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.
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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
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.
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Tagged Christine Milne, environment, green economy, Green New Deal, podcast, sustainability, sustainable, The Greens
This commercial takes the p**s out of the government’s FuelWatch scheme. Made by GetUp to make the point that we need long term planning for a sustainable transport system.
Watch the FuelWatch commercial.
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Tagged cars, cities, environment, Environment Show, fuel, fuel price increases, GetUp, Phil Stubbs, public transport, sustainable, Transport
In case you hadnt noticed, the price of oil is on the march. And there’s analysts saying we’ll look back at 2008 in the years to come and think we were lucky. That petrol was cheap.
So what is happening with oil?
There’s no doubt the world’s demand for oil is increasing in a big way. What is in contention is the world’s supply.
A growing number of experts are saying we won’t be able to keep up with the world’s insatiable demand. And in fact, we’ve reached a tipping point. The term they’re using is ‘peak oil’.
In this interview, Michael Lardelli from the University of Adelaide sounds the alarm bells. Listen to the interview with Michael Lardelli on peak oil.
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Tagged Energy, environment, Environment Show, fuel prices, gas, interview, Michael Lardelli, oil, oil prices, Peak oil, petrol prices, Phil Stubbs, podcast, sustainable