PCNet Friday Forum on Climate Change
September 4, 2015 at Pilgrim Uniting Church
chaired by the Rev Jana Norman
Emeritus Professor Tony Eggleton - The Science and the Lies
Having grown up in Adelaide and with a PhD in Geology, Tony spent 35 years at the Australian National University teaching and researching. In 1999 with over 80 scientific papers, a book and several book chapters to his name, and even a new mineral named after him, the University of Adelaide awarded him the degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of his contributions to the field of mineralogy.
After retiring friends and relations began asking him to explain the apparently contradictory scientific views on climate change presented in a press that thrives on controversy, and the clear political divide on the subject. Realising that he could not answer these questions, he went to the scientific literature to discover what he could about each side of this debate. After some time he realised this was actually an argument between science and lies and led to his widely acclaimed book A Short Introduction to Climate Change.
Listen to introduction and Tony's address here. . . mp3 19Mb
See Tony's slides here. . . pdf 5Mb
Reverend Brian Phillips - There is no road, the road is made by walking: an ethical response to climate change
Brian is a University of Adelaide graduate with a Bachelor of Science and a Diploma of Education. After teaching secondary school science and mathematics, he studied theology and was ordained a Methodist minister in 1971. He subsequently served in churches in Adelaide and the UK, as well as completing a term as the Ecumenical Chaplain at the Australian National University, Canberra. In the late 1980s his scientific background prompted him to take an interest in the physical impacts on the Earth's climate of the steadily increasing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. In 2012 Brian was awarded an MSc in 'Climate Change and Sustainable Development' by De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. He has also completed on-line climate change courses from the Universities of Illinois, British Columbia, California (San Diego) and Melbourne. This interest has lead to his involvement with the Environmental Action Group advising the Solidarity and Justice Ministry of the SA Uniting Church.
Listen to introduction and Brian's address here. . . mp3 16Mb
See Brian's slides here. . . pdf 1Mb
Listen to the Q&A session here. . . mp3 8Mb