Truth & Beauty : Talking about the Environment

Thursday 20 October 2016
6.00 - 7.30PM

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Law School Foyer, New Law School |Eastern Ave | University of Sydney


Expressing our love for the transcendent beauty of nature when our world is under threat.

A Sydney Ideas event in the National Environment Meeting hosted by Greenpeace Australia Pacific, in partnership with the Nature Conservation Council of NSW and the Sydney Environment Institute

Our relationship with the environment can be expressed in terms of our love for the transcendent beauty of nature, or the scientific building blocks of life, or the mundanities of everyday experience.

Our panel of distinguished speakers come from a wide variety of fields, including literature, science and the arts, to discuss how we can communicate about the environment at a time when the natural world has never been under greater threat.


  • Don Watson, prominent Australian author and public speaker. Don has written extensively on on the Australian landscape, including in his recent Book of the Year (NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2015) The Bush: Travels in the Heart of Australia
  • Rod Lamberts, Deputy Director of Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) at ANU, and a former National President of the Australian Science Communicators. Rod is strongly committed to science communication accessible for the public, and is a regular public commentator on ABC and The Conversation.
  • Sophia Brous, an Australian musician and performer. Sophia is also a recognised curator and and artistic director, curating the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, and currently founder and curator of Supersense: Festival of the Ecstatic at the Arts Centre Melbourne.
  • Berndt Sellheim, an extensively published poet and novelist. Berndt’s newest poetry collection Awake at the Wheel will be out in November 2016, of which he will be reading an excerpt at the National Environment Meeting.
  • Gretchen Miller award winning radio producer and presenter at ABC Radio National with a passion for stories of the landscape and environment.
  • Professor Iain McCalman, (panel chair), Co-Director, Sydney Environment Institute

Listen to the podcast here: Truth and Beauty: Talking about the environment