Clive Hamilton, Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University

Spraying sulphur compounds into the upper atmosphere to reduce the amount of sunlight reaching the planet? Transforming the chemistry of the world’s oceans so they soak up more carbon? These ideas sound like science fiction but technologies to ‘geoengineer’ the planet are being developed right now. Clive Hamilton investigates the huge risks of reaching for desperate measures to save the planet, explains the science behind the ‘technofixes’ and uncovers the worrying motives of some of those promoting them. We can no longer ignore the push for geoengineering as a substitute for cutting carbon emissions. In a few years everyone will be talking about it, and every one of us will have to take a stance.

Clive Hamilton

Clive Hamilton is Vice-Chancellor’s Chair and Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University, in Canberra. He has been an Academic Visitor at the University of Oxford and at Yale University. He was recently appointed a member of the Climate Change Authority. He is a member of the Royal Society's Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative.

Hamilton founded The Australia Institute, a progressive think tank, in 1993 and was Director until 2008. One of Australia’s leading thinkers on economics and public policy he has been writing about climate change for 15 years. He is bestselling author of books including Requiem for a Species: why we resist the truth about climate change (2010), in which he discusses the philosophical dimensions of climate change denial, and Scorcher: the dirty politics of climate change (2007) an investigation of the power of energy industry lobbyists on the Australia political process. His two books on the impact of rampant consumerism and overconsumption are Affluenza: when too much is never enough (with Richard Denniss 2005) andGrowth Fetish (2003).

Gleebooks will have copies of Hamilton's book Earthmaster: playing God with the climate(RRP$24.99) on sale at the venue.

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  • Philip R.

    Excellent but contributing to my increasing depression about the future of our species . .

    March 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I had a horrendous nightmare about that end game last night...

      March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Clive did a very good presentation and highlighted a sinister aspect of climate change. A number of solutions proposed have the backing of wealthy people who want to own the solution. Their solution can't be verified to be 100% safe and can't be fully tested in any lab.

    A corporate owned solar shield with a chemical mixture that could kill the ozone layer. It's a nightmare solution backed by billionaires and poor science. How much will the world pay for such a scheme?

    Clive has exposed a huge problem, these solution providers have agendas more for profit than saving people and the planet. Backed by people like Bill Gates who supports Nuclear power over Solar and Wind systems and will not donate a dollar to a clean solution enterprise.

    What Bill Gates did to computing he and his partners want to do to the ultimate prize our one and only environment. We can't trust his poorly designed solutions and his updates will cost a fortune to all of us and bleed up dry.

    Thanks Clive.

    March 8, 2013

  • Philip R.


    Sorry I didn't get better organised before the event - I did meet up with a couple of the usual suspects afterwards but we should try harder to meet before or after the next meeting - maybe I need a Sydney Futurists sign like they use for airport arrivals!


    March 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very interesting. New subject area for me.

    March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi folks. I've registered with Sydney Uni for this event - are we meeting up somewhere - I can wear a pink carnation...

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The changing weather can affect greatly some of the smallest creatures that indirectly help mankind to exist on the planet.

    Without bees and other pollinators no crops. No plants
    no steak dinner. I don't regard Macca's and Berger King as
    sustainable food providers, I have seen what they Yanks
    eat, it ain't pretty or good. Lets not follow their direction
    on food production, its killing them.

    Change in how we live on earth and using our knowledge to
    sustain us along with insects, reptiles, fish, mammals and
    plants. Keeping our air, land and seas clean from our poor
    house keeping to sustain cities that will crumble from their
    poor design and architecture.

    Not working with the planet has been the death of every foolish
    species in the past. Lets not be the fools that didn't make it
    also and a step forward is to be a society not just for profit. The ocean's biggest creatures depend on the smallest.

    February 9, 2013

  • Philip R.

    I have seen this behaviour a lot - even with otherwise intelligent people - particularly "hard" science people - they just don't get what an interdependent web of life we exist in. Years ago I had lots of arguments with Yank "libertarians" on Cryonet who would say things to me like: "Why are you always going on about species and species diversity? - all we need are cows, wheat and a few other things . ." - the ignorance of basic biology/ ecology was flabbergasting . . and left me despairing for the survival of our own species - and left me wondering whether we actually deserved to survive . .

    1 · February 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member


    Called Sydney Uni and spoke to Jacki Hecek, Sydney Ideas
    Events Assistant this lecture is for March 05.

    She has nothing with Clive Hamilton tonight guys.

    February 5, 2013

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