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Climate change: beyond science


Amanda Little + Amanda Niehaus + Bob Brown

Queensland Terrace, State Library of Queensland

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Amanda Little

Amanda Little

Amanda Little is a journalist writing about the environment and innovation. She is a professor of investigative journalism and science writing at Vanderbilt University, and has a particular fondness for far-flung and hard-to-stomach reporting that takes her to ultradeep oil rigs, down manholes, into sewage plants, and inside monsoon clouds.

She is the author of the forthcoming book, The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World (Random House: Crown/Harmony), which explores how we'll feed humanity sustainably and equitably in the climate change era. She also wrote Power Trip: The Story of America's Love Affair With Energy (HarperCollins). Amanda has published her writing in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Wired, New York Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, NewYorker.com and elsewhere. A former columnist for Outside magazine and Grist.org, she is a recipient of the Jane Bagley Lehman Award for excellence in environmental journalism.

Little has interviewed figures ranging from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to John McCain and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, and National Public Radio. A graduate of Brown University, she serves on the Board of Trustees at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and kids.

Amanda Niehaus

Amanda Niehaus

Amanda Niehaus is a scientist, writer, and editor living in Brisbane. She was born in a small town along the Mississippi River, and she dreams of writing in a room with a river view. She is the author of The Breeding Season, a debut novel that has garnered advance praise by authors such as Krissy Kneen and Alice Sebold. She has published widely in literary magazines including Overland, Griffith Review, AGNI, Creative Nonfiction, The Writer, and NOON Annual. Her short story “Breeding Season” won the 2017 Victoria University Short Story Prize (at Overland), and her story “Eclipse” was runner-up for the 2018 Let There Be Light Prize (at The Writer). Two of Amanda’s essays were nominated for Pushcart Prizes in 2017, including “Pluripotent,” which was included in the 2017 Best Australian Essays (ed. Anna Goldsworthy).
Bob Brown

Bob Brown

Bob Brown resigned as leader of the Greens in 2012 and from the Australian Senate in June 2012. Brown led the Australian Greens from the party's foundation in 1992 until April 2012. In 1978 Bob was appointed director of the Tasmania Wilderness Society and led the campaign to prevent the construction of the Franklin dam. He spent 19 days in prison and on the day of his release, in 1983, he became a member of Tasmania’s parliament. Bob was elected to the Australian Senate in 1996. From 2002 to 2004, when minor parties held the balance of power in the Senate, Brown became a well-recognised politician. He was re-elected in both 2001 and in 2007. Bob Brown was also the first openly gay member of the Parliament of Australia, and the first openly gay leader of an Australian political party. Bob lives with his partner Paul in Tasmania and travels widely. Bob has published a number of books including his memoir and photographic books and poetry books. He has also won many awards, including from the United Nations.

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Derryn Heilbuth

Derryn Heilbuth

Studying French in Paris and English literature under author JM Coetzee instilled in Derryn a love of language. Covering women's issues as a journalist in apartheid South Africa taught her to question orthodoxies. Working on magazines and television made her appreciate how each communication medium presents challenges but requires similar fundamentals: well-expressed, engaging content. And founding and building BWD into one of Australia's leading strategic sustainability consultancies confirmed for her what Nitin Nohria, Dean of Harvard Business School said . . . and what she suspected all along: communication is the real work of leadership.


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