Keynote Speakers

Notable speakers that presented the National Landcare Conference 2012 are below. These presentations were filmed and are available to view on YouTube.

Dr David Suzuki

Dr David Suzuki will be presenting ‘the legacy’ via interactive video link and we will also get the chance to ask him questions.

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Dr David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for science, the United Nations Environment Program medal, the 2009 Right Livelihood Award, and Global 500. Dr Suzuki is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and holds 28 honorary degrees from universities around the world. He is familiar to television audiences as host of the multi-award–winning, long-running CBC science and natural history television series The Nature of Things, and to radio audiences as the original host of CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks, as well as the acclaimed series It is a Matter of Survival and From Naked Ape to Superspecies. In 1990 he co-founded The David Suzuki Foundation to work with “government, business and individuals to conserve our environment by providing science-based education, advocacy and policy work for social change that today’s situation demands”. His written work includes more than 54 books, 19 of them for children. Dr Suzuki lives with his wife, Dr Tara Cullis, and family in Vancouver, B.C.

Tim Flannery

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Ever seen Tim Flannery on the ABC’s Q&A program and wished you could ask him a Landcare question? This is your chance! Tim will take part in a Q&A style panel session at the conference on the topic of Landcare to Lunchbox – the balance of food production.

Tim Flannery is on a mission. He believes that human activity is drastically altering the earth's climate, and that before too long these changes will have a devastating effect on life on this planet. He wants to mobilise the social and political will to address this problem before it is too late.

That is why Tim Flannery wrote The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth. In this important and provocative book, which debuted on The New York Times bestseller list, Flannery tells the fascinating story of climate change over millions of years to help us understand the predicament we face today. In authoritative yet accessible language, Flannery carefully lays out the science, demonstrating the substantial, human-induced climate change and the likely ecological effects to the planet if this process continues. He then proposes a game plan to halt, and ultimately reverse, this damaging trend. The Weather Makers has sold over a million copies worldwide, and is proving to be one of the most pivotal and influential texts in our understanding of global warming.

Mia Freedman

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Be motivated by the highly successful Mia Freedman as part of the Opening Plenary Session in a motivational presentation called ‘Landcare, Be Heard!’, presented with author Peter Fitzsimons.

Popular columnist, author, blogger and media personality, Mia Freedman has been called the voice of her generation.

As a former magazine editor and chair of the National Body Image Advisory group, Mia continues to be a high profile advocate for a more realistic portrayal of women in the media.

Having begun her career as a magazine work experience girl aged 19, she now embraces old and new media with her acclaimed Sunday newspaper column, regular TV appearances, award-winning website mamamia.com.au and the highest number of Twitter followers of any journalist in Australia.

Mia's second book, Mama Mia A Memoir of Mistakes, Motherhood & Magazines was released in 2009 and details her rise to the top of the media tree and the surprising things she learned personally and professionally when she decided to walk away from her high-flying corporate life to pursue a different kind of happiness.

Peter FitzSimons

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Peter Fitzsimons will combine with Mia Freedman to run the ‘Landcare, Be Heard!’ presentation offering motivational tips to get the Landcare community heard.

Peter FitzSimons is a rugby star, best-selling author, well respected columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald and a television presenter on Fox Sports.

He speaks four languages, has played rugby for Australia, co-hosted radio shows with Mike Carlton and Doug Mulray, interviewed famous people around the globe from George Bush to Diego Maradona and written over twenty best-selling books including Batavia, Tobruk, Kokoda, A Simpler Time, Little Theories of Life and biographies on Douglas Mawson, Nancy Wake, Nene King, Les Darcy, Steve Waugh, Nick Farr-Jones, Kim Beazley, John Eales and Charles Kingsford Smith. In 2001 he was Australia's biggest selling non-fiction author, duplicating that feat in 2004 with Kokoda.
One of the ten most popular after-dinner speakers in Australia, he is married to Today Show co-host Lisa Wilkinson and they have three children.

Born on a farm in Peat's Ridge, Peter went to Knox Grammar School, before accepting an American Field Service Scholarship to go to Ohio for a year. He returned to complete an Arts degree at Sydney University majoring in government and political science.

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