Climate Change Crusader & 2007 Australian of the Year
Dr Flannery is one of Australia's best-known scientists as well as being one of our best-selling writers. He is a mammalogist, palaeontologist, and environmental and global warming activist. Tim's work, which includes a number of major discoveries, has received international acclaim from both peers and professionals. His views are often provocative, both intellectually and socially.
Tim was named Australian of the Year in 2007 and is a professor at Macquarie University. He is also the chairman of the Copenhagen Climate Council, an international climate change awareness group.
His controversial views on shutting down conventional coal fired power stations for electricity generation in the medium term are frequently cited in the media.
In 1984, Flannery earned a doctorate at the University of New South Wales for his work on the evolution of macropods. Prior to this, he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree (1977) at La Trobe University and a masters degree in earth sciences at Monash University. He holds bachelor degrees in English and Earth Science, a doctorate in Palaeontology, and has contributed to over 90 scientific papers.
Tim Flannery is on a mission. He believes that human activity is drastically altering the earth's climate, and that before too long these changes will have a devastating effect on life on this planet. He wants to mobilize the social and political will to address this problem before it's too late.
Tim Flannery's book, The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth, which debuted on The New York Times bestseller list, tells the fascinating story of climate change over millions of years to help us understand the predicament we face today.
In his book, Flannery uses authoritative yet accessible language to carefully lay out the science, demonstrating the substantial, human-induced climate change and the likely ecological effects to the planet if this process continues. He then proposes a game plan to halt, and ultimately reverse, this damaging trend. The Weather Makers has sold over a million copies worldwide, and is proving to be one of the most pivotal and influential texts in our understanding of global warming.
Tim Flannery is the former director of the South Australian Museum, and is currently a professor at Sydney's Macquarie University. He spent a year as professor of Australian Studies at Harvard, where he taught in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. In 2002, he became the first environmentalist to deliver The Australia Day address to the nation. In 2005 he was honored as Australian Humanist of the Year and, in 2007, he was named Australian of the Year. In 2010 he was the curator of the Deakin Lecture Series at Copenhagen.
A regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and The Times Literary Supplement, Professor Tim Flannery also contributes to ABC Radio, NPR and the BBC. He has also written and hosted several Documentary Channel specials, including The Future, and Islands in the Sky.
Dr Tim Flannery speaks about:
The Weather Makers: How Man is Changing The Climate and What it Means for Life on Earth.
Tim Flannery draws on the ideas from his groundbreaking new book to present a straightforward, powerful exploration of the connection between climate change, global warming, and human activity.
By making complex science understandable for a lay audience, through a deft use of imagery, analogy and common sense, he very clearly lays out a game plan for halting current warming trends and beginning the long, but entirely achievable project of reversing the damage we have done. His goal is to mobilize his listeners-both personally and politically-to recognize that we are all "weather makers" and that the only choice, both logically and ethically, is to begin to address this problem before it's too late.
He has encouraged Australians into new ways of thinking about our environmental history and future ecological challenges.
Former Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard AC
Flannery, one of a new breed of planetary heroes, distilled the complex issue of global warming into a clear message.