6A. 1. THE WORLD'S TOP Authors Australia - Tim Flannery ANNIVERSARY Issue 201314 TIF




Tim Flannery




Named Australian of the Year for his role in explaining environmental issues, Tim Flannery is a writer, zoologist, paleontologist, explorer and environmentalist.  His university education began with a B.A. in English literature, and from there he went on to earn a Masters degree in Earth Sciences and a Ph.D. in Zoology.  He has worked for the University of Adelaide, the South Australian Museum, the Australian Museum and Harvard University.  As a field zoologist, he discovered more than 30 new species of mammals, and was given the Edgeworth David Medal for Outstanding Research.


Mr. Flannery is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and The Times Literary Supplement.  His 1994 book The Future Eaters addressed the evolution of Australasian environments.  Disputing the consensus opinion at the time that climate change was responsible for the way Australian flora and fauna had evolved, Mr. Flannery proposed instead that the Aboriginal people had contributed to the continent’s ecosystem by burning land in rotation, ensuring that they could survive long periods of drought.  The belief that people are essential in ecosystems has since been central to Mr. Flannery’s thinking and written work.


In his subsequent book The Weather Makers, Mr. Flannery outlined the history, current status and future impact of climate change.  It is considered to be the definitive book on global warming, and includes suggestions on how the world can act to avoid catastrophe.  Because today’s school-age children will have to live with the consequences of adults’ decisions, he has written a version of the book for children, entitled We Are the Weather Makers, in the hope that these children will become informed and find solutions to save our planet.




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