In the face of extreme weather events, coordinated global action to address climate change is needed
Dr Marlene Kanga analyzes the increasingly extreme weather events in Australia, underlining the urgency to act on climate and calling for immediate coordinated global action to tackle the most crucial existential challenge of our time.Scientists and engineers know the causes of climate change and are developing solutions to address these, including the transition to a low-carbon future. However, in many countries, including Australia, there has been a reluctance to take action to address climate change for years. This changed with the election of a new government and the passage of the Climate Change Bill 2022, which has national targets of cutting greenhouse emissions by at least 43% by 2030, reaching net zero by 2050.
Dr Kanga is the Non-Executive Director at Standards Australia, Airservices Australia, Sydney Water, and BESydney, and is an ISC Fellow. She was President of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), 2017-2019, with 100+ national/continental members, representing 30+ million engineers.