Climate Futures

Climate Futures

Australia's Climate Change & Energy Dilemma - the case for emergency action

Speaker: Ian Dunlop, Director of Australia21
When: Tuesday 11th June 2013, 1.00pm-2.00pm
Location: Biology Tearoom E8A 280

Australia is currently living in a 'Fool's Paradise', ignoring the most critical issues which will impact upon this country in both the short and long term.

Weighty reports are being published on the 'official' future of Australia. Scenarios abound, setting out the implications of differing assumptions for the future of our children and grandchildren. All of which would be laudable were it not for the fact that the critical scenario, of accelerating climate change and energy scarcity, particularly peak oil, is deliberately ignored - apparently too scary for 'political realism' to contemplate.

Whether business or politics like it or not, climate change and energy are going to be the key drivers of policy from now on. However, matters have been allowed to drift for so long that our climate change and energy dilemma can only now be solved by emergency action.

Australia has enormous ingenuity, low-carbon resources and opportunities, but only if we are honest about the real challenge and initiate our own emergency response.

Bio: Ian Dunlop is a former international oil, gas and coal industry executive.  He chaired the Australian Coal Association in 1987-88, chaired the Australian Greenhouse Office Experts Group on Emissions Trading from 1998-2000 and was CEO of the Australian Institute of Company Directors from 1997-2001.  He is a Director of Australia21, Chairman of Safe Climate Australia, a Member of the Club of Rome and Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development.

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