Posted 12 July 2011, by Staff, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), abc.net.au
With our planet in peril and so many of our politicians in denial, more and more private citizens, including writers, feel compelled to take up the battle.
US science historian Naomi Oreskes exposed the web of vested interests behind US climate deniers with her book “Merchants of Doubt”. Meanwhile, award-winning young Australian writer Anna Krien immersed herself in the battle to save Tasmania’s wilderness in her debut book, “Into The Woods”.
They explain their similar passions, different strategies and what it’s like to make powerful enemies to the former Young Environmentalist of the Year, Amanda McKenzie.
Naomi Oreskes is professor of history and science studies at the University of California, San Diego. She has won numerous prizes for her work and has lectured widely in diverse venues. Her 2004 essay “The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change”, cited by Al Gore in “An Inconvenient Truth”, led to op-ed pieces in various American newspapers and to Congressional testimony in the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. “Merchants of Doubt” is her first book.
Anna Krien is the author of “Into the Woods: The Battle for Tasmania’s Forests”. Her work has been published in The Monthly, The Age, The Big Issue, Griffith Review, and many other magazines and journals. Krien won the Australian Press Council Award at the age of 18 and was also awarded the 2008 Val Vallis Award.
Amanda McKenzie is a passionate sustainability leader and social entrepreneur. She was the 2009 joint Young Environmentalist of the Year after co-founding Australian Youth Climate Coalition at the age of 23. The AYCC has grown into one of the nation’s largest and most successful youth-run organisations with 56,000 individual members and 25 organisational members. McKenzie presented to the Senate committee on climate policy in 2009 and was invited to serve on the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee NGO Round Table in 2010.