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Tim Flannery's "call to arms" at Sydney Ideas


24 September 2008

It's now or never for combatting climate change, according to Flannery. Photo: Adam Bruzzone.
It's now or never for combatting climate change, according to Flannery. Photo: Adam Bruzzone.

Leading environmentalist Tim Flannery will give his verdict on what can be done to counteract climate change in a "call to arms" lecture to be held at the University of Sydney this Monday, 29 September, 2008.

In this exclusive Sydney Ideas lecture titled "Now or Never", based on his recently published "Quarterly Essay" Now or Never: A Sustainable Future of Australia?(Black Inc), Flannery will canvass three potential solutions to one of the most pressing issues of our time - climate change.

He will also discuss why Australia - a country Flannery has described as the "worst of the worst" of climate change offenders - has special responsibility to act on climate change. He believes Prime Minister Kevin Rudd could be a critical player internationally on this issue, particularly in the Copenhagen climate change talks of December 2009, as long as swift and effective action is taken and sharp emission cuts are made.

"The truth is that the issue is so complex, yet so urgent, that we have no choice but to learn on the job," argues the 2007 Australian of the Year of the necessity to act promptly.

In this Sydney Ideas lecture, which will be held on the eve of the release of the Final Report of the Government's Garnaut Climate Change Review, Flannery will discuss how sustainability can possibly be achieved in the 21st century and why developing "clean coal" technology is a necessity for the future. The star of the new ABC-TV documentary series Two In the Top End will also give his views on whether or not humanity will be able to rise to this most important challenge.

Tim Flannery is an international leader in climate change and has published many scientific papers and more than a dozen books including the best-selling The Weather Makers, Throwim Way Leg and An Explorer's Notebook. He is the former director of the South Australian Museum and is currently a Professor at Sydney's Macquarie University. In 2002, he became the first environmentalist to deliver the Australia Day address to the nation and today chairs the Copenhagen Climate Council and is Australian vice-chairman of The Climate Group.

This Sydney Ideas lecture is co-presented with the University of Sydney's Institute for Sustainable Solutions. Flannery will be introduced to the Sydney Ideas stage by Professor Mark Adams, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

Event details:

What: Now or Never- Tim Flannery at Sydney Ideas, the University of Sydney's international public lecture series

When: 6.30pm on Monday, 29 September, 2008

Where: Seymour Theatre Centre, Cnr of Cleveland St and City Road, the University of Sydney

Cost: $25/$20 concession. A limited number of free tickets are available at the Seymour Theatre Box office. Please bring photo ID.

Bookings: 02 9351 7940 oronline

Coming up at Sydney Ideas - David Marr on the Henson Case

Award-winning author, commentator and journalist David Marr will launch into one of the most controversial debates of the year at a Sydney Ideas lecture on Monday, 13 October, 2008. In this lecture titled "The Henson Case: Art and Panic", Marr will discuss how a collection of photographs taken by Bill Henson has shaped artistic and cultural discourse in this country.


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