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20 February 2006 - Famed conservation biologist, Professor Norman Myers, to tour Australia      

Famed conservation biologist, Professor Norman Myers, to tour Australia

Sydney, 20th February 2006

Humane Society International’s ‘Extinction Denied’ program and the Australian Government are sponsoring a speaking tour to Australia by Professor Norman Myers next month.

Professor Norman Myers does not believe in environmental doom and gloom, rather he preaches environmental doom or boom. He is coming to Australia in March to advise Australia’s business leaders and policy makers that it need not cost the Earth to save the Earth and that there are profits aplenty for businesses that are environmentally progressive and better lifestyles for all of us in an environmentally secure world.

Professor Myers, from Oxford University, is one of the world’s most renowned conservation biologists who gained international fame through his invention of the biodiversity hotspots concept, and was one of the first scientists to warn, back in the late 70s, of the threat to global security through the destruction of tropical rainforests and the mass loss of species that was likely to result.  He is the recipient of a prestigious list of international prizes and has been an adviser on environmental matters to several Prime Ministers and United Nations bodies.

During the tour Professor Myers will be meeting with business leaders, politicians and key government policy makers, bringing an important message that what’s good for the environment is good for business. He will also be warning of environmental degradation, including climate change, and a looming wave of mass species extinctions and what it might mean for political and economic security in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

The Australian Government is supporting Professor Norman Myers’ speaking tour to build awareness of the importance of biodiversity conservation. Australia is one of the most biologically diverse countries on the planet.

Professor Myers will be in Australia from 4th to 22nd March and giving lectures in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.


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