Quarterly Essay 44: Man-Made World: Choosing Between Progress and Planet

Author(s): Andrew Charlton; Robert Manne (Contribution by); Richard Flanagan; Nick Cater (Contribution by); Jay Rosen (Contribution by); Tim Flannery (Contribution by); Mark Latham (Contribution by); Jack Waterford (Contribution by); Rodney Tiffen (Contribution by); Ian Lowe (Contribution by)

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Witnessing at first-hand the failure of the Copenhagen Climate Conference and wondering what went wrong, Andrew Charlton realised the truth of a colleague's words: "The world is split between those who want to save the planet and those who want to save themselves."


In this groundbreaking essay, Charlton discusses the rift that will shape our future: progress versus planet; rich versus poor. In recent times environmentalists have argued with mounting force that the growth of human activity on our planet is unsustainable. We are, they claim, on a collision course with destiny. But, the developing world counters, environmental threats, dire as they may be, are not the only challenges we face. Indeed, these can seem a distant danger compared to the daily tragedies of life in slums and villages.


Across the globe, economists and environmentalists vie over who has the right response to climate change, population growth and food scarcity. In Australia, this battle has plunged our politics into one of its most tumultuous periods. In Man-Made World Charlton evaluates some of the proposed solutions -renewable and nuclear energy, organic and genetically modified food - and argues that our descendants will only thank us if we find a way to preserve both the natural world and human progress.


SPECIAL: RICHARD FLANAGAN ON LOVE AND NON-FREEDOM


This edition of Quarterly Essay also includes a piece by one of Australia's leading writers, Richard Flanagan, entitled The Australian Disease: On the decline of love and the rise of non-freedom.

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  • : 9781863955522
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  • : October 2011
  • : November 2011
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  • : Andrew Charlton; Robert Manne (Contribution by); Richard Flanagan; Nick Cater (Contribution by); Jay Rosen (Contribution by); Tim Flannery (Contribution by); Mark Latham (Contribution by); Jack Waterford (Contribution by); Rodney Tiffen (Contribution by); Ian Lowe (Contribution by)
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