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Can humans manage the anthropocene: Australian carbon pricing in context

What a work of art is man. And of mind, and social organisation. The stunning acceleration of human achievement through the past several millennia and especially the last two centuries has emerged from a balance between individual ambition and capacity for altruism and social cohesion. Whether the towering achievements of modern civilization are available to all of humanity in the next generation and to any in the generations that follow depends on whether we are able to establish an old balance in unfamiliar circumstances. This lecture applies some general ideas in one of the several arenas in which our balancing capacities are tested: policy on anthropogenic climate change.

Professor Ross Garnaut (AO) is a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow and a Professorial Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne, as well as a Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Australian National University. He is the author of numerous books, monographs and articles in journals on international economics, public finance and economic development, particularly in relation to East Asia and the Southwest Pacific. In 2008, Professor Garnaut presented The Garnaut Climate Change Review to the Australian Prime Minister. This review examines the impact of climate change on the Australian economy and provides potential medium to long-term policies to ameliorate these. He was also appointed as an independent expert advisor to the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee in September 2010. The Committee will explore options for the implementation of a carbon price and will help to build consensus on how Australia will tackle the challenge of climate change.

Speaker/Host: Professor Ross Garnaut - CHCI Annual Conference on 'Anthropocene Humanities', hosted by the HRC
Venue: Shine Dome, Academy of Science
Date: Friday, 15 June 2012
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Enquiries: Leena Messina on 6125 4357

The research vessel LAURENCE M. GOULD navigates between icebergs along the Antarctic peninsula. Photograph by Ethan Norris-Natio
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