[ASC-media] Cafe Scientific at Brisbane Writers Festival this weekend: Greenies or Scientists: Who is winning the environment Battle?

Jenni Metcalfe jenni at econnect.com.au
Wed Oct 1 13:30:10 EST 2003

As part of the SCIENCE WRITERS FESTIVAL contribution to the BRISBANE WRITERS

 "Café SCIENTIFIC: The Greenies or the Scientists: Who's Winning the
Battle for the Environment?"

Sunday Oct 5, lunchtime (12.30pm) at the Terminus Hotel, 73 Melbourne St,
South Brisbane

Hosted by Dr Paul Willis (ABC's Catalyst program) and Ms Bernie Hobbs (ABC
Science Online).

With guest speakers:

Paul Kingsnorth - ecologist and writer from the UK

Prof Ian Lowe - Griffith University, journalist, scientist and

Tim Bowden - popular ABC journalist, traveller, writer and adventurer

Café Scientific is presented by ABC Science Online, the British Council
(Australia) and New Scientist Magazine.

Join us for a lunchtime beer and a bite to eat at the Terminus Hotel near
West End - there's a jazz trio ('The Coming Attractions') to keep the
atmosphere grooving and everyone is welcome to get involved in the
discussion. We'll record the event for possible broadcast on ABC Radio.

* How are environmental issues presented in the media?

* Do journalists do damage to a cause through overstatement and

* Is the truth stretched too often just to make a 'good story'?

* Does a 'doom and gloom' story encourage public support for environmental
issues? Or does it actually turn off the public? Do they feel there' s no
point even trying?

* Or do issues presented with a hopeful tone get ignored because they seem
to be coming along ok!?

What do you think?  How do you react to news stories, magazine stories and
TV shows about environmental issues.  How does it affect the action you
take? Come along and have your say in a relaxed setting and enjoy a damn
good argument with experts and everyday people and a nice cold ale.

Interview: Dr Paul Willis 0412 779 620

Inquiries: .

Econnect Communication: Jenni Metcalfe 07 3846 7111

ABC Science Outreach: Frankie Lee 0419 448847

Science Writers Festival: www.swfaus.org

Brisbane Writers Festival: www.brisbanewritersfestival.com.au

Jenni Metcalfe
Econnect Communication Pty Ltd
phones: 07 3846 7111; 040 855 1866 (mob)
email: jenni at econnect.com.au
fax: 07 3846 7144
mail address: PO Box 734 South Brisbane BC 4101
street address: 14 Horan St West End 4101

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