At the 2013 Green Oration Nobel Laureate for Physics, Australia’s Brian Schmidt, leader of the High-Redshift Supernova Search Team, described the discovery of Dark Matter and 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 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.
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.
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.
In 2010 we were very lucky, and honoured, that Dr David Suzuki agreed to be the inaugural Green Oration speaker.
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.