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Humanity’s Moment

Humanity’s Moment

A climate scientist’s case for hope

Joëll Gergis


Black Inc

A job that involves monitoring humanity’s self-inflicted path to extinction has to take its toll on your mental wellbeing.

Australian Climate Scientist Joëll Gergis charts her work on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, monitoring rising global temperatures and predicting the catastrophes that may result. All this against a backdrop of climate-change denialists and, until May 2022, a federal government in thrall to polluters.

Dr Gergis admits that, when faced with such a huge issue, her role as a dispassionate scientist is put aside and her mental health suffers. Helping her deal with this burden is an extensive community of climate experts around the world.

Humanity’s Moment is not all doom and gloom, though. The author points out the enormous potential human ingenuity offers, so long as we overcome what author Tim Winton calls the gaslighting by resources companies.

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