Events

Sydney Writers' Festival

Sydney Writers' Festival

SWF

19 - 22 May, 2011

The 2011 Sydney Writers' Festival presents some of the world's finest poets, novelists and authors of literary nonfiction. Here's G's pick of some of the green events with some fantastic special guests, including Naomi Oreskes, Michael Mobbs, Anna Krien, Curt Stager, Paul Gilding & Lilian McCombs.

Climate whiplash

Most debate over global warming looks only as far ahead as 2100 AD, but what happens after that? Curt Stager, author of Deep Future: the Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth, argues that our fossil fuel emissions will interfere with the climate for much longer than most of us realise.
Where: Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay.
When: 11:30am - 12:30am. Thursday 19 May, 2011.
Cost: Tickets are $15/$20.

Women warriors for the environment

With our planet in peril and so many of our politicians in denial, more and more private citizens, including writers, feel compelled to take up the battle. Naomi Oreskes exposed the phoney science behind US climate deniers and Anna Krien immersed herself in the battle to save Tasmania’s wilderness. They talk to Lilian McCombs.
Where: Sydney Dance Company, Studio 2/3, Walsh Bay.
When: 4pm - 5pm. Thursday 19 May, 2011.
Cost: Free!

The merchants of doubt

Climate-change deniers and so-called sceptics rely on science to create misgivings and doubt about the causes of climate change. But did you know the scientists providing this data are the very ones who claimed there was no proven link between smoking and cancer? Naomi Oreskes’s carefully researched book is a devastating indictment of the abuse of science and the betrayal of public trust. She talks to Robyn Williams.
Where: Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay.
When: 2:30pm - 3:30pm. Friday 20 May, 2011.
Cost: Tickets are $15/$20.

Last one out, turn out the lights

Paleoclimatologist Curt Stager draws on geological history to imagine what the planet will be like in the next 100,000 years. Scientist and conservationist Ian Lowe argues it’s not too late if we act now. They tell Amanda McKenzie what we have to do to survive.
Where: Sydney Dance Company, Studio 2/3, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay.
When: 4pm - 5pm. Friday 20 May, 2011.
Cost: Free (no bookings).

You've been warned

Is climate change off the political agenda? President Obama didn’t even mention it in his State of the Union Address earlier this year. How do we get the action most of us know we need? Naomi Oreskes outlines the dark political forces preventing action. Paleoclimatologist Curt Stager shows the hard choices we have to make now to preserve anything like the planet we know and love. And former director of Greenpeace International and environmental business strategist Paul Gilding argues our economy is on a collision course with nature. Chair: Sam Mostyn.
Where: Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street.
When: 8pm - 9:30pm. Friday 20 May, 2011.
Cost: Tickets are $15/$20.

You save the planet

You and your fellow citizens take centre stage as Australian Youth Climate Coalition co-founder Amanda McKenzie leads the discussion to get you to come up with a plan to save the planet. Ian Lowe, Paul Gilding and Michael Mobbs are on hand for advice. A citizen participation event: join in on Twitter #swfplanet.
Where: Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay.
When: 2:30pm - 3:30pm. Saturday 21 May.
Cost: Free!

Growing pains

Do we have system overload? Can the planet cope with our obsession with growth? Ross Gittins argues governments should emphasise growth and efficiency less while Paul Gilding says our system is already operating past capacity. What will give? They talk to Janine Perrett.
Where: Wharf 2, Sydney Theatre Company, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
When: 10am - 11am. Sunday 22 May.
Cost: Free (no bookings).

The great disruption

Mother Nature and Father Greed have hit the wall, says Paul Gilding, former executive director of Greenpeace International and author of ‘The Great Disruption’. Everything has to change. He talks to Michael Sexton.
Where: Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay.
When: 4pm - 5pm. Sunday 22 May.
Cost: Tickets are $10/$15.

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