On Borrowed Time

A powerful and passionate book arguing that Australia does have the knowledge and resources to tackle our environmental problems.

There is no doubt that Australia's environmental problems appear huge and overwhelming. Not only is our unique natural heritage under threat but the consequences for agriculture, tourism and the economy may be catastrophic. Can anything be done to halt the destruction? + Full description

In this powerful and passionate book, On Borrowed Time, David Lindenmayer argues that Australia does have the knowledge and resources to tackle our environmental problems. In addition, he outlines creative and impressive solutions we can all be a part of. As one of Australia's leading ecologists, Professor Lindenmayer delivers a timely message about the scale and urgency of the crisis we face.

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On Borrowed Time describes:

  • The uniqueness of Australia's biodiversity and environments — Australia is the only megadiverse nation with a developed economy
  • The state of Australia's ecology after 200 years of white settlement — the continent has the worst biodiversity loss record of any place on earth and rates of land degradation that are virtually unparalleled elsewhere
  • The 10 key issues that must be tackled urgently.

Visit the On Borrowed Time Learrning Resource online to access teaching and learning units and two decision-making interactives.

Reviews

"This book is an entertaining, well-written account of the state of Australia's environment and some broad strategies for arresting its decline. The non-specialist target audience will gain the most from its contents - and I hope it enagages as many of these people as possible."
Gary Luck, Ecological Management & Resoration, Vol 9, December 2008