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Brisbane book launch of 'Climate Change Denial'

Posted on 5 May 2011 by John Cook

This week, I attended the very first book launch I've ever been to. And it happened to be for my own book! Thanks to the generous support of Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and the Global Change Institute, we launched Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand at my own University of Queensland. Launching our book was the Hon. Kate Jones MP, the Queensland Minister for Environment and Resource Management.


Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, the Hon. Kate Jones MP, Haydn Washington, John Cook, Michael Keniger (Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor).

Amazingly enough (at least going by the faces of everyone I informed that day), the day of the launch was the first time I'd met my co-author Haydn face to face. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology like Skype, email and the good ol' telephone, we'd corresponded and collaborated on the book for the last year and a half but this was the first time we managed to be in the same place at the same time. So it was a great pleasure to hear Haydn speak about Climate Change Denial (the man is a good public speaker).

Kate Jones was a delight too. It was a great honour to have the Queensland Environment Minister launch our book. She was warm and friendly with self-deprecating wit (which was a relief to Haydn as he had a few comments about politicians' lack of climate action).

Another thank you must go to the folk at Global Change Institute. The idea of a Brisbane launch came from the Director, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg whose vigour and enthusiasm for communicating climate science is an inspiration.

Note - we'll be having a May 15 Sydney launch and May 16 Canberra launch of Climate Change Denial. Details of both events will be published shortly, all are welcome!

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  1. Congratulations John, if you need somebody to help translating the book into German, give me a shout ...

    Jörg
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  2. Congratulations.
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  3. Congratulations, good show!

    But you need to work a bit on your stance for photos: Arms behind your back? No way.
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  4. Congratulations!

    I am reminded of two quotes: 'A journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step' (Lau Tzu) and 'If you are not on the road to Utopia, you are not on the right road.' (Unknown) I am sure that you are headed towards Utopia, I only hope that for the sake of all of us you get at least half-way there.
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  5. Congratulations John!
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  6. Wow, the big guns were brought out for that one. Mixing with the celebs.
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  7. I would like to copies of your book on the shelves of Parliament Shop in Parliament House, Canberra. Maybe you will find an MP to suggest it. They already stock "Requiem for a Species" by Clive Hamilton. Located in the main Foyer, the Shop is open 7 days a week
    9:30 am - 5:00 pm (on sitting days extended to 5:45 pm).
    Ph: (02) 6277 5050 Fax: (02) 6277 5068
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    Response: Haydn and I will actually be heading down to Canberra on May 16 and will be delivering a copy of the book to every federal MP in Australia (more news on this shortly). I'll check whether NewSouth Books are distributing to Parliament shop.
  8. Why did you not invits me John? A good chance for us to catch up and see if I could get an autographed copy.
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    Response: Sorry Ken, there were a few Brisbanites I forgot to invite (I've gotten some cross emails).
  9. Congratulations John

    Is it true that you are going to be interviewed on the ABC's The Science Program about "Climate Change Denial" ?
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    Response: Your sources are well placed :-)

    Except we already recorded the interview with Robyn Williams, just after the book launch (he had a mobile recording studio with him). I just looked up airing time, the Science Show just aired 12pm on ABC Radio today and apparently airs again on Monday 7pm.
    UPDATE: just got an email from Robyn Williams, our interview airs on the Science Show on ABC Radio at 12pm Saturday 14 May.
  10. John,

    Here is an illustration that might be helpful at the book launches in Sydney and Canberra:

    Q. How many times could Sydney Harbour be filled using the ice that melts and is lost from Greenland in just one year?
    A. More than 500 times!

    Greenland ice lost in 2009 = 286 x 10^9 tonnes = 286 x 10^12 litres
    Sydney Harbour = 560 GL = 560 x 10^9 litres = 0.56 x 10^12 litres
    Ratio = 286 / 0.56 = 511
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