San Francisco, California, USA
London, United Kingdom
A high and sustainable quality of life is a central goal for humanity. Our current socio-ecological regime and its set of interconnected worldviews, institutions, and technologies all support the vision of unlimited growth of material production and consumption as a proxy for quality of life.
Creating a sustainable and desirable future will require an integrated, systems level redesign of our socio-ecological regime and economic paradigm focused explicitly and directly on the goal of sustainable quality of life and well-being rather than the proxy of unlimited material growth.
It will require the recognition and measurement of the contributions of natural and social capital to sustainable well-being. This transition, like all cultural transitions, will occur through an evolutionary process, but one that we, to a certain extent, can control and direct through the process of shared envisioning and the creation of both physical and computer models.
Dr Robert Costanza is Professor and Chair in Public Policy at the Crawford School of Public Policy at Australian National University. He has had an awarded career in academia. His transdisciplinary research integrates the study of humans and the rest of nature to address research, policy and management issues at multiple time and space scales, from small watersheds to the global system. Dr. Costanza is co-founder and past-president of the International Society for Ecological Economics, and was chief editor of the society's journal, Ecological Economics from its inception in 1989 until 2002. He currently serves on the editorial board of ten other international academic journals and is founding editor in chief of Solutions (www.thesolutionsjournal.org) a unique hybrid academic/popular journal.
This event is part of the Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) Centenary Seminar Series. The CURF Centenary Seminar Series 2013 is part of the Big Issues Big Talk Centenary of Canberra project, proudly supported by the Australian Government, ACT Government and Principal Partner ActewAGL. CURF is a joint initiative between the University of Canberra and The Australian National University (ANU) to address the pressing sustainability and climate change issues of Canberra and the surrounding region.
Refreshments will be provided after the event.
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ANU Climate Change Institute
The mission of the ANU Climate Change Institute is to contribute to climate change solutions through innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to research and teaching, drawing on the wealth of expertise across the University's seven colleges, and to connect our work to governments, the private sector and civil society.