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 writes novels, essays and stories, mostly about climate change and animals. Her latest novel is From the Wreck. She lives in Tasmania's Huon Valley and works for a conservation organisation.
Tim Flannery is a scientist, an explorer, a conservationist and a leading writer on climate change. He has held various academic positions including visiting Professor in Evolutionary and Organismic Biology at Harvard University, Director of the South Australian Museum, Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Museum, Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne, and Panasonic Professor of Environmental Sustainability, Macquarie University. His books include the award-winning international bestseller The Weather Makers, Here on Earth and Atmosphere of Hope. Flannery was the 2007 Australian of the Year. He is currently chief councillor of the Climate Council.