Presentations and articles by our keynote speakers from the 2019 Biennial Conference which was held on 25th and 26th November at the RMIT University in Melbourne:

  • Two “Climate Conversations” podcast episodes have just been released.  The first is “School Strike 4 Climate” discussion by David Spratt, Harriet O’Shae-Carre and Kaity Thompson,
    and the second featuring Ian Lowe on “Considering populations and urban futures.

  • Other work by David Spratt from Breakthrough National Centre for Climate Restoration (Melbourne) has just been published in Energiewende Magazin arguing for a reframing of climate research and the IPCC reports — to take account of risk — access the translated interview and the associated Breakthrough report.
  • Climate activist Harriet O’Shae Carre was interviewed in this ABC 7.30 Report story
  • keynote speakers, Ian Lowe, and conference organisers, Haydn Washington have co-authored (with Helen Kopnina) an article just published in the Journal of Futures Studies. Read it to whet your appetite for the 24–26 November events: ‘Why Do Society and Academia Ignore the ‘Scientists Warning to Humanity’ on population?’  – challenges the taboo on talking about overpopulation.

General News Items:

  • Why universities need to declare a ecological and climate emergency.  Universities have a responsibility to prepare students for an uncertain future, 11 scholars from around the world argue.
  • Canadian William E. Rees is best known as one of the originators of the ‘ecological footprint’, a key indicator used by many ecological economists. He’s just written a useful intervention in the debate about our uncertain future — ‘Yes, the Climate Crisis may Wipe out Six Billion People’. Read it here.
  • The International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE) has recently issued a statement on the widespread deforestation problems including out-of-control fires in the Brazilian Amazon.

  • Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) is hosting a conference in Melbourne on Thurs 28th and Friday 29th November, 2019, right after the ANZSEE Conference.  The AELA Conference Building Earth Ethics in Australia: Pathways and Challenges will be held at the ACU campus, 115 Victoria Parade , Fitzroy, Victoria 3065.
  • The first joint International Degrowth Research Network and International Society for Ecological Economics conference will take place 1–5 September 2020 in Manchester (UK) with the overarching theme Building Alternative Livelihoods in Times of Ecological and Political Crisis,  32 topics have been identified by those responding to the call for sub-theme session proposals (deadline 30 September 2019). The call for paper abstract proposals and its deadline will be announced in November.
  • The paperback version of Housing for Degrowth: Principles, Models, Challenges and Opportunities, a collection published in the Routledge Environmental Humanities Series and co-edited by Anitra Nelson (ANZSEE Vice-President) has been re-issued for purchase at a discount and/or get your local/university library to order it in for borrowers to share.