Last year I heard a speech by Professor Jeff Sachs which crystalised a lot of things for me. (Sachs is a Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University.)
I’m giving a speech myself soon at The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. It’s for Design Week and it’s about ‘the importance of creativity for sustainability’. In preparing I’ve found myself coming back to Sachs’s talk at Sydney Uni.
Reason being Sachs puts the whole damn thing in context. He describes how we got to where we are now, how special our time is, and how we are at a watershed moment in human history where we’re going to have to make a fundamental shift to a sustainable economy.
In this post I’ve included a synopsis of the Sach’s speech and links to a podcast of it. I’ve also posted some notes from my proposition that creativity is going to be key in re-thinking and changing how we live.
Posted in Books, Climate change, Leaders, Phil Stubbs, Podcasts, What you can do
Tagged big ideas, change, creativity, Design Week, economy, environment, Environment Show, Jeff Sachs, Phil Stubbs, Powerhouse Museum, revolution, solutions, sustainability, sustainable, sustainable development, sustainable economy
Just at the time Australia is launching into an emissions trading scheme, the EU one appears to be faltering. Eek. In this post we’ve collected links to articles and videos on the European scheme and the political stoush that’s happening here in Oz. (We predict it’s only a matter of time before the Opposition here cotton on to the European failings.) And of course there’s the question of – what the hell is an emssions trading scheme anyway? Plenty of people wouldn’t have the foggiest. We explain here at the end. Click on.
Posted in Carbon trading, Climate change, Energy, Politics, Pollution
Tagged carbon emissions, climate, Climate change, emissions trading, Emit Brokers, environment, Environment Show, ETS, Matt Dever, Phil Stubbs, sustainability
A new documentary called ‘The Future Makers’ shows how the answers to our environmental problems are there in nature itself. It includes renewable energy innovations in solar, wave and geothermal. And discusses the application of biomimicry.
You can view here the The Future Makers documentary trailer.
Posted in Climate change, Energy, Films, Video
Tagged Australia, biomimicry, Climate change, documentary, Energy, environment, film, Future Makers, geothermal energy, global warming, innovations, nature, renewable energy, solar energy, sustainability, The Future Makers, wave energy
It’s estimated governments have collectively found about $5 trillion to rescue banks and galvanize economies. Now the Head of the United Nations Environment Program and the leaders of some European countries are saying the time is right for the world to invest substantially in renewable energy. They’re calling for a “Green New Deal” to tackle our climate, oil and credit crisis together.
Listen to our interview with Senator Christine Milne on the Green New Deal.
Posted in Business, Climate change, Energy, Peak oil, Podcasts
Tagged Christine Milne, environment, green economy, Green New Deal, podcast, sustainability, sustainable, The Greens
Lots of people dream of making a ‘sea change’ to escape the rat race of the city. Some people even do it.
But how many leave with the intention of living sustainably? To live on the land, grow their own food, generate their own power and water, and even restore their new patch closer to its original, natural state. James Woodford and his family are working on just that.
Audio: Interview with James Woodford about his new book ‘Real Dirt’.
Posted in Agriculture, Books, Climate change, Consumerism, Podcasts, What you can do
Tagged audio, book, Books, environnment, interviews, James Woodford, journalists, podcast, Real Dirt, sea-change, sustainability
You may know Adam Spencer as a presenter of ABC Radio in Sydney and from ABC TV. But did you know he cycles everywhere and hardly ever drives?
In the lead up to ‘Ride to Work Day’, Adam goes into bat for the bike. In fact, in this interview he says what he really thinks of the constant hoo-haa about building more roads and tunnels in our cities. And doing the traffic report when you don’t drive a car.
Audio: Listen to our interview with Adam Spencer on why the bike is better.
Video: Adam Spencer also has a gentle word about the price of petrol.
Posted in Podcasts, Transport, Urban planning, What you can do
Tagged Adam Spencer, alternative transport, Australia, cars, commuting, cycling, Events, health, Peak oil, sustainability, Sydney, Transport, Urban planning
A decade ago Germanys uptake of solar energy was on par with Australia. But thanks to an innovative financial incentive, Germany has surged ahead. So much so, its renewable energy is now a mainstream industry and a leading employer in that country.
Audio: Markus Lambert explains the effect the electricity feed-in tariff has had in Germany.
The number of ‘sustainable houses’ is growing worldwide. And if you’re interested in making your place more sustainable, the best way to get going is to see one in action.
But where are they? This weekend is Sustainable House Day (which in fact runs Saturday and Sunday) when some of Australia’s best sustainable houses will be open to the public.
Audio: Interview with Judy Celmins from Sustainable House Day.
At the recent Sydney Film Festival I saw a great new documentary called ‘The Cars That Ate China’. In this podcast the director Stefan Moore discusses the background to the film and we hear a clip with Joe White, China correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.
Joe takes us to the Beijing car show and explains how foreign car makers are piling into China to make a killing in the last big score in car manufacturing.
Audio: Listen to The Cars That Ate China interview and movie podcast – part 1, Joe White and the Beijing Car Show.
Posted in Business, Energy, Films, Places, Podcasts, Transport
Tagged Business, cars, China, documentary, environment, film, movie, Pollution, sustainability, The Cars That Ate China, Transport
Western marketing has moved into China in a big way. In this podcast we hear a clip from the film ‘The Cars That Ate China’ with Tom Doctoroff from J Walter Thompson Advertising. He explains how marketers have tapped into Chinese thinking. And specifically why the Chinese have gone so nuts about getting a car.
Audio: Listen to The Cars that Ate China movie podcast – part 2, Tom Doctoroff on Chinese consumer behaviour.
Photo: decade_null, Creative Commons, Flickr.
Posted in Business, Films, Places, Podcasts, Transport
Tagged advertising, Business, cars, China, consumer behaviour, documentary, environment, film, marketing, movie, sustainability, The Cars That Ate China, Transport