Humanitarian specialist to speak at CDU Open Day 

Humanitarian expert, Dan Baschiera will discuss the implications for humanitarianism in the climate change debate as part of CDU's Casuarina Open Day

With an alarming rise in natural disasters occurring worldwide, the need has never been greater for a change in ideology consistent with global climatic conditions, according to a leading humanitarian expert.

Lecturer in Humanitarian Studies with Charles Darwin University, Dan Baschiera will present an eye-opening expose on the growing humanitarian need worldwide during CDU’s upcoming Casuarina Open Day.

Mr Baschiera said an immediate change in thinking was required if people and policy makers were going to tackle climate change and proactively mitigate the humanitarian disasters it would create.

“To tackle global warming we need a change of thinking,” he said.

“Humanitarianism is concerned that a lack of a critical analysis on our social selves is humanities’ greatest weakness.

“This is the key but latent element in the climate change debate.”

Having spent three weeks leading a large meningitis inoculation campaign in Niger, west Africa earlier this year, Mr Baschiera said decision makers had to realise the need for economic growth to come second to environmental prosperity and people.

Mr Baschiera will present his talk at 12.45pm in the Mal Nairn Auditorium as a part of CDU Open Day festivities, which will run from 10am to 3pm on Sunday, 28 August 2011.

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