Neil served in the Australia Defence Force for 30 years with operational service in Iraq and Timor Leste. He led projects in several remote indigenous communities and played a key role in Defence’s response to Victoria’s 2009 ‘Black Saturday’ disaster. He is a Director of the Institute of Integrated Economics Research, and the consultancy Collaborative Outcomes which provides strategic advice on resiliency and humanitarian action. Neil is an Engineering Executive and is Deputy Chair of the Engineers Australia College of Leadership and Management Board. Through Engineers Australia and other NGOs Neil has led policy development on humanitarian engineering, and the advancement of indigenous engineering. He has worked with Engineers Australia and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute on energy policy for several years and in 2019 Neil co-edited a policy report “Designing for resilient energy systems: Choices in future engineering”. He is currently undertaking higher degree research at the university of New South Wales – Canberra on Energy Resiliency and Foresight.
As ex-Service members and experienced practitioners of national and international security, we recognise that climate change is a fundamental threat to all Australians.
Admiral Chris Barrie AC (RETD)
Former Chief of the Defence Force
The first duty of Government must be the safety and security of its citizens. Today, the Government is failing to address the growing impacts of climate change and therefore failing to protect its own people.
Air Vice-Marshal John Blackburn AO (RETD)
Former Deputy Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force
With some of our closest allies already acting on climate security risks, Australia is being left behind. We call on the Australian Government to urgently undertake a comprehensive Whole-of-Nation Climate and Security Risk Assessment.
Former Director of Preparedness and Mobilisation, Australian Department of Defence
This critical review is a key step to fill the major strategic gap that currently exists in Australia. It is only through understanding the risks posed by climate change that we can then mitigate these clear and present dangers.
Major Michael Thomas (RETD)
Former Major in the Australian Army
It is only through fully understanding the degree of risks posed by climate change that we can form sound solutions to match the speed and scale of the crisis.