After the devastating bushfires of last summer, it is clear that Australia needs an evidence-based policy response to the range of emerging threats posed by environmental change. We welcome the Prime Minister’s comments earlier in 2020 on the need to focus on resilience and adaptation for all Australians—and argue it must be done in a substantive, inclusive, community-based manner.

Future Earth Australia, in partnership with the Sydney Environment Institute (University of Sydney) and the Institute for Culture and Society (Western Sydney University), is bringing experts from research, business, practice, decision making and communities together to look forward and set out a clear agenda for climate adaptation as we reduce our emissions. Adaptation and resilience must be undertaken with respect to enabling a just transition to climate sustainability for all Australians.

The Summit will be hosted in interactive webinar format via Zoom. We welcome you to bring questions for the speakers and panels through the Q&A function.

Registration is free, but we also welcome donations to Future Earth Australia to enable it to continue its important work of convening collaboration between sectors, experts and communities on our Nation’s most significant sustainability challenges.

View the full program here!

About Earth Day 2021 Celebrations

What is Earth Day?

Earth Day marks the birth of the modern environmental movement. On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans (10% of the total population of the United States) took to their streets, parks and auditoriums to call for a healthier, more sustainable treatment of the environment. Individual groups fighting against air and water pollution, fossil fuels, land clearing, soil erosion, the loss of biodiversity and the extinction of wildlife; all united on Earth Day around their shared common values. On this day in 1970, Earth Day achieved a rare political alignment with grassroots values which spear-headed policy change throughout the United States.

Learn more about the history of Earth Day here

'Restore Our Earth' 2021 Theme

Since 1990, Earth Day has since been celebrated across the globe, with 2021 marking the 51st anniversary of its mission to drive ‘transformative change for people and the planet’. This year's theme, Restore Our Earth, reminds us that as we return to normal, we can't go back to business-as-usual.