Survival Matters

Working towards a safer future for all Australians


Most of us expect that children born in 2019 will be able to live peaceful, prosperous lives to a ripe old age – but on the current trajectory of our species, that seems highly unlikely.

Our civilization is faced with ten mega-threats: climate change, human population growth, food insecurity, ecosystem destruction, resource depletion, threat of nuclear war, uncontrolled technology and artificial intelligence, global poisoning, pandemic diseases and, above all, the self-delusion that we can somehow escape the consequences of our actions.

Despite their imminence, we often find ourselves in blissful ignorance of these threats, for the collapse of human civilization and early human extinction are undoubtedly distasteful topics. As such, our efforts to tackle just one of these threats – climate change – have been less than half-hearted.

But such pessimism need not continue. As Canberra Science writer, Julian Cribb, explains in the video below, if we use our assets to take global action, disaster can be avoided.

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Episode 1: Anthropocentrism and our culture


In this episode we speak with Emeritus Professor Bob Douglas, a retired public health academic and a Founding Director of Australia21, about the need for a change in the way humans think about the planet. He explains the difference between “anthropocentrism” and “eco-centrism”, and why we need to embrace the latter.


Episode 2: The ten threats to human survival


In this episode we speak with science writer Julian Cribb about ten interacting threats that are putting the future of humanity at risk: ecological collapse, resource depletion, weapons of mass destruction, climate change, global poisoning, food insecurity, population and urban expansion, pandemic disease, and uncontrollable new technologies, and human self-delusion.


Episode 3: Young people and climate change


In this episode we speak to Hannah Ford, the Campaigns Coordinator of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, and the 2018 ACT Young Environmentalist of the Year. We explore the way young people are beginning to act politically and socially on issues of climate change and threats to human survival.


Episode 4: The impact of consumption on health


In this episode we speak with Professor Fiona Stanley, a maternal and child health epidemiology and public health expert, and 2003 Australian of the Year. She discusses the impact of consumption on human health, and the social factors that have led us to the predicament that we now face as a species.


Episode 5: The need for urgent political action


In this episode we speak with Ian Dunlop, an Australia21 Director, former international oil, gas and coal industry executive, chair of the Australian Coal Association, and CEO of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He speaks to us about the political challenges we face in addressing climate change and related threats to human survival.


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