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Madlands

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Anna Rose, environmental activist and co-founder of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, goes on a journey around the world with former Liberal Party powerbroker Nick Minchin in tow. She's on a mission: to see if she can change the mind of one sceptic, and with him, the views of a nation confused about the science behind the biggest threat humanity has ever faced.

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Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Melbourne University Press
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Alex Rogers
Very good. Fascinating insight into the world of climate deniers, with particular relevance for Australians, who are suffering under a denialist PM. Interesting insight that denial is driven not by lack of belief in the science, but for the most part, clashing ideologies - truly accepting climate change has truly awful implications for the free-market fundamentalists, and many would almost rather do anything than accept that their ideology is the problem. I hadn't really grasped that, and it was ...more
Paul
This is the story of a young Australian environmental advocate, Anna Rose, taking on a former government official, Nick Minchin, who is a frank skeptic about human-induced climate change. They travel the world, interacting with partisans of varied persuasions, working hard to change each other’s mind. The project will be boiled down into an hour of “reality” television to lay these disputes before a mass audience.

Though it’s written from the viewpoint of the ‘believer’, if you will (a co-founde
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Lisa Walker
Madlands is a behind the scenes look at the ABC documentary – I Can Change Your Mind on Climate Change. To produce the program, climate change campaigner Anna Rose and climate sceptic and Liberal Party powerbroker, Nick Minchin lived in each other’s pockets for four weeks. They travelled from a parched farm in NSW to a climate station in Hawaii to the Barrier Reef. The premise of the program was that each of the protagonists would get the chance to try to change each other’s minds by introducing ...more
John Gordon
A journey to change the mind of a climate skeptic. For starters I have to give credit to Anna Rose for not completely losing it with Nick Minchin; I would not have been so patient. Put a climate change activist together with a denier (a better label than skeptic) and you have a volatile mix.
The back ground is the making of an ABC documentary where our two debaters must travel the world together and meet various experts (or otherwise) in an attempt to change one anothers minds. While the book is
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Susan Paxton
Australian activist Anna Rose has written an interesting book about her adventure filming a documentary for Australian TV with conservative politician and climate change denier Nick Minchin. At the behest of a film crew, they travel around the world visiting with people they've each selected (and a few picked by the documentary's producer) to try and convince the other of the justice and truth of their respective positions. Of course it's a waste of time; climate change denial is a religion prom ...more
Anita
Must confess I skimmed some of the more technical and scientific content. The book is fascinating as an insight into how people form their views and hang onto them, and a very interesting exploration of values-based decision making and mindsets.
Also fabulous insight into the challenges of making the doco and of the strength and determination of Anna to use the opportunity to reach out to the audience, genuinely engage Minchin and not 'lose it' at any time.
Bill Porter
Not quite a five star but close enough. Anna Rose identifies the three major issues, viz sucessfully selling the message, handling the rabid extremists at either end of the spectrum and lastly the very human trait of accepting only that evidence which supports your entrenched views. Madlands works because it doesn't preach, but it shows you where to go to become better informed.
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