.

Veechi Stuart, executive director of Varuna, said Dr Gergis speaks with clarity about the climate crisis.

"It is a privilege to hear about her work, and how scientists are using tree-rings, ice cores, tropical corals and Indigenous seasonal calendars to reveal insights into Australia's natural climate cycles."

The Talk for the Future is held in honour of the late Mick Dark, who gave Varuna, his family home, to the writers of Australia. An active member of the Blue Mountains Conservation Society, this flagship event evolved from his life-long passion for conservation, and provides a platform for informed conversations on the key topics of our time.

The event is at Wentworth Falls School of Arts, 217-219 Great Western Highway, Wentworth Falls on Friday November 15. It starts at 6.30pm with refreshments. Dr Gergis' talk will commence at 7.15pm sharp, and there will be an opportunity for a Q and A session following the talk. Tickets: $15/$12. This event is suitable for all ages. Tickets online from TryBooking www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=558640

The event is supported by Lyttleton Stores Cooperative, the Big Fix, Science at the Local and the Blue Mountains Food Co-op. More info: www.varuna.com.au or call 4782 5674.