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The Sentient City Sir Nigel Swift
• Cities: the most wonderful confection ever produced by human beings
• Cities lie on the backs of the deaths of millions of animals
• Disjuncture between the wonderful vibrancy of the city and its intense destructivity
• Cities are ‘climate predators’
• A city requires a hinterland that is 100 times larger just to support it
Belgian Philosopher noted for her work about the philosophy of science.
‘In Catastrophic Times: Resisting the coming Barbarism’, 2009
• The problem with the planet is it is deaf to our repentences
• Americans taking climate change seriously collapsed between 2007 and 2011, from 71% to 44%
• Capitalism is fundamentally irresponsible
Critical Climate Change
Series editors: Tom Cohen and Claire Colebrook
• “Understood in its broad and critical sense, Climate change concerns material agencies that impact on biomass and energy, erased borders and microbial invention, geological and nanographic time and extinction events”.
• “The possibility of extinction has always been the latent figure in textual production and archives; but the current sense of depletion, decay, mutation and exhaustion calls for new modes of address,…new formats and speeds of distribution”
McCord, E.L. 2012, The Value of Species, Yale University Press
• ‘The fate of life on Earth hinges on property values’
• ‘We are trapped in a limited range of pursuits that maximise market driven results for short term gratification over character-driven results for long term fulfilment’
• ‘It was not until Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace…that we were able to realise the fascinating history inherent in each species, and to understand that extinction is forever.
• ‘Ours is a finite planet’
• ‘perhaps the lure of the marketplace has pulled us from our sanity’
• Our ‘deepening knowledge of timeless creation casts the veneer of civilisation in lesser and truer proportions’
The Great Derangement, 2016, University of Chicago Press
• The climate crisis is also a crisis of culture, and thus of the imagination.
• …there is no more vital task for writers and artists than to clear the intellectual dead wood of a vulgarly boosterish age and create space for apocalyptic thinking – which may at least delay, if not avert, the catastrophes ahead. Guardian Review
• .. ‘if the world really were in a novel—or even in a book of popular science—no one would believe it.’ New Scientist
• Climate change, Ghosh argues, is the result of a set of interrelated histories that promoted and sustained our collective dependence on fossil fuels, and it is a kind of derangement to say we want a different world but act in a way that ensures the continuance of the present one. A clarion call not just to act on climate, but to think about it in a wholly new way.”
Stockholm resilience centre
• The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment of 2005 concluded that changes to ecosystems due to human activities were more rapid in the past 50 years than at any time in human history, increasing the risks of abrupt and irreversible changes.
• the main drivers of change are the demand for food, water, and natural resources, causing severe biodiversity loss and leading to changes in ecosystem services.
• We have reached a point at which the loss of summer polar sea-ice is almost certainly irreversible
• A potential tipping point is through the on-going destruction of the world’s rainforests where climate-carbon cycle feedbacks accelerate Earth’s warming and intensify the climate impacts
• human pressure is now the dominant driving force determining the functioning and distribution of global freshwater systems
• a relatively small proportion of phosphorus fertilizers applied to food production systems is taken up by plants; much of the phosphorus mobilized by humans also ends up in aquatic systems.
• Researchers propose critical planetary boundaries, transgressing them could be catastrophic. But there is hope
Paul Gilding 2011, The Great Disruption, Bloomsbury Press
• Tipping point : systemic breakdown that accelerates and is irreversible
• Crisis point : non linear change characterized by a disruptive, relatively sudden shift in the state in the state of an ecosystem
• we need services from ecosystems but we are now trading in solvently by spending 40% more than our income
Catalyst, ABC TV, The Anthropocene, July 2017
• Scar of our existence represented in a sedimentary layer
• We have been living in the Goldilocks Zone
News Corp Australia Network, 2016
• I’m focused on Jobs and Growth / Malcolm Turnbull
Foley P and Roberts MS 2011, Edgelands: Journey into England’s True Wilderness
• Mining adjusts your sense of time
Windschester S 2002, The Map that changed the World, A Tale of Docks, Ruin and Redemption, Harper Collins
• The earth has ‘no vestige of a beginning and no prospect of an end’
Disrupting Democracy, Big Ideas podcast, ABC Radio National, aired August 8, 2017 http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/08/bia_20170808.mp3
• ‘The truth is not catching up with the lies’ Sam Roggeveen, Lowy Institute
• ‘Free speech means to be able to disagree with powerful parties’ Vanessa Teague
• ‘The news agenda is crafted by news editors….not an extra terrestrial being’ Sam Roggeveen
The Australian Newspaper
• Malcolm Turnbull’s priority needs to be to business and consumers by ensuring plentiful, cheap power. Editiorial, Sept 5, 2017
• We would not expect investment in coal-fire generation because of the uncertainty about future regulatory settings. Sept 25, 2017
• ‘People are concerned the landscape they value will be saturated by hundreds of (wind farm) towers’ Victorian MP Roma Britnell
• ‘Facts inconsistent with beliefs are dismissed, or called fake news’ Andy Thomas NASA astronaut
Radio National Science Show, ‘The Path to Zero Carbon Energy’, Robin Williams, Sept 2, 2017, http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/09/ssw_20170902_1205.mp3
• When ‘you hear some proponents saying high efficiency, low emissions coal: It’s dirty, it’s still very dirty and calling it clean coal is a lie’
Kobad Bhavnagri, Head of Australia for Bloomberg New
• 70% of worlds energy in 2017 is still from fossil fuel
Ian Gardner, Director, Ove Arup & Partners Ltd,London
Radio National, Big Ideas podcast, ‘Living ethically’, 14 August, 2017
• ‘but Fair-Trade Coffee is flown in’ Rebecca Huntley, Social commentator and author
• ‘We have lost faith in Human Beings and our collective capacity to make important decisions’
Kenan Malik – a London based writer, lecturer and broadcaster
• ‘We live well, we eat well but we have bad dreams’ Michael Oondatje, Canadian author
Radio National, Sunday Extra, Sept 24
Andrew Dempster – Director, Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research; Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, UNSW
• Every culture has a connection with the moon, so mining the moon is highly sensitive. Messing with the moon has more sensitivity that mining an asteroid
• Europe is talking of settlement on the moon, USA are interested in Mars
• The idea of making a profit in space is being discussed.
• Do we have a right to colonise other planets or moons if we can’t look after our own?
• If we have this idea that we have infinite resources in space then we may behave even more badly with those resources on earth.
• Europe and China are interested in the moon, USA in Mars
• Bodies beyond the surface of the earth belong to all humans, not a specific nation-state.
Radio National, Sunday Roundtable, 24 Sept 2017
TonyWood, Director of the Grattan Institute’s Energy Program
Saul Kavonic, Analyst with Wood MacKenzie, a global company that provides analysis on the energy
Rosemary Sinclair, CEO of Energy Consumers Australia
• TW: The greenhouse gas emissions have not gone down in a way we need if Australia is to contribute to climate change mitigation
• RS: Energy consumers don’t have confidence that the energy market have their interests at heart..it’s an essential service
• TW: Like any major disruption to any industry, the big players go on the defence and the smaller, more nimble companies go on the attack.
• RS: There should be enough gas in Australia for Australian use
• TW: Failure to integrate renewables into our energy system causes our current problems
• SK: The outlook for Australia is very positive for renewables. The transition however is the issue without compromising our energy security….this has a very economic and human cost.
• SK: Need to deal with green energy intermittency
Founder of Replenish Earth Ltd. and co-director of Kansara Hackney Ltd., the first ISO certified sustainable lifestyle consultancy in the world.
Flinders Investigator Lecture: “Replenish: A philosophy, a cause and action” Open State Festival, Adelaide, 28 September, 2017
• GDP says nothing about the wealth and assets that underlie this income
• Where does responsibility start in the construction of a city…carbon released should be factored in at the inception of a project
• We need an Ecosytem accounting methodology
• Need to challenge the assumption that growth is good
• Crowdacratic decision making
• ‘We have an issue with letting go of old ideas’, SA Premier, Jay Wetherill
• Instead of feeling overwhelmed, anticipate and be ready for challenges and create the world you want to see.
• Cities can be laboratories for trialling new ways to live
• The next 10 years are about being fearless
• ‘When I die let the world enjoy my bones’
Scary Beauty: The Future of AI in the Arts, Open State Hub
• Anthropocene : AIscene
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