Here on Earth: An Argument for Hope

The distillation of a remarkable mind.

Here on Earth

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Product name: Here on Earth: An Argument for Hope

Reviewer: Kate Arneman

Author: Tim Flannery

Publisher: Text Publishing

Price: $34.95

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“Our world is a web of interdependencies woven so tight it sometimes becomes love,” writes scientist, climate change activist and 2007 Australian of the Year Tim Flannery in his first major book since the best-selling The Weathermakers.

Here on Earth synthesises the outwardly opposing evolutionary theories of Darwin, his contemporary Alfred Russel Wallace, Richard Dawkins and James Lovelock to reconcile the role that competition plays with the evidence of cooperation in the natural world. In doing so he argues that humanity is not doomed to write ourselves out of history with its destructive tendencies but, like never before, equipped to make decisions that see us take a sustainable path.

To cover the history of our home planet, the evolution of life and the “biography” of our own species in less than 300 pages is impressive, and Flannery imbues this epic with an intensity of emotion and a lyrical turn of phrase which makes it engaging and moving. His background as a mammalogist and paleontologist is evident but he also draws on concepts from sociology, economics, psychology, political science and game theory. This is an intensely personal work informed by, among other things, Flannery’s experiences as a researcher in Papua New Guinea, his work as director of the South Australian Museum and chairman of the Copenhagen Climate Council. It’s the distillation of a remarkable mind.

Printed on paper sourced from sustainable regrowth forests.

Tim Flannery is touring nationally to talk about Here on Earth on the following dates.


Thursday 23 September, 11am to 12.30pm
Launch – invite only

Thursday 30 September, 6.30pm for 7pm
In conversation with Robyn Williams; MC: George Negus
Venue: Seymour Centre, Corner of City Road and Cleveland Street, Chippendale
Cost: $15/$10 concession
Bookings or 02 9351 7940

Thursday 21 October, 1pm
Venue: Stanton Library, 234 Miller St, North Sydney
Cost: free
Bookings: not required
For further information: call Constant Reader Bookshop on (02) 9436 3858


Tuesday 28 September, 12 noon
Press Club address – media only


Thursday 7 October, 7.30–8.30pm
Venue: Athaeneum Theatre, 188 Collins St, Melbourne
Cost: $20/$12 concession
Bookings: or (03) 9094 7800

Wednesday 27 October, 7.00–8.30pm
Venue: The Barn, Montsalvat, Hillcrest Ave, Eltham
Cost: $10
Bookings: call Eltham Bookshop on 03 9439 8700


Monday 11 October, 6.30pm
Venue: Powerhouse, 119 Lamington St, New Farm
Cost: $30/$27 concession
Bookings: or 07 3358 8600


Tuesday 12 October, 7pm
Venue: Albert Waterways Community Centre, 61 Sunshine Blvd, Mermaid Waters
Cost: Free
Bookings: 07 5581 1555


Monday 25 October, 6.45pm for 7.00pm
Venue: The Banquet Room, Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Rd, Adelaide
Cost: Free for Friends of the Adelaide Festival
Bookings & enquiries: or (08) 8216 4444

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