An  ANU Student Project on Existential Threats


As part of a course on real world problems in Sustainability, five senor students at the ANU applied in 2017 to work together, for several weeks on a project on existential threats. Each student read and then prepared a review, which was offered for publication on bookseller websites, of the book "Surviving the 21st-Century" by Julian Cribb.

The five students- Emily Smith, Innie Anidita, Alexander Cox, Caitlin Buckler-Jones and Andrew Luke,  then worked on a joint report for presentation to the rest of their class, which addressed five questions. These questions were:

  1. Why is the Australian community in general and our political apparatus specifically not taking the existential threats described in Cribb’s book seriously?
  2. What will it take to put these threats at the centrepiece of national policy?
  3. If Cribb is correct in his assertion that we need to produce 50 per cent of our food in the cities and release large tract of land re-Wilding and return to nature, how could Canberra lead the way in Australia on this task?
  4. How could a national ‘Commission on Global Futures’ assist in the desirable transformative change to a sustainable future in Australia?
  5. Is the International body “Future Earth” a body fit for the purpose of generating essential global change in time? If not, what will it take?

The student report can be downloaded Here.

Add new comment

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

Australia21This website was commenced by a group of Members of The Emeritus Faculty at The Australian National University and is administered by a steering group of the not-for profit think tank, Australia21. The views expressed on this website are those of the initial author and are not necessarily shared or endorsed by the University, the Emeritus Faculty or Australia21.

Please select the link to see further details about the steering group.