Jack Beale Lecture on the Global Environment

The Jack Beale Public Lecture Series was established in 1999 by the Honourable Dr Jack Beale AO, a passionate advocate of environmental management and the first Minister for the Environment in Australia (NSW Parliament).  The Jack Beale Lecture provides the opportunity for a prominent individual to examine Australia’s environmental responsibilities, opportunities and performance within a global context. Past speakers have included Professor Paul Ehrlich, Dr Rajendra Pachauri, Professor Steve Raine, Dr Klaus Topfer, Dr Karl-Henrick Rober and Dr David Suzuki.

August 2014 – Professor Ian Chubb AC

No Free Rides to the Future, Shoring up the Science to Sustain Us

Speaking on the topic No Free Rides to the Future, Shoring up the Science to Sustain Us, Professor Ian Chubb AC called for action to secure the skills, investment and international alliances needed for a better future for the country.

He also called for an end to the “she’ll be right” attitude, saying Australia did not punch above its weight in science “as we so often declare in a fit of misguided and unhelpful enthusiasm”.

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Nov 2013 - David Suzuki

Imagining a sustainable future: foresight over hindsight.

In a wide-ranging talk the Canadian scientist and broadcaster discusses the environmental movement's successes and failures, explores human evolution and the threats to our future, outlines the problems of a globalised economy, criticises the Australian government's climate change policies, and points to a sustainable way forward.


Nov 2011 - Paul Ehrlich

Population, Environment, and the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere.

In his Lecture Professor Paul Ehrlich focuses on four basic points. First that homosapiens is a small group animal, genetically and culturally attuned to existing with 50-150 other people, now trying to live in a group of seven billion. Secondly that the planet is vastly overpopulated, possibly as much as four times the long term carrying capacity. Thirdly his belief that one of the most dangerous myths to infect civilisation is that population and economic growth have no limits and that this myth is symbolic of the failure of education systems and the mass media; and finally the idea that incremental change will save us is comforting but dangerous.