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Can We Be Optimistic About Climate Change?

Complete video at: Global warming activist Tim Flannery responds to fears that human nature is not suited for the massive action that is required to combat climate change. Despite recent setbacks in reaching a global climate accord, he explains, individual countries have taken it upon themselves to reduce emissions and move toward a more sustainable future. ----- Tim Flannery is one of the country's leading thinkers and internationally-acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist, not to mention former Australian of the Year. Here on Earth is Flannery's first major book since The Weather Makers. In it, he takes a big-picture look at where we are as a species, and what we need to do in order to survive into the future. Flannery draws on Darwin, Wallace and Lovelock to discuss evolution, co-evolution and the issue of sustainability, in the broadest sense. And, as he tells the National Press Club, it's ultimately a message of hope. In this address, Flannery expounds on why he won't vote Labor, how London fixed its sewerage pollution problem in the 1880s, how the Chinese are ahead of the curve on major sustainable technology infrastructure, and how they helped derail the Copenhagen climate agreement.
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