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Here on Earth

Here on Earth: An Argument for Hope

Tim Flannery

  • awardLonglisted, Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, 2011
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  • awardShortlisted, ABIA General Non-Fiction Book of the Year, 2011
  • We stand at a crossroads, where comprehension of our place in nature—of our true abilities and of our history—is supremely important. We have formed a global civilisation of unprecedented might, driven forward by the power of our minds—a civilisation which is transforming our Earth. We are masters of technology, and of comprehension, but it’s what we believe that may, from now on, determine our fate.

    Tim Flannery’s first major book since The Weather Makers charts the history of life on our planet. Here on Earth, which draws its points of departure from Darwin and Wallace, Lovelock and Dawkins, is an extraordinary exploration of evolution and sustainability. Our success as a species has had disastrous effects on many of the Earth’s ecosystems and could lead to our downfall. But equally, Flannery argues, we are now equipped as never before to explore our true relationship with the planet on which our biological, economic and cultural futures depend. Here on Earth is not just a dazzling account of life on our planet. It will change the way you live.

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    Read an article about Tim in the Guardian.


    Tim Flannery
    About the Author

    Tim Flannery is a paleontologist, explorer and conservationist, a leading writer on climate change, and the 2007 Australian of the Year. His books include the award-winning international bestseller The Weather Makers, Here on Earth and Atmosphere of Hope. He is currently chief councillor of the Climate Council.

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    352 pp
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    27 September 2010
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    Praise for Tim Flannery
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    This is a wonderful book. It is a letter from perhaps the world’s most thoughtful, and certainly most eloquent, environmental scientist on how we as a species might survive as chief stewards of planet Earth…Flannery’s erudite, engaging text is a worthy successor to his acclaimed The Weather MakersHere on Earth is a must for optimists and pessimists alike.

    Tim Flannery shows us what is special about humans here on Earth; we

    are the first organisms in over three billion years who have changed their

    planet simply by taking thought.

    Tim Flannery has written an exhilarating book that offers hope, not hope that is merely wishful but a scientific and historical argument about why belief in the future of civilisation is rational and essential.

    Masterfully written, Here On Earth is a twin biography of our species and our planet, making a case for urgent action with razor-sharp insights and expansive knowledge…a cogent argument for hope.

    ‘A wonderful exploration of the intricate super-organism that is humankind.’