Rob Gell Speech Topics
Rob presents using Apple's Keynote3 program and combines his scientific knowledge, his skill as a communicator and a visual package second to none to deliver the key messages in climate change and it's impacts, biodiversity issues, resource management and the path to Ecologically Sustainable Development. Because of his extensive experience and depth of knowledge Rob is able to tailor his presentations specifically to the assignment. Rob Gell’s speaking topics include:
"Welcome To the New World"
Changing weather patterns, bigger droughts, fires and flood, issues around water availability, concern over the price of oil, human impacts on the natural world and concerns about the planet's capacity to support us are the conversations of the ‘New World'. This visually graphic presentation will challenge our conventional thinking and investigate the new opportunities we will need to both understand and operate to in coming years. The concept of sustainability is now part of everyday dialogue, but what does a sustainable future really mean? How far beyond "business as usual" will we need to move in order to leave a planetary inheritance we would be truly proud of?
"Business As Usual Or Sustainable Business"
Examines the three key sustainability issues facing us today; resource consumption, biodiversity loss and climate shift. Ecological footprint analysis shows that we are now living off nature's capital not nature's interest and that the unsustainable use of resources, continuing loss of biological diversity coupled with rapid climate change is putting economy-supporting ecosystems at risk. What are our options for future sustainable development?
Climate Shift - The Science, Current Impacts and Options For The Future
Is our climate really changing? Where's the evidence - how do we know? Aren't there two sides to this story - who's saying what? Will there be impacts on business - are there opportunities too? What are our options and how quickly should we respond? The Stern Report, Garnaut, CPRS and other targets for emissions reductions.
Natural Capital, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
These three concepts fundamentally underpin our economy and all are at risk. The State of the Environment Report suggests that there's a lot to be done. Vegetation management and landscape reconstruction programs must be developed at scale if we are to maintain our biological diversity in the face of climate change. Can we protect our environment and continue to enjoy our high quality of life?
Water, Energy & Waste: The Keys to Sustainable Development
The current drought has driven a new focus on water conservation in the home and in business. Should water be our focus? Is there enough? What are our prospects for supporting our growing population? What are our technological options in recycling and reuse? How is water linked to energy and waste? Where are the opportunities to develop smarter systems for water management.
Other recent speech titles:
- Designing Towards Zero Carbon Environments (Arup Client Forum, London, November, 2006)
An examination of the built environment and the opportunities that exist in building construction and city planning to manage climate change. Tackles the question "is carbon neutral enough?"
- Weather Report: 2050 (originally for the International Landcare Conference, Melbourne, October 2006 but updated for many other presentations.) A backcasting exercise which takes us to the year 2049, looks back at the first decades of this century and changes that occurred in our weather and climate and finally provides a forecast for the first months of 2050.
- Sustainable 2050 (Keynote to Municipal Association Showcase Forum, Bendigo, August 2006)
- Australia's Coast: 2050 ("Coast to Coast" -National Coastal Conference, Melbourne, May 2006)
- Science, Communications and the Media (Annual Crosbie Morrison Lecture to Museum of Victoria 2005) Examines the role of the media in presenting the key issues facing the global community: sport, politics, economics and growth or science, technology, health and climate change.
- Environmental Management for Schools - Australian School Bursars Association Annual Conference, Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, October 2005
- Water Sustainability for Industry - Plastics and Chemical Industry Association Annual Conference, Sydney, June 2005
- Weather, Natural Disasters and Greenhouse Theory
- Water: Issues and Opportunities
- Sustainable Futures