This week: What can we do to save the planet? And how will the world end? Sandra Peter (Sydney Business Insights) and Kai Riemer (Digital Disruption Research Group) meet once a week to put their own spin on news that is impacting the future of business in The Future, This Week.

Our guest this week: Professor Christopher Wright. You can read more from Chris on climate change on his blog Climate, People & Organizations, including climate change satire.

The stories this week

03:02 – Lifestyle changes aren’t enough to save the planet

26:14 – A brief guide to the end of the world

Other stories we bring up

Plan A and B failed. What is next for big oil?

Drones cause Saudi oil shock

Coal mining is drying out Sydney water catchments

Germany’s climate change policy is not cheap but full of opportunities

Bill Gate’s calling for changes to renewable subsidies

Bill McKibbin’s article in Rolling Stone on the maths of global warming

Could climate change really end the world

The University of California goes fossil fuel free

Bylong coal mine proposal knocked back on ‘environmental impacts’

Atlassian CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes calls for climate action

Mike Cannon-Brookes in conversation with Al Gore

Our previous discussion on insect extinction

Our previous discussion on science satire

Our previous discussion on electric buses

Event: Choose your own apocalypse – 30 October 2019


Wright, C. and Nyberg, D. (2015) Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations: Processes of Creative Self-Destruction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Mann, M. and Toles, T. (2016) The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy, New York, Columbia University Press.

Wright, C. and Nyberg, D. (2017) ‘An Inconvenient Truth: How Organizations Translate Climate Change into Business as Usual‘, Academy of Management Journal, 60(5): 1633-61. (attached)

McKibben, B. (2012) ‘The Reckoning‘, Rolling Stone, 1162: 52-58,60.

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