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Can civilisation survive the 21st century?
Professor Ian Lowe, author (The Big Fix; Living in the Hothouse), pre-eminent scientist, environmentalist, cultural commentator and president of the Australian Conservation Foundation, thinks we have a chance, but we have to act now, across the board. Here, collected together for the first time, are Lowe's views on the environment, culture, science, politics, education, technology and Australia's economy, along with new pieces on Copenhagen 2009 and Australia's chance for survival in this new century.
Written in Lowe's accessible style, this engaging and informative collection of essays and opinion pieces illustrate the topics that have engaged the Australian community and continue to do so into the uncertain future.
Lowe is a purveyor of common sense, clarity and fact. He is the voice of reason, and this collection is an environmental and community call to arms – through logic rather than fear-mongering. Read it to be better informed, to be challenged and to make a difference.


'Living in the Hothouse is probably the most accessible guide to how global warming, now an accepted proposition, will affect Australia ... surprisingly readable and not without the odd bit of humour.' Phil Brown, Brisbane News


'[A Big Fix is] a comprehensive vision of a sustainable Australia and the steps we need to take to reach this goal.' ECOS Magazine


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  • Trade Paperback


    June 28, 2010


    272 pages

    RRP $34.95

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Also by Ian Lowe

The Lucky Country? Reinventing Australia
Bigger or Better? Australia's Population Debate
A Big Fix: Radical Solutions for Australia's Environmental Crisis
Reaction Time: Climate Change and the Nuclear Option: Quarterly Essay 27


Four Fields
A Blueprint for a Safer Planet
It's Not Easy Being Green
A Zero Waste Life
A Life Underwater
Climate Wars
The New Nature
Ladders to Heaven
Climate Politics and the Climate Movement in Australia
Greeniology 2020
Feeling The Heat
Ice Bear
A Brush With Nature
Confessions of a Radical Industrialist
On Our Watch
The Global Warming Survival Kit