Quarterly Essay: On Politics and Conservation: Tim Flannery
In the clash between money and conservation, money usually wins – with devastating results in a land that tolerates few mistakes. Tim Flannery delivers a wake-up call about the consequences of unrestrained development, in an Australia where we’re now mining our native parks. Instead of seeing our natural resources as currency to be spent or traded, how can we conserve and co-exist with our environment?
Launching his Quarterly Essay, ‘After the Future: Australia’s New Extinction Crisis’, Flannery discusses key points of environmental policy that need urgent attention, and considers the role of governments, the public and individuals in the struggle over the planet’s health. Hosted by Jane Rawson.
Jane Rawson wrote the novel A wrong turn at the Office of Unmade Lists, published by Transit Lounge and shortlisted for an Aurealis Award for science fiction. Ed Wright at the Australian said the book had ‘taken risks with plausibility and triumphed’ while the Adelaide Advertiser’s Patrick Allington said it was ‘one of the stranger debut novels I have read … a wacky mediation on loss and grief, on creativity, on treating the planet badly and making the best of things’.
Tim Flannery has published over thirty books including the award-winning The Future Eaters, The Weather Makers, Atmosphere of Hope and Here on Earth and the novel The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish. In 2005 he was named Australian Humanist of the Year, and in 2007, Australian of the Year.
In 2007 he co-founded and was appointed Chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council. In 2011 he became Australia’s Chief Climate Commissioner, and in 2013 he founded the Australian Climate Council. His current book is Sunlight and Seaweed.