Are we turning the corner on global sustainability? Peter Newman

We held a lunchtime seminar with Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University and lead author on IPCC’s transport chapter, and Bridget Duley of Wellington City Council. The first signs that the green economy is happening are now showing that we can decouple environmental impact from economic growth. View the presentations and listen to Peter Newman’s interview on Radio NZ:


Are we turning the corner on global sustainability? Some global and local consequences, Peter Newman part 1 (PDF)

Are we turning the corner on global sustainability? Some global and local consequences, Peter Newman part 2 (PDF)

Is Wellington turning the corner on sustainability? Are Wellingtonians changing their habits and expectations? Bridget Duley (PDF)

There is much despair about whether the world is seriously tackling the global environmental issues that shape our age. The need to turn around the lumbering ship is clear and the first signs that this green economy is happening are now showing that we can decouple environmental impact from economic growth, especially with greenhouse gases. The leadership of cities in this process is the critical factor and the need for Wellington to continue showing leadership is clear. The new global sustainable development goals will now set the agenda for global and local politics for the next few decades.

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Peter Newman is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University in Perth. He is on the Board of Infrastructure Australia and is a Lead Author for Transport on the IPCC. Peter is an Erskine Fellow at Canterbury University in August and September. His books include Green Urbanism in Asia (2012), Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change (2009), Green Urbanism Down Under (2009) and Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence with Jeff Kenworthy which was launched in the White House in 1999. In 2001-3 Peter directed the production of Western Australia’s Sustainability Strategy in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. In 2004-5 he was a Sustainability Commissioner in Sydney advising the government on planning and transport issues. In 2006/7 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Virginia Charlottesville. In late 2011 Peter was awarded the Sidney Luker medal by the Planning Institute of Australia (NSW) for his contribution to the science and practice of town planning in Australia.

Bridget Duley leads a research and evaluation team at Wellington City Council.

This seminar was held on Monday 19 August 2013, at University of Otago Wellington.