Call of the Wild: Decoding Australia’s Long-Term Future

By Michael Lee

“In the end…the environmental budget is the only one that really counts…it’s difficult to find two nations that have been more severely disadvantaged by climate change than the US and Australia.”
Tim Flannery, Australian scientist, conservationist and author of The Weather-Makers and The Future Eaters

 “Ecologically, the Australian environment is exceptionally fragile, the most fragile of any First World country except perhaps Iceland…overgrazing, salinization, soil erosion, introduced species, water shortages, and man-made droughts…have become severe in Australia.”
Jared Diamond, Author of Collapse and Guns, Germs and Steel

A generation of far-reaching social change lies ahead for Australia. There will be a serious struggle to adapt to climate change as water security becomes a critical issue for many coastal cities and for agriculture. Environmental pressure on the world’s driest inhabited continent is building due to declining and more variable rainfall as well as widespread soil degradation.

In addition, it seems inevitable over time that the country must change its predominantly British cultural identity towards a more authentic Asia Pacific culture in order to become more socially inclusive and geographically centred.

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