Covid Democracy Webinar Series: Facing Up To Catastrophic Risks

In the earliest days of Australia’s lockdown, the Commission For The Human Future held an online roundtable to discuss the range of catastrophic risks facing human society and how to respond to them. Pandemics are clearly one potential catastrophic risk,…

Covid Democracy Webinar Series: Facing Up To Catastrophic Risks

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In the earliest days of Australia’s lockdown, the Commission For The Human Future held an online roundtable to discuss the range of catastrophic risks facing human society and how to respond to them. Pandemics are clearly one potential catastrophic risk, but we also confront the climate crisis, the continued nuclear risk, resource scarcity, food security risks, and the failure of political and collective solutions.

At this Green Institute webinar, we were joined by two of the leaders of the roundtable, Dr Arnagretta Hunter and Julian Cribb, to dig into the ideas from that roundtable.

Julian Cribb is a well-known writer and science communicator, author of eight books including Poisoned Planet and, most recently, Surviving the 21st Century. He’s been appointed to numerous scientific boards and advisory panels, and is a board member of the Commission for the Human Future.

Dr Arnagretta Hunter is a physician and cardiologist, chair of the ACT branch of Doctors for the Environment Australia, and ANU’s inaugural Human Futures Fellow. A leading advocate on health and climate, she recently called for climate change to be listed as a cause of death on death certificates.

It was a challenging and unsettling session, confronting the depth of the risks we face, but also provided us with the space to consider the depth of the change we must – and can – achieve.

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