TS Eliot wrote that the world would end “not with a bang but a whimper”. But according to climate scientists, our fate will be sealed by steadily rising temperatures and sea levels. Some of the Festival’s most distinguished guests come together for a panel about why climate inaction continues despite decades of research and how we can stem the hastening catastrophe. Join climate scientist Joëlle Gergis and authors Jeff Goodell and Tony Birch in conversation with David Schlosberg.

Jeff Goodell (International)

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Jeff Goodell's most recent book is The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World, which was a New York Times Critics' top book of 2017. He is a Contributing Editor at Rolling Stone and the author of five previous books, including How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate, which won the 2011 Grantham Prize Award of Special Merit, as well as Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future. As a commentator on energy and climate issues, Goodell has appeared on NPR, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Tony Birch (Australian)

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Tony Birch is the author of two novels and four short story collections. His debut novel, Blood, was shortlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin literary award, and his 2015 novel, Ghost River was shortlisted for several major literary awards and was the winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary prize for Indigenous fiction in 2016. In 2017 Tony was also awarded the Patrick White Prize for Literature. Common People is his latest book.

Joëlle Gergis (Australian)

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Dr Joëlle Gergis is an award-winning climate scientist and writer from the University of Melbourne. She lives between the Northern Rivers region of NSW and Melbourne.

David Schlosberg (Australian)

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David Schlosberg is Professor of Environmental Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and co-Director of the Sydney Environment Institute. His work focuses on environmental justice, environmental movements, and climate adaptation planning and policy. He is the author of Defining Environmental Justice; co-author of Climate-Challenged Society; and co-editor of both The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society and The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory. His current book project is on sustainable materialism, or the environmentalism of everyday life.