The fallacy of endless economic growth is a must-read article, well worth the perseverance. The author examines The Limits to Growth for the lessons it contains for economists and everyone else.. It was on the money then and its largely on the money now. The ideas it contains can be found in a wider social and political context in the excellent SBS-screened documentary series All watched over by machines of loving grace. Check it via Google.
If we are to build the community response to climate change, we need a means of communicating the consequences of the value positions that we hold and the actions that result. It’s not just a matter for the ‘head; but also for the ‘heart’.
Click on the link and you’ll see the graphics that I used to accompany a presentation on Climate Change and how I reckon we got into this mess. Give me a call if I can give an updated presentation to your community group.
Mornington Peninsula Shire conducted one of the most successful exercises in community engagement around responding to climate change. Here is a discussion of the why and how they rolled out this program.
This is my history of environmental education in Australia to put with the other histories. I’ll defend this one though as for a while I had a ringside seat, I knew quite a few of the actors and was occasionally also inthe ring.
If you start with the wrong questions don’t be surprised if you get entirely unhelpful answers. It’s not the economy, stupid, it’s the environment. We need the news to show us the daily environment indicator rather than the market indicator.
Action research applied to direct observation had the potential to teach us a lot about environmental education and it seems, sex education. Our gathering of international practitioners at an action research workshop in Frascati finally solved the mystery of extreme litter – and the thesis fitted the observations comprehensively.
Waterkeepers Australia was established to support formally-consituted community advocate organisations use environment and planning laws to care for and protect their waterways. This is how and why Waterkeepers Australia caame into being.
Adapting to climate change is a fraught area when what we are adapting to is so uncerntain. Councils and other land managers have to make decisions now within this context of uncertaintly. SECCCA teamed with Marsden Jacob Associates to develop a guide for decision-making that gave a level of confidence in anticipating and responding to climate impacts. This paper sets out the ideas in Deciding for the coast, a guide for decition making.
In Australia’s increasingly variable climate, our reliance on energy for comfort, health and well-being is pretty near complete. If you can’t afford to modify your domestic environment, what can you do? Well, modify your domestic enviornment as there are things that you can do that don’t cost much money. We did a project at SECCCA to investigate this.