What is the Frank Fenner Foundation?
The Frank Fenner Foundation is a unique institution that aims to fill a gap in the public dialogue, understanding and policy response to human-driven and global-scale threats to Earth, its life forms and systems.
It is named after the late Professor Frank Fenner AC in recognition of his lifelong commitment to the health of humankind and of the natural environment.
It is an independent, non-profit and organisation with active links to the research, education, government, commercial and community sectors.
See our online magazine "A Frank Life" here: A Frank Life Magazine
See our journal "Nature and Society" here: Nature and Society Journal
The Foundation is:
- Politically independent: we are non-partisan and seek to work with all opinion leaders and decision makers
- Evidence based: we base our work on comprehensively researched science
- Collaborative: we openly work with and support others to achieve shared goals
The Foundation aims to:
- Promote understanding across the community of the human place in nature and of the full spectrum of ecological and related health issues that confront our society today.
- Promote informed dialogue among influential thinkers and leaders about the social changes necessary to achieve a biosensitive future.
- Facilitate or undertake inter-disciplinary research to improve understanding of the human situation in the biosphere.
- Establish collaborative partnerships with other research and educational institutions, government agencies, the business sector and community organisations in the context of human and ecological health.
What is biosensitivity? Click here to watch a video made by volunteer Zenia Xie to learn more!
"Microbes to Macrobes: The Story of Frank Fenner" is a documentary made by Richard Jasek, and we highly recommend it for an understanding of Frank Fenner.
Frank Fenner Foundation is a Registered Environmental Organisation and is recognised by the Australian Taxation Office as a deductible gift recipient (ABN 52 456 986 523).
The TAKE2 program initiated the Victoria’s Climate Change Pledge. This is an Australian state government led voluntary climate change pledging initiative.Targeting business, local government, communities, universities, schools and individual to work towards a net zero emissions by 2050. Member organisations advocates for climate change all with demonstrable leadership in sustainability. This program aims to provide organisation with opportunities to take action on climate change. Help protect the future of our communities and environment.
To participate, sign up on the TAKE2 website and make the universal pledge. On there create a profile page for your organisation, displaying actions you plan to do as well as the actions you have already taken. Share and promote your profile page with employees, customers, suppliers and others. Being a TAKE2 member provides a great opportunity to demonstrate to your networks the dedication and action you are taking towards combating climate change and achieving Victoria’s goal of net zero emissions.
Frank Fenner Foundation Submission to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government Housing Choices Engagement Project, providing feedback on the Housing Choices Discussion paper, November 2017
By international standards, the city of Canberra and the ACT more broadly, are examples of mostly well planned development. The initial Garden City concept understandably has changed over time; although there has been much well-considered planning and implementation, there has been some development which is not well supported by many citizens and apparently out of step with the initial vision.It is important to recognise that Canberra has some of the most far-sighted strategies for the future, including 100% electricity obtained from renewable sources, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the encouragement of innovative design and businesses, a longer term waste management goal and, generally, maintenance of a verdant and healthy local environment.
Open Society Fellowship
Are you interested in new and radical forms of ownership, governance, entrepreneurship and financialization used to fight pervasive economic inequality. Do you like to provoke productive controversy and debate. Are you an 'out of the box' thinker. Consider applying for a 2018 Open Society Fellowship applications at http://www.opportunitydesk.org
everyone to work for a biosensitive future.
THE BIONARRATIVE: THE STORY THAT COULD CHANGE THE WORLD
Jeremy Leggett's latest missive
The history and future of the global energy transition available on video
March 1 2018
The video of Jeremy's presentations to the recent conferences on 'Making Solar Bankable' can be seen here. Powerpoint versions of this presentation and 'How can investors help oil majors to commit to Paris' are available on his website, including source urls to maximise the usefulness to people who might wish to use them in some way to get the message/s out.