Enabling change in our Society, Environment and Economy (SEE)

Wrap up-Julian Cribb lecture

On Thursday 18 May 2017, the Belconnen local group hosted a presentation by Julian Cribb of his latest book, Surviving the 21st Century: Humanity’s Ten Great Challenges and How We Can Overcome Them.

Julian had presented this material to the Emeritus Faculty at the ANU a couple of months prior to the public showing and deeply affected them. Bob Douglas has become involved with dealing with the situation described in Julian’s book.

Julian’s talk

He made it clear that the worst-case scenario is that the human species could become extinct within the lifetimes of our children or grandchildren unless we embark on radical transformative change in the way humans operate in relation to our planetary home. This is not a topic for dinner table conversation and most of us would like to ignore the realities that Julian presented.

The positive side is that it is not yet too late to embark on the changes that could rescue our species, but Julian is also saying that we have to embark on these changes very quickly—and of course these kinds of changes are not what modern politics is about.

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Bob’s talk

The ANU Emeritus Faculty has embarked on efforts to develop a multi-disciplinary multi-institutional collaboration commencing at the ANU, but broadening rapidly to engage the whole of Australian society in essential transformative change.

To avoid what amounts to suicide by business as usual, we must shake off the “sacred money, sacred markets” idea which is destroying the earth. The Emeritus Faculty will start calling upon the resources of universities, civil society, faith groups and NGOs, to work together to rescue our species.

Bob provides us with ten take-home suggestions.

Download the file and see what you can do.

With thanks to our


  • ACT Government Environment and Planning
  • The Association of Independent Schools of the ACT (AISACT)
  • Catholic Education Office (Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn)
  • Education and Training Directorate
  • ACT Government