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Can humanity survive the 21st century?

Our civilisation is facing the sternest challenge in the history of our species. It consists of ten huge, man-made threats, which are now combining to imperil our future.
Julian Cribb, author of "Surviving the 21st Century", will present the Wilks Oration in Adelaide this coming Friday, August 18 at 7.30 pm.
In this powerful talk he will explore our ten greatest risks – ecological collapse, resource depletion, weapons of mass destruction, climate change, global poisoning, food crises, population and urban overexpansion, pandemic disease, dangerous new technologies and self-delusion – and what we can and should do to limit them.
Citing the world’s latest and most authoritative science, Cribb will explain clearly the focal issue of our time.
“I’m meeting many well-informed people – scientists, parents and grandparents and young people especially – who fear we may be entering the end game of human history. That civilisation, and maybe even our species, will not survive the compound dangers we are building for ourselves,” the Australian science author explains.
“ ‘Surviving the 21st Century’ looks at whether they are right or wrong. It surveys the objective evidence for these ten mega-issues – and what we can and should do as a species and as individual citizens to overcome them,” he says.
The third book in Cribb’s scientific trilogy about the human future, ‘Surviving the 21st Century’ explores in detail the scientific basis for the ten intersecting existential threats, and the importance of developing cross-cutting solutions that do not make matters worse.
The book also probes three controversial themes. The first is whether men have become dangerously unfit to lead global society and women should now take over.
The second is whether our cherished beliefs in areas such as money, politics, religion and the human narrative prevent our recognising the dangers that surround us and are hindering their solution – and how these powerful human belief systems can be re-conceived for our survival.
The third questions whether our species, Homo sapiens (wise man) is fit to bear the title and whether or not our collective behaviour can be described as ‘wise’.
‘Surviving the 21st Century’ also identifies uplifting and positive solutions, being developed around the world, to our most pressing problems. And it explores two paradigm-shattering developments in society – the evolution of the human ability to ‘think as a species’ through global connections made at lightspeed on the internet and social media, and the emergence of women as world leaders for a safer, more sustainable future.
Finally, it proposes a ‘report card’ which will enable everyone in the world to judge our collective progress towards a safer, cleaner, more sustainable future – or towards collapse.
The Wilks Oration commemorates well-known South Australian Graham Wilks, was the founding secretary of the Effective Living Centre and passed away in 2001.
The Oration will be given at The Effective Living Centre, 26 King William Road, Wayville from 7.30 to 9.30pm, on Friday August 18 2017.
The author:
Julian Cribb FTSE is an Australian science writer and former newspaper editor, with over thirty awards for journalism to his credit. The author of 9 books and 8000 media articles, his other works in this series include ‘The Coming Famine’ (UCP 2010), chosen as a ‘Book of the Times’ by the NY Times, and ‘Poisoned Planet’ (Allen&Unwin 2014).
He is available for interview by Adelaide media on +61 418639245 or email
The book:
‘Surviving the 21st Century: humanity’s ten great challenges and how we can overcome them’ is published by Springer International, 2017. See:

More information:
Jonathan Barker, The Effective Living Centre, phone 0438 012227 or email
Julian Cribb, +61 418639245, email,
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