Former Director of Preparedness & Mobilisation, Australian Department of Defence
Cheryl Durrant is the Former Director of Preparedness and Mobilisation, Australian Department of Defence. In this capacity Cheryl led the climate risk scenario development for the Australian Interdepartmental Secretaries’ Group on Climate Risk and she was also the Defence partner with the Australian National Resilience Taskforce’s Disaster Vulnerability Profiling Project. Cheryl previously led the Australian Department of Defence’s Global Change and Energy Sustainability Initiative and established the Office of the Defence Climate and Security Adviser. She was the lead author of the Defence Energy Integration Framework and for the Departments Submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Implications of Climate Change for Australia’s National Security. She has been instrumental in raising climate security and energy sustainability awareness across Australian Government agencies. Prior to her civilian career, Cheryl served 15 years with the Australian Army, specialising in strategic intelligence, information operations and domestic security.
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With some of our closest allies already acting on climate security risks, Australia is being left behind. We call on the Australian Government to urgently undertake a comprehensive Whole-of-Nation Climate and Security Risk Assessment.
Former Director of Preparedness and Mobilisation, Australian Department of Defence
As ex-Service members and experienced practitioners of national and international security, we recognise that climate change is a fundamental threat to all Australians.
Admiral Chris Barrie (RETD)
Former Chief of the Defence Force
The first duty of Government must be the safety and security of its citizens. Today, the Government is failing to address the growing impacts of climate change and therefore failing to protect its own people.
Air Vice-Marshal John Blackburn (RETD)
Former Deputy Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force
This critical review is a key step to fill the major strategic gap that currently exists in Australia. It is only through understanding the risks posed by climate change that we can then mitigate these clear and present dangers.
Major Michael Thomas (RETD)
Former Major in the Australian Army
It is only through fully understanding the degree of risks posed by climate change that we can form sound solutions to match the speed and scale of the crisis.