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Ten Commitments

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Ten Commitments

Reshaping the Lucky Country's Environment

Edited by:
David Lindenmayer   CRES, Australian National University
Stephen Dovers   CRES, Australian National University
Molly Harriss Olson   Eco Futures
Steve Morton   CSIRO Group Executive

264 pages

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 In Ten Commitments: Reshaping the Lucky Country’s Environment, leading environmental thinkers in Australia have written provocative chapters on environmental issues facing the nation. Each chapter includes 10 key issues that must be urgently addressed to improve Australia’s environment.

The book is organised by ecosystem, by sector and by cross-cutting themes. Topics include: deserts, rangelands, woodlands, tropical savannas, urban settlements, forestry, tropical and temperate marine ecosystems, tropical rainforest, alpine and aquatic ecosystems, coasts, fisheries, agriculture, mining, grazing, tourism, climate change, earth systems, water, biodiversity, policy and institutional reforms, the private sector, human population, health, fire, emergency management, Indigenous land management and energy.

With over 40 experts weighing in on Australia’s most pressing issues, this is a must-read for anyone interested in the environment.

  • Key leaders of major fields are authors of the chapters
  • All major themes of the nation’s environment are tackled
  • Each chapter includes a '10 Key Issues' in dot point form for rapid perusal
  • Chapters are short and to the point
  • The book is ordered according to key areas of interest – key ecosystems, key sectors, cross-cutting themes

  View a sample from Ten Commitments. 

 "The most valuable contribution of this book is that each essay also recommends possible solutions for these issues. The ideas presented in this book are often opinion-driven and therefore, contentious, but this adds to its appeal. Overall, this book provides a unique contribution of succinct and forceful ideas by leading environmental thinkers that would be of great interest to any reader concerned about Australia's future and environmental sustainability."
Jennifer Fern, Austral Ecology, Vol 35 2010

"This is a must-read for anyone interested in the environment!"
Ecotourism Australia, May 2009

"Instead of Ten Commitments, how about Ten Commandments? As in: thou shalt not trash the environment, 10 times over. I'm sure all 40 of the contributors to this book concur."
The Australian, 5 May 2009


 David Lindenmayer is a Research Professor at the ANU. He has received numerous environmental awards and was recently elected to the Australian Academy of Science. He has published over 485 scientific articles and over 20 books on Australia’s environment, particularly the conservation of the nation’s biodiversity.

Stephen Dovers is Professor and Research Convener with The Fenner School of Environment and Society at The Australian National University. His recent books include Managing Water for Australia, with K. Hussey.

Molly Harriss Olson is a Director of Eco Futures Pty Ltd, the Convenor of the National Business Leaders Forum on Sustainable Development, and an internationally recognised leader on sustainability.

Steve Morton, former Chief of CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, is a joint member of CSIRO’s Executive Team overseeing research in environment and energy. Currently, Dr Morton is Group Executive - Manufacturing Materials & Minerals.

View list of contributors from Ten Commitments.

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