2009 ANZMAC Annual Conference > Program > Keynote Speaker
Keynote Speaker - Wednesday 2 December
Professor Tim Flannery is an internationally acclaimed writer, scientist and explorer who was named Australian of the Year 2007 in recognition of his contribution to the environment and other fields. Professor Flannery has published more than 130 scientific papers and has written many books, including his recent bestseller The Weather Makers: The History & Future Impact of Climate Change. He is currently Adjunct Professor in the Division of Environmental and Life Sciences at Macquarie University, as well as chairman of the South Australian Premier’s Science Council and Sustainability Roundtable, a director of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, and the National Geographic Society’s representative in Australasia. He is also an active member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, which reports independently to government on environmental issues of concern to Australians.
A message from Tim
There is no doubt that the great challenge of the 21st century is living sustainably, and trends now underway tell us how great that challenge will be.
Among the key trends are:
- the global population will be 9 billion by 2050
- based on current demographics, Australia's population will be 40-60 million by that time
- climate change is damaging our agriculture and our oceans, and this will increase
- environmental degradation, particularly forest destruction, is proceeding apace
Marketers and managers, from both industry and academia, play a vital role in our battle for sustainably. They help shape our purchasing patterns, our social norms, and our workplaces. With their help, we have a chance of achieving the transformation that this century will require of our societies.
This conference offers a great opportunity to address the issue of sustainability in a unique context, with a powerful group of peers. I hope that you look back upon it as a keystone moment.