Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 

Getting 'The Weather Makers' to the Opinion Makers

Press release
31 October 2005
immediate

Getting The Weather Makers to the Opinion Makers

Wellington man Neil Brown, owner of the publishers’ sales agency Archetype Book Agents, has taken the unprecedented step of contacting political and business “movers and shakers” directly with copies of Tim Flannery’s book The Weather Makers: The History and Future Impact of Climate Change.

CEOs and leaders of companies and organisations including the Greenhouse Policy Coalition, the Business Roundtable, Federated Farmers, Mobil, Toyota and political parties have all received copies in an attempt by Mr Brown to spark intelligent debate.

A letter was included with the book which in part states, “Following a period in which acceptance of mankind’s influence on global warming seemed to be increasing; we are now seeing a disturbing swing back to the scientifically discredited belief that the current changes being experienced in climate are nothing more than a natural variation.

I hope that this credible and readable book by one of the world’s leading scientists will change the minds of those who have not yet accepted the need to take immediate action to secure our future. The most vital issue currently facing the world is climate change. I urge you to read this book. If you do, you will have no choice but to act on it.”

A firm believer in the potentially catastrophic consequences of unchecked climate change, Neil Brown has taken the unusual step of sending copies to people he knows hold opposing views on the subject. Unlike most books’ publicity mailings to literary editors and sympathetic reviewers, this is a heartfelt move by Mr Brown to foster debate and awareness of the issue, whether it causes sales or not.

A reasoned and scientific survey of climate change, The Weather Makers has met with huge acclaim from the scientific community and the media in Flannery’s native Australia; and with considerable, and heated responses from critics.

“It would be hard to imagine a better or more important book,”­ says Bill Bryson, acclaimed bestselling author.

“At last here is a clear and readable account of one of the most important but controversial issues facing everyone in the world today.”
Professor Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs And Steel and Collapse, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the US National Medal of Science, member of the US National Academy of Sciences, and Professor of Geography at UCLA.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Hospitality NZ: Hospitality Wages Jump 9% To Pass Living Wage
Wages and salaries across the hospitality sector continue to increase despite businesses having to battle through some of the toughest trading periods in living memory... More>>



Climate Leaders Coalition: Launches New Statement Of Ambition, Appoints New CEO Convenor

The Climate Leaders Coalition is tonight officially launching a new Statement of Ambition to accelerate business action on climate change... More>>


Retail: New Law Paves Way For Greater Supermarket Competition

Legislation that bans major supermarkets from blocking their competitors’ access to land to set up new stores paves the way for greater competition in the sector, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Dr David Clark said... More>>



MYOB: New Data Shows Increase In SMEs Experiencing Stress And Anxiety

The lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a surge in the number of local SME owners and operators experiencing stress and anxiety, according to new research from business management platform, MYOB... More>>



Carbonz: Cashing In On Carbon: The New Marketplace Helping Native Forest To Thrive

The country’s first voluntary carbon credit marketplace, Carbonz, is here to restore native biodiversity and help Aotearoa reach its carbon zero goals by selling the first carbon credits exclusively from native forest... More>>
Entrust District: Dividend Will Be Welcomed After Another Tough Year
We’ve all heard of the saying; “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” but for Aucklanders within the Entrust District, getting their share of Entrust’s 2022 annual dividend payment really is as good as it sounds... More>>