Tourism Industry Coincil Tasmania

Dr. Jess Melbourne-Thomas

Tasmania's Climate Future

Our T21 Recovery Plan outlines a clear aspiration for Tasmania to be one of the world's first truly carbon-neutral visitor destinations, and a destination renowned for its commitment to environmental sustainability.

Before COVID we were all shocked by the ferocity of the summer bushfires across Australia.

While COVID may stop being such a dominant thing in our day-to-day lives, Climate Change will continue to threaten our environment, our tourism industry, and our way of life.

Tasmania's 2020 Australian of the Year, Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas, is one of Australia's leading young climate scientists.

Jess is going to speak passionately, directly and with authority on why Climate Change matters to all of us - and why leadership from the Tourism Industry is so important.

About Jess

Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas is a Transdisciplinary Researcher and Knowledge Broker with CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere. Her research background is in mathematical modelling and Antarctic climate change science and she was a Lead Author for the recent IPCC Special Report on the Oceans & Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.

Jess co-founded the Homeward Bound project, which took the largest ever all female expedition on a leadership journey to Antarctica in 2016.

She was one of Australia’s first 30 Superstars of STEM and was named Tasmania's Young Tall Poppy of the Year in 2015 for her excellence in research, science communication and policy engagement.

Jess was the 2020 Tasmanian Australian of the Year.