The discussion will be led by Andrew Glikson and Hugh Saddler
Date: 4th October 2016
Entry: $10 members $15 non members
It has become clear that, rather than focus attention on the existential issues which Homo sapiens is facing, human institutions remain preoccupied with parochial power games and money matters, regardless of the proliferation of hair-trigger nuclear missile fleets around the world and the rapid change in the terrestrial climate. When the world’s leading scientists warn of a dangerous shift in state of the terrestrial climate and the proximity of tipping points, what difference would the election make if both parties support coal mining and export, rendering the country the world’s leading per-capita carbon emitter? When opposed military forces are confronted and dangerous people aim to reach control of red nuclear buttons, with time a confrontation by accident or design becomes inevitable, yet little of this appears to be an issue in the media, rendering the elections in the US and Australia meaningless. Nowadays governments are presiding over an increasingly likely demise of the terrestrial atmosphere and the marine environment. Which planet do these people think they are living on?