John Wiseman is a writer, researcher and photographer. He lives on Wurrundjeri country, near Merri Creek in northern Melbourne.

The main focus of John’s current policy and research work is on actions required to accelerate the transition to a just and resilient safe climate future. His current roles include:

  • Senior Research Fellow, Melbourne Climate Futures and Adjunct Professor, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
  • Research Fellow, Centre for Policy Development.
  • Board member, The Next Economy

John Wiseman

Hope and Courage in the Climate Crisis: Wisdom and Action in the Long Emergency

Palgrave Macmillan / eBook ISBN 978-3-030-70743-9 / Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-70742-2

As the risks of the climate crisis continue to grow, so too do the challenges of facing a harsh climate future with honesty and courage; justice and compassion; meaning and purpose. 

Hope and Courage in the Climate Crisis explores diverse sources of learning and wisdom—from climate scientists and activists; philosophers and social theorists; Indigenous cultures and ways of life; faith based and spiritual traditions; artists and writers—which can help us live courageous, compassionate and creative lives in a world of rapidly accelerating climatic and ecological risk.

Drawing on broad experience as a climate activist, researcher and policy maker John Wiseman provides a wide ranging, accessible and provocative guided tour of ideas which can inspire and sustain radical hope and defiant courage in the long emergency which now lies before us.

“A vitally important book.” Tim Flannery Author, Here on Earth 2010

“A great book to guide us into the depths of who we really are and out of the overwhelm of the climate crisis.”  Christiana Figueres Co-author, The Future we Choose and Executive Secretary UNFCCC 2010-2016

“This book focuses on some of the most creative and courageous responses to the crisis that hangs over all our lives: these are stories that need to be told and retold, so that we know we are not alone in facing this monumental challenge.” Bill McKibben Founder,