Hear Mike Hulme, University of Cambridge, unravel how different human cultures give shape and meaning to the idea of climate.
"Rather than the old idea of a natural climate being something to which we can return, that gives us some security, that grounds and guides our actions in the world, in the future climate will be understood as reflecting our moral triumphs and failures on Earth."
This talk took place on 23 April 2018, in the Hallstrom Theatre at the Australian Museum.
HumanNature is a landmark series of talks by a stellar line up of leading Australian and international scholars. They will share with us their insights from history, literature, philosophy, anthropology and art to examine the significant interplay between the humanities and the environmental crisis we face today.
Mike Hulme is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Cambridge, UK. His work sits at the intersection of climate, history, and culture, studying how knowledge about climate and its changes is made and represented, and analysing the numerous ways in which the idea of climate-change is deployed in public discourse around the world. His latest book is Weathered: Cultures of Climate (SAGE, 2016). Previous books include the widely acclaimed Why We Disagree About Climate Change (Cambridge, 2009). He has previously held chairs at King’s College London and the University of East Anglia, where from 2000 to 2007 he was the Founding Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. Since 2008 he has been the founding Editor-in-Chief of the review journal Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews (WIREs) Climate Change.