Climate change is a complex subject. While the best scientific evidence points to a clear threat to the future of humanity, the political and public responses to this challenge have been relatively weak. Many institutions accept that climate change is real but are waiting for signals from governments before making long-term investments in measures to address the threats. Meanwhile, powerful forces, notably the polluting industries and fossil fuel sector, have deep vested interests in maintaining business-as-usual. In industrialized countries, many people would rather believe that climate change is not real than accept that their lives must change to meet the threats.
As the climate changes, Papua New Guinea will likely experience increased cyclone and storm damage, land and coastal flooding, higher risks of landslides, drought, frost conditions, salt water intrusion, and hazardous seas among other effects. With more than 80 percent of the population living in rural areas and dependent on subsistence agriculture, Papua New Guinea is exceptionally vulnerable to changing climatic conditions.
Faced with divergent views, the School of Science and Technology of the University of Goroka is hosting a climate change conference scheduled from 11th to 13th September 2018, and is seeking expressions of interest in participation.
The conference theme is “Climate Change: our environment, livelihoods, and sustainability”
The conference will be held at the University of Goroka located in the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. Goroka is famous for the annual Goroka Show in September and is 1600m above sea level, blessed with a very pleasant, cool climate all year round. It is also one of the closest major towns to Mt. Wilhelm, the highest summit in the country.