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 she has campaigned to free remaining hostages held by the FARC and helped those released readjust to their new lives.
“The first thing we must defeat is our scepticism. Do not let us think of what we have not achieved, but of what we can do and what we must achieve,” says Ingrid.
Dr David Suzuki is an internationally renowned scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster who has spent more than 40 years educating people about science and environmental issues.
His 2010 sold-out Green Oration focussed on his legacy: the summation of the lessons he’s learned over the years that he thinks will be useful for future generations.
“Not long ago, hurricantes, tornadoes, floods, drought, forest fires, even earthquakes and volcanic explosions were accepted as ‘natural disasters’ or ‘acts of God’. But now we have joined God, powerful enough to influence these events.”
- David Suzuki, The Legacy