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Tuesday 29th Dec 09

9.45am -11.15am  Climate Change: the science and the politics with Prof Ian Lowe, Senator Christine Milne, Prof Clive Hamilton and Chair Sandy McCutcheon

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Prof Ian Lowe writes, "The warnings from scientists are urgent and unequivocal: our civilisation is unwittingly stepping in front of an ecological lorry ...." This outstanding panel will discuss the realities, opportunities and politics of Climate Change.

Senator Christine Milne

Senator Christine Milne, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson on climate change, was elected to represent Tasmania in 2004. She served as Leader of the Tasmanian Greens from 1993-1998. Christine was appointed to the United Nations Environment Programme's Global 500 Roll of Honour in 1990.

Professor Ian Lowe

Pre-eminent scientist and environmentalist Professor Ian Lowe AO, is President of Australian Conservation Foundation. He is recipient of many awards and has authored many publications. Recently an expanded and revised edition of one of his books A Big Fix has been published.

Clive Hamilton

After many years at The Australia Institute, Clive is now professor of public ethics, based at the ANU. His books include Growth Fetish, Affluenza (with Richard Denniss) and The Freedom Paradox: Towards a post-secular ethics. His forthcoming book on climate change -- Requiem for a Species is due out 1st March.

Sandy McCutcheon

Sandy is a playwright and best selling author. He is currently working on his 13th novel.

12.00noon Spirituality - the Quadruple Bottom Line with Prof Sohail Inayatullah

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Amidst the doom and gloom of the global financial crisis and terrorism, Sohail Inayatullah will explore positive possibilities such as developments and research in spirituality and the quadruple bottom line, peer-to-peer networks, city foresight/design and the viral nature of happiness.

Professor Sohail Inayatullah

Professor Sohail Inayatullah holds a number of academic positions with Tamkang University, Taiwan and the University of the Sunshine Coast. He continues to be in great demand worldwide and has authored 29 books, journals special issues and cd roms. Sohail has held countless ‘foresight workshops' with major business, political and community groups around the globe.

1.00pm Overloading Australia with Mark O'Connor

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Australia's population now grows at nearly 2% a year, some 8 times the average for industrial countries. We are heading for well over 100 million Australians by 2100. Author of Overloading Australia Mark O'Connor argues that conservation must include a plan to cap population.

Mark O'Connor

Mark is a well known environmental poet and activist. Mark's latest book is Overloading Australia: How governments and media dither and deny on population.

2.00pm Production, Consumption and Climate Change with Dr. Hans Baer

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Climate change is in a large part a by-product of the global capitalism. Anthropologist/author Dr Hans Baer argues that effective mitigation will require an alternative global system based upon social justice and environmental sustainability.

Dr. Hans Baer

Dr Hans Baer is a world leader in global warming research and the political ecology of health. Join Dr Baer for his interpretation of the health effects that we will experience with the increased development of global warming.

3.00pm-4.30pm Can humankind make the change? with Prof Sohail Inayatullah, Prof Clive Hamilton, Dr Patricia Kelly, Prof Ian Lowe

 

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Professor Ian Lowe is the participating host for a challenging discussion with Prof Sohail Inayatullah, Prof Clive Hamilton and Dr Patricia Kelly. Can human beings make the changes we need to survive the 21st Century?

Clive Hamilton

After many years at The Australia Institute, Clive is now professor of public ethics, based at the ANU. His books include Growth Fetish, Affluenza (with Richard Denniss) and The Freedom Paradox: Towards a post-secular ethics. His forthcoming book on climate change -- Requiem for a Species is due out 1st March.

Dr. Patricia Kelly

An education consultant at several Australian universities Patricia's background includes teaching, drama, media, education and cross-cultural education. She is interested in transformative education and the qualities needed to create futures we would be happy for our grandchildren to live in. Her book Towards Globo Sapiens: was published in 2008.

Professor Ian Lowe

Pre-eminent scientist and environmentalist Professor Ian Lowe AO, is President of Australian Conservation Foundation. He is recipient of many awards and has authored many publications. Recently an expanded and revised edition of one of his books A Big Fix has been published.

Professor Sohail Inayatullah

Professor Sohail Inayatullah holds a number of academic positions with Tamkang University, Taiwan and the University of the Sunshine Coast. He continues to be in great demand worldwide and has authored 29 books, journals special issues and cd roms. Sohail has held countless ‘foresight workshops' with major business, political and community groups around the globe.

4.30pm-5.30pm Cuba - Back to the Future with Dr. David Wyatt

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Is Cuba a model for a resilient and sustainable future? Based on a recent five week study tour this slide presentation explores Cuban sustainability including agriculture, transport, education, energy, water, social change and politics.

Dr David Wyatt

Chairman of ASX-listed banana veneer company, Papyrus Australia Ltd and Adjunct Professor at UQ Business School, David bridges the world's of social and environmental enterprise and activism.

 
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