One of the world's most influential writers on climate change has won the 2015/16 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue.
Australian Tim Flannery is being honoured not only for his ground-breaking books, including The Weather Makers and Here on Earth: A Natural History of the Planet, but also for his work in promoting engagement through the Copenhagen Climate Council and Australian Climate Commission.
Flannery was named Australian of the Year in 2007 and taught at Macquarie University until 2013.
After a new right-wing Australian government abolished the Australian Climate Commission, Flannery and others created the nongovernmental Climate Council.
"Professor Flannery has played a critical and high-profile role in the ongoing conversation for how the world can reconcile global climate concerns with economic growth and prosperity," Shauna Sylvester, director of the SFU Centre for Dialogue, said in a news release.
Flannery will give a public lecture on October 14 at the Vancouver Playhouse, which will be part of a "short programming residency" at SFU.
It coincides with the release of his newest book, Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis.
His last book, Here on Earth, relied, in part, on Gaia theory to explain how the Earth is a self-regulating system capable of responding to new challenges.
In the same book, Flannery also argued that free-market ideologues had perverted Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection.