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About Helen

Dr Helen Camakaris is an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne. Helen studied Science at the University of Melbourne where she obtained her Ph.D. in the Department of Microbiology in 1975. She stayed in the same Department for several decades studying how bacteria regulate genes in response to their environment. She simultaneously developed her general research skills in other areas of science, particularly as seen from an evolutionary perspective. Since she retired from active research in 2008 she has devoted all her time to studying and writing in interdisciplinary areas that relate to sustainability and climate change, evolution and psychology.

Website: http://www.aclimateforchange.org/profile/HelenCamakaris

Wanted: political leader with a vision for a sustainable future

A sustainable future remains within our grasp but – thanks to the way human brains work – only governments can implement many of the necessary strategies. Our political leaders have a unique responsibility.

Consensus politics and compromise may well be the only way that we can deal with existential threats such as climate change, food and water scarcity, and the social disruption that would inevitably follow. If the current election campaign is anything to go by, these concepts do not come easily to Australia’s political leaders. But perhaps that will change.

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