Date & Time: 
Thursday 11 October 2018

[Due to high demand, we've increased the number of tickets available for this event.]

When the barbecue discussion in Bendigo or Brisbane, Adelaide or Alice Springs focuses on how many rooftop solar panels you have and how much money you are saving, you realise that you are living in very interesting times.

The sun that blesses our country cares not that our politicians are incapable of deciding on an energy policy that meets our needs for consistent and a­ffordable electricity while simultaneously reducing greenhouse gases.

Australia leads the world in per capita installation of roof top solar panels. We are dotting our sunburnt and windblown country-side with solar and wind farms. Cattle and sheep graze around them and farmers benefit. Pumped-storage hydro-electricity is the back-up.

Mother Nature’s electricity has become cheaper than electricity generated from coal, gas and other fossil fuels.

A new economy is on the horizon.

Join Tor Hundloe and Keeley Hartzer for the Brisbane launch of their timely new book that explores how the introduction of solar energy is destined to change the world.

Bookings essential as places are limited for this world-first preview evening.


Tor Hundloe

Tor Hundloe

Fondly known as the Green Viking, Professor Tor Hundloe is recognised as Australia's pioneer of environmental economics, having been at the forefront of research, teaching and practical management in this field for almost four decades.

He was one of the founding academic staff at Australia's first undergraduate Environment school, at Griffith University.

Tor was also the inaugural Professor of Environmental Management, at UQ.

A former shearing shed roustabout, wool classer, pay clerk, and taxation assessor, Tor has served as President of the Queensland Conservation Council, Councillor of the Australian Conservation Foundation, a founding member of the Queensland and National Environmental Law Associations, founder and president of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand, Environment Commissioner for the Industry Commission and Chair of Keep Australia Beautiful.

In 2003, he became the first Australian to be awarded an Order of Australia in recognition of his contribution to environmental economics.

Professor Hundloe writes regularly for The Courier Mail and occasionally for The Australian, and, in addition to numerous research papers, reports and texts, has published two books in a planned trilogy: From Buddha to Bono and The Planet of Thinking Animal.

He has also Chaired the Wet Tropics Management Authority and the Australian Ecotourism Certification program.

Tor’s PhD was on fisheries economies.

He has published widely on fisheries matters, including a book on the economic characteristics of the Great Barrier Reef fisheries, and has edited a book on fisheries management.

Awards and recognition

  • Awarded Order of Australia (AM) in 2003 for contributions to: environmental economics, coastal zone management, ecotourism, fisheries and protected area management

  • Awarded Centenary Medal in 2003 for contribution to education.

  • Awarded United Nations Association of Australia Individual Award in 2009 for being a pioneer in the environmental field.

  • Fellow of the Environment of Australia and New Zealand (FEIANZ).

  • Profession of Environmental Science and Management, Bond University.

  • Emeritus Professor, Global Change Institute

Tor’s previous book ‘Adani Versus The Black-Throated Finch’ was released by Australian Scholarly Publishing in March 2018.


An early career environmental scientist, Keeley Hartzer is grew up in Cairns and the Atherton Tableland. As a consequence she became familiar with the Barron Falls hydro-electricity scheme and Queensland’s first wind farm on Windy Hill, Ravenshoe. This stirred her interest in renewable energy.

Keeley’s Honours thesis explored solar electricity in the remote, mainly outback, parts of Australia. Her PhD will focus on possible solutions to energy poverty in poor countries.

She recently featured in a Totally Wild television segment (above) based on the Valdora solar farm on the Sunshine Coast.


Parking is often very challenging for visitors during peak times at St Lucia. Travel to the Global Change Institute is however quick and relatively inexpensive if you choose to travel by bus to UQ Lakes.

The Global Change Institute (Building No.20) is only a ten minute walk away from the UQ Lakes bus stop.

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Travel to the Global Change Institute is quick and relatively inexpensive if you choose to travel by bus to UQ Lakes. The Global Change Institute (Building No.20) is only a ten minute walk away from the UQ Lakes bus stop.


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