Climate Change and its impact on Animals and Wildlife

See you there


February 09, 2021 at 3:00pm - 4pm


Online (zoom)


James Mack, VfCA volunteer

Who's coming along

Climate Change and its impact on Animals and Wildlife

** Prof Mark Howden will host our June 2023 Masterclass  - How our changing climate is impacting animals and their carers: adaptive responses for the veterinary profession. Sign up here! **


Veterinarians for Climate Action (VfCA) are delighted to announce the return of Professor Mark Howden and Professor Lesley Hughes, both pre-eminent speakers on climate change for an exclusive webinar.

Designed for staff & members of zoos, sanctuaries and animal welfare organisations this new webinar expands on the previous webinars for the veterinary profession by discussing the broader implications of climate change on animals under care and in the wild.

Join Professor Mark Howden, a professor of climate science at ANU who will provide a framework for the webinar by presenting the latest Australian climate statistics. Australia has already warmed by 1.4°C and is causing some severe impacts as we saw in the black summer bushfires.

Then Professor Lesley Hughes, professor and zoologist at Macquarie University will outline the impacts these changes are having on wildlife, marine animals, livestock and pets.

If you want the latest factual information, and want to know what the future may hold, please come to the webinar.

Who should attend:
This webinar has been designed to be inclusive and accessible to anyone involved in animal care or welfare. There are no limits on attendees per organisation and we would like to encourage as many people as possible to join live to ask questions of our two expert speakers.

Webinar Recording:
This webinar will be recorded and shared after the event so anyone who is unable to attend can watch at a time convenient to them.

• 15:00 AEDT - VfCA Welcome & Acknowledgement
• 15:05 AEDT – Climate Statistics and Policy Updates (Professor Mark Howden)
• 15:25 AEDT - How Climate Change Impacts Animals (Professor Lesley Hughes)
• 15:45 AEDT – Q&A with speakers
• 16:00 AEDT – Webinar Ends

About Professor Lesley Hughes:
Professor Lesley Hughes is a Distinguished Professor of Biology and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Integrity & Development) at Macquarie University. Her research has mainly focused on the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems. She is a former federal Climate Commissioner and former Lead Author in the IPCC’s 4th and 5th Assessment Report. She is a founding Councillor with the Climate Council of Australia, a Director for WWF Australia, and a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists.
About Professor Mark Howden:
Professor Mark Howden is Director of the Climate Change Institute at the Australian National University. He is also an
Honorary Professor at Melbourne University, a Vice Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and a
member of the Australian National Climate Science Advisory Committee. He was on the US Federal Advisory Committee for the 3rd National Climate Assessment and contributes to several major national and international science and policy advisory bodies.