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Can we conquer climate change?

Written By
Elise Brown
Digital Content Consultant

Tim Jarvis will teach us how

On June 5 our event, Limitless: The Other Side of Impossible, will finally be here! Over the last few weeks we’ve been rolling out our list of incredible speakers including:

  • Chris Helder who’ll be working on changing our mindset
  • Samantha Gash, endurance athlete and social advocate
  • Dr. Vanessa Pirotta, a pioneer in the use of emerging technologies for whale conservation and;
  • Dr. Han Lin, who’ll talk about the unlimited potential of graphene.
  • Kylie Walker, whose passion for gender equality is smashing stereotypes

One of our final speaker profiles is Tim Jarvis, environmental scientist, explorer, author and filmmaker. Who’s using his experience in Antarctica to show how we can conquer climate change. It’s the final days so buy your tickets now to avoid disappointment!

Not content to talk, Tim is a firm believer in actions.  And his passion for saving the planet means he’s putting his money where his mouth is. It feels overwhelming when we think about the environment and the devastation that’s occurring across the Earth. Oceans swamped by plastic, entire forests flattened, millions of tons of toxic waste poured into the world’s water each year and up to one million species of plants and animals threatened with extinction. You would not be remiss to think, but what can I do?

That’s why Tim’s approach is so hopeful, because it is in fact not hopeful. Rather he’s committed to finding pragmatic solutions to major environmental issues, especially climate change and biodiversity loss. Instead of focusing on the big picture, he is task orientated. Understanding the task and using outcome-focused goal setting to achieve a result. If we tackle the problem in bite sized chunks, we are less likely to get overwhelmed. We can push past the limits of our own individual capability to contribute to the greater good.

Tim was a globetrotter before he was ever an explorer, he spent his childhood growing up in Asia and emigrated to Australia from the UK in 1997. Along the way he’s completed a Geomorphology degree, an Environmental Science Masters and an Environmental Law Masters. To say he’s qualified to educate us about the environment would be an understatement.

His two decades of exploring has allowed him to see the effects of climate change first hand. He’s journeyed to some of the world’s most remote locations including the South Pole, the high Arctic and across Australia’s largest desert, the Great Victoria. It was while he recreated the footsteps of Ernest Shackleton (a prominent British explorer in the early 20th century) across the island of South Georgia that Tim discovered how far climate change’s effects had reached. Expecting to find glaciers, Tim and his companions instead had to wade across lakes of meltwater. This realisation is what pushed him to think beyond his own limits. Inspired by Shackleton’s leadership qualities, Tim is determined to help others see what he saw that day. To  help people take action. To make seemingly impossible changes happen. Who better than the TEDxMelbourne audience to speak to. By sharing his ideas with our community who will then go on to share them beyond the audience limits is exactly why TEDxMelbourne exist. Tim himself admits it ‘didn’t take much persuading’ to encourage him to speak this year.

Tim will continue to explore his own limits in 2019. He plans to continue to make films whilst speaking and writing around the world. Using his experience on expeditions to some of the world’s most remote places to raise awareness of environmental issues and their solutions. As part of his 25zero project he’ll be continuing to climb peaks along the equator to raise awareness of climate change. He’ll also be reforesting a 53ha block of degraded pastoral land in South Australia as part of the Forktree Project.

Join us for a night of challenging conversation, inspiration, great music, entertainment from Future Crunch and more. Check out our amazing prices (discounts available for students and big groups) and get your tickets now! To stay in the loop for announcements, follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

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Written By
Elise Brown
Digital Content Consultant

Content and Campaign Consultant based in Melbourne. Specialising in making the complex simple. Currently working in financial services.

Image of Elise, TEDx Melbourne writer
Written By
Elise Brown
Digital Content Consultant

Content and Campaign Consultant based in Melbourne. Specialising in making the complex simple. Currently working in financial services.