It will take major generational shifts rather than individual consumer choice.
If I can’t gain the trust and respect of the people that don’t understand how they are harming the environment, then I can’t do the work anyway.
My working definition of sustainability is a world that isn’t creating more problems than it solves.
In our physical social networks, neighbourhoods and neighbours matter – and our digital neighbours matter too.
If you take climate change seriously, you also have to discuss how to transform society, not just industry but also transforming life in society so that it will keep providing welfare.
We need infrastructure and systems to support positive environmental outcomes.
Everything around you is an engineered system – start demanding of the engineers to change things.
I would like to do the sorts of projects that 30 years down the line, if the world has gone to hell, people will say “thank god we did this”, and if 30 years down the line nothing has gone to hell and everything is fine then people will say “oh my god, I’m so […]
The pre-eminence of the economy and its treatment as if it were the point of society is so powerful, consumerism has been such a powerful force, that people believe their primary relationship is with the economy and not with their fellow members of society.
Cities all across the planet are coming from the same place – a desire to ensure that our communities are prepared to play our role in both responding to and mitigating possible future shocks.
I realised that there’s not much you can do to improve things (in urban planning) if you don’t address transport…it affects many of the public spaces between the buildings, it impacts on the energy we have to use to get from place to place, and it also has a big impact on household expenses.
An intuition of what is a kilowatt hour..it’s a fundamental thing about our society that you need to know now. And people’s intuition tends to be stunningly bad.
We have a target gazetted to reduce emissions by half by 2050, and if you look at projections, they’re way up, double by 2050. How do you join those things up? There’s currently no government statements around that. The target was put in place in 2011 but since then it’s hard to find any mention […]
The fossil fuel era is a hang-over from the hunter-gatherer era. Finding fossil fuels is something that is a bit speculative – a form of hunting, and digging it up is a form of gathering. We’ve moved away from that, most of us, 10-12,000 years ago in relation to food, we just haven’t done […]
Environmental/economic tension is rising and this overlaps with questions of social equity – who is benefiting from extraction and who is suffering ills from that?
There’s a real problem for sustainability when you start using all of the resources – you have no capacity if something goes wrong – because then if it goes wrong it goes very wrong.
Everybody needs to understand that science is not this thing that some other people do. Guy P. Harrison is author of several books on sceptism including 50 Popular Beliefs that People Think Are True and the soon to be released Think: Why You Should Question Everything. With a positive and engaging brand of sceptical […]