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David Leser

We have an opportunity to thrive from the bounty of nature’s provenance in a new way – the sun, the wind – and coupled with the expertise of so many who are already doing this, we can transition quickly to net-zero emissions if we choose to”. 

David Leser’s May 2020 Good Weekend cover story, Call of the wild: listen up, people, time is running out, delivered a stark message to the nation as Australians emerged from the worst fire season on record, only to find themselves in the thick of a global health pandemic. 

A multi-award winning journalist and author of seven books, David is also a passionate voice on climate action, which has sprung from his deep love of – and connection to – the natural world. Having worked in Australia, North America, the Middle East, Europe and Asia for the past 40 years, David has written about – and observed close up – how we arrived at this perilous moment, and what we can do to create a better future for our children and grandchildren.

“Australia could become the renewable powerhouse of the Asia Pacific region, and that is a thrilling possibility. But we have to actually take on the people and structures that have prevented us doing this to date”. 

“We have an opportunity to thrive from the bounty of nature’s provenance in a new way – the sun, the wind – and coupled with the expertise of so many who are already doing this, we can transition quickly to net-zero emissions if we choose to”. 

“We had a Snowy Hydro scheme here that began in the late ‘40s and employed tens of thousands of people. We need an equivalent, Franklin-Roosevelt-like ‘New Deal’ – in other words, a Federal Government-led initiative to make this happen. If we want to sit at the altar of the free market, then let’s do it. Let the market dictate where we should go”. 

David Leser is an Australian author, feature writer and public interviewer.

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