SEI News: Co-Director David Schlosberg to chair Sydney Writers’ Festival panel

‘TS Eliot wrote that the world would end “not with a bang but a whimper”. But according to climate scientists, our fate will be sealed by steadily rising temperatures and sea levels.’

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Sydney Environment Institute co-director David Schlosberg has been invited to chair the upcoming Sydney Writer’s Festival event: ‘Climate Change: A Hastening Catastrophe’, featuring climate scientist Joëlle Gergis and authors Jeff Goodell and Tony Birch.

The event, to be held at the Seymour Centre 11.30am on Friday May 4, sees some of the festival’s most distinguished guests come together to discuss climate action, why it continues despite decades of research, and what we can do to stem the hastening catastrophe.

This is David’s second appearance at the Festival, which hosts ‘some of the world’s most curious and compassionate writers… from local and international contemporary novelists, screenwriters, musicians and writers of cutting-edge nonfiction, to some of the world’s leading public intellectuals, scientists and journalists’.

About the Panel

Dr Joëlle Gergis is an award-winning climate scientist and writer from the University of Melbourne. She lives between the Northern Rivers region of NSW and Melbourne.

Jeff Goodell’s most recent book is The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World, which was a New York Times Critics’ top book of 2017. He is a Contributing Editor at Rolling Stoneand the author of five previous books, including How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate, which won the 2011 Grantham Prize Award of Special Merit, as well as Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future. As a commentator on energy and climate issues, Goodell has appeared on NPR, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Tony Birch is the author of five books: Shadowboxing (2006), Father’s Day(2009), Blood (2011), The Promise (2014) and Ghost River (2015). His new book, Common People will be released in August, 2017. He is currently the Bruce McGuinness Research Fellow at Victoria University. He is the fourth Indigenous Writer in Residence at South Coast Writers Centre, 2017.

The Sydney Writers Festival runs from 30 April – 06 May 2018. More information here.