Ian Lowe, BSc, DPhil, DSc, DUniv, is emeritus professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University in Brisbane and an adjunct professor at Flinders University and the University of the Sunshine Coast. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. He has published 14 books, more than 60 book chapters and over 50 journal articles. He has been involved in a wide range of advisory bodies for all levels of government over the last forty years, including leading the Commission for the Future in 1988 and chairing the advisory council that produced Australia’s first State of the Environment Report in 1996. He earned an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2001 for services to science and technology, especially environmental science. He received in 2000 the Prime Minister's Environmental Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement and the Queensland Premier's Millennium Award for Excellence in Science. He was also awarded the 2002 Eureka Prize for Promotion of Science. In 2009 the International Academy of Sciences, Health and Ecology awarded him the Konrad Lorenz Gold Medal for contributions to sustainable futures. Ian served as President of the Australian Conservation Foundation 2004–2014. He is a patron of SPA.
April 15th, 2022 | Season 3 | 1 hr 3 mins
discussion paper, ian lowe, jane o'sullivan, limits to growth, new report, population and climate change, spa, sustainable population australia
Did you know that climate mitigation models show that the only scenarios that avoid dangerous climate change are those which assume global population peaks in the next decade and then declines? Why is no-one talking about this? Luckily for us and the future of the planet, PGAP’s two guests for this episode, Professor Ian Lowe and Doctor Jane O’Sullivan, have written a new discussion paper ‘Population and Climate Change.’ Co-written with Doctor Peter Cook and commissioned by Sustainable Population Australia, this new report uses clear concise language with thorough scientific research to make a very strong case for the role that population plays in this warming world. PGAP speaks with Jane and Ian to unwrap the key points behind the discussion paper and to find out more about the stories behind these two inspiring people.