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The Future of Socialism
If we maintain our current capitalist system, we will ensure the collapse of our natural environment … and of human civilisation, argues Paul Adler. The only way to save ourselves, according to Adler, is by adopting democratic socialism.
Adler is a business management professor at the University of Southern California, and the author of The 99 Percent Economy: How Democratic…
Fathoms: Exploring the World in the Whale
Blue whale voices have dropped the equivalent of three white keys on the piano in recent years. Why? What role have humans played in this and other changes to the lives of these mysterious and charismatic creatures? And how has our understanding of – and interaction with – whales been affected by technology?
The new book by Rebecca Giggs, Fathoms:…
Greener Pastures: Finding meaning in the great outdoors
From the Yellow Sea to Yucatán to Country – this selection from the archives is a journey through the outdoors. These pieces view nature through a lens of technology, art, design and communication – or consider landscape as character, antagonist and deity.
Books and Ideas at Montalto: Alice Bishop
As Australia reels from the trauma of devastating, unprecedented bushfires, many of us have been left searching for the language to process the grief and trauma of what’s been lost – and what the future might look like.
In recent years, writers have tried to articulate some of the questions that remain in the wake of a disaster, and in…
The Wheeler Centre
How on Earth: Christiana Figueres and Ross Garnaut on Climate Solutions Now
Christiana Figueres and Ross Garnaut at the Wheeler Centre
Christiana Figueres, the architect of the 2015 Paris Agreement, sees the 2020s as a critical moment of opportunity – the ‘golden decade’ – in the future of our species and our planet.
Earlier this year, the former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change said: ‘If we do the right thing this decade, we can continue to design the future but if we don’t, we are really condemned to a world of increasing destruction, conflict and pain ... It is a golden ten years in the history of humankind.’
In this episode, Figueres is joined by distinguished Australian climate economist Ross Garnaut. With his new book, Superpower, about energy economics in Australia, Garnaut brings a message of optimism, opportunity and urgency, too. ‘We have unparalleled renewable energy resources,’ he has written. ‘We also have the necessary scientific skills.’
After the chaos and failure of the Copenhagen talks in 2009, Figueres spearheaded a historic agreement of 196 nations at Paris – an achievement few believed was possible. Garnaut has been a household name in Australia since his prescient report on the economics of climate change to the Commonwealth Parliament in 2008.
Hear these two peerless heavyweights in conversation as they discuss reasons for hope and roadmaps for change, with host Andrew Wear.
Looking for an Auslan-interpreted version? Check out the video.
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Bob Brown: Australia Ablaze
The bushfires that raged across the country this summer have caused environmental and economic damage that will be felt for years to come. In Canberra, they have ignited a frenzy of finger-pointing in every direction.
In this Fifth Estate discussion, Sally Warhaft talks with environmentalist and former Greens leader Bob Brown about the ecological, political and economic implications of this urgent and ongoing national issue.
Having served for 16 years in the Australian Senate, does Brown believe a lasting shift in public mood and policy is now possible? What are the short-term and long-term priorities in the federal bushfire response?
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