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Jack Beale Lecture: The Battle for the Environment

15 August 2018
6.00pm – 7.30pm AEST
Leighton Hall, UNSW Kensington
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Hear from one of Australia’s leading environmentalists and former politician, Bob Brown.

As both an activist and a politician, he has a unique perspective on our environmental battles, successes and failures. What has been achieved by the environmental movement since its 1970s renaissance? Where should we focus our efforts to protect the planet?  And how does his trademark optimism stand up to the tremendous environmental challenges that we face?

A UNSW Sydney event for Sydney Science Festival during National Science Week. Browse our full program.

Sydney Science Festival

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Jack Beale Public Lecture Series
The Jack Beale Public Lecture Series was established in 1999 by the Honourable Dr Jack Beale AO, a passionate advocate of environmental management and the first Minister for the Environment in Australia (NSW Parliament).  The Jack Beale Lecture provides the opportunity for a prominent individual to examine Australia’s environmental responsibilities, opportunities and performance within a global context. Past speakers have included Professor Paul Ehrlich, Dr Rajendra Pachauri, Professor Steve Raine, Dr Klaus Topfer, Dr Karl-Henrick Rober and Dr David Suzuki.

Bob Brown

Bob Brown


Acclaimed author, photographer and lifelong activist, Bob Brown rose to prominence when he led the campaign to save the Franklin River in the 1980s. After 10 years in the Tasmanian Parliament, Bob was elected to the Senate in 1996 where he served for 16 years. He was leader of the Australian Greens from 2005 to 2012, when he retired from the parliament to establish the Bob Brown Foundation.