Green Oration 2013 – Professor Brian Schmidt

Ingrid Betancourt, the 2011 Green Orator

In 1998 two teams traced back the expansion of the universe over billions of years and discovered that it was accelerating, a startling discovery that suggests that more than 70% of the cosmos is contained in a previously unknown form of matter called Dark Energy.

At the 2013 Green Oration Nobel Laureate for Physics, Australia’s Brian Schmidt, leader of the High-Redshift Supernova Search Team, will describe this discovery and explain how astronomers have used observations to trace our universe’s history back more than 13 billion years, leading them to ponder the ultimate fate of the cosmos.

The 2013 Green Oration will be given on Saturday 23 March, at the Hobart Town Hall.

Special interlude:  Michael Kieran-Harvey plays Donald Kay on the grand piano.

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Green Oration 2012 – Bob Brown

Ingrid Betancourt, the 2011 Green Orator

The Green Oration is the idea of former Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, who has always recognised the global importance of Tasmania producing the world’s first Green political party.

Bob wanted to stage an annual oration that would bring the world’s brightest green minds back to the birthplace of the political movement.

In its third year, then senator Bob Brown gave the 2012 Green Oration, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Tasmanian Greens and speaking about his vision for the next 40 years.

Green Oration 2011 – Ingrid Betancourt

Ingrid Betancourt, the 2011 Green Orator
In 2011 Ingrid Betancourt moved many in the audience to tears with her recollection of years held hostage by FARC guerrillas in the Colombian jungle.

Since her dramatic release from political captivity Ingrid has campaigned to free remaining hostages held by the FARC and helped those released readjust to their new lives.

Before being kidnapped Ingrid was leader of the Green Party in Colombia, elected to the Senate in 1998 with more votes than any other candidate.

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Dr David SuzukiGreen Oration 2010 – Dr David Suzuki

In 2010 we were very lucky, and honoured, that Dr David Suzuki agreed to be the inaugural Green Oration speaker.

David has just released his book, The Legacy, a summation of the lessons he las learned over the years that he believes will be useful for future generations.

The oration was a huge success, booking out the venue and leaving the audience to ponder David’s thought provoking discussion about humanity will face the challenge of preserving earth’s rich biodiversity in the face of rapid population growth, over-consumption, and exploitation of the planet’s finite resources.

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