Sustainability Drinks Sydney is held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Loft Bar, Ultimo, between UTS and Prevue Eyewear just 4 min from Central Station. Entrance is free but please register.

We are very pleased to announce Haydn Washington, Author and Visiting Fellow, Institute of Environmental Studies, UNSW to talk at Sydney Sustainability Drinks on Wednesday 10 June on the topic of his new book Demystifying Sustainability: Towards Real Solutions.

Much has been said about the terms ‘sustainability’ and ‘sustainable development’ over the last few decades, but they have become buried under academic jargon. This book is one of the first that aims to demystify sustainability so that the layperson can understand the key issues, questions and values involved.

Click here for a sneak preview of Dr Haydn Washington’s talk on Radio National’s Ockham’s Razor.

We will be giving away a signed copy of the book on the day so don’t miss it!

Demystifying Sustainability

SPEAKER

Haydn Washington, Author/Environmental Scientist
Visiting Fellow, Institute of Environmental Studies, UNSW

Dr Haydn Washington is an environmental scientist with a 38 year experience over a broad range of environmental issues. He has worked in CSIRO on heavy metal pollution of rivers, worked as an environmental consultant in business, worked extensively on total catchment management, and worked in local government as a Director of Sustainability. He has also been active in environmental NGOs and is a past Director of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW, and 4-time councillor of ACF. He has a long involvement with Wollemi and Gardens of Stone national parks. He is also a co-director of the NSW chapter of the Center for the Advancement of a Steady State Economy. He is an environmental writer of 5 books – ‘Ecosolutions’ (1991), ‘A Sense of Wonder’ (2002), ‘The Wilderness Knot’ (2007), ‘Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand’ (2011) and ‘Human Dependence on Nature’ (2013).

 

BOOK

Demystifying Sustainability: Towards Real Solutions

What is sustainability? Much has been said about the terms ‘sustainability’ and ‘sustainable development’ over the last few decades, but they have become buried under academic jargon. This book is one of the first that aims to demystify sustainability so that the layperson can understand the key issues, questions and values involved.

Accessible and engaging, the book examines the ‘old’ sustainability of the past and looks to the future, considering how economic, ecological and social sustainabilityshould be defined if we are to solve the entwined environmental, economic and social crises. It considers if meaningful sustainability is the same as a ‘sustainable development’ based on endless growth, examining the difficult but central issues of overpopulation and overconsumption that drive unsustainability. The book also explores the central role played by society’s worldview and ethics, along with humanity’s most dangerous characteristic -denial. Finally, it looks to the future, discussing the ‘appropriate’ technology needed for sustainability, and suggesting nine key solutions.

This book provides a much-needed comprehensive discussion of what sustainability means for students, policy makers and all those interested in a sustainable future.

 

Make sure you are there to join in the fun.

An open invitation is extended to all who are “passionate about sustainability” to come and mingle with like minded people and listen to a speaker share their sustainability story.

Scheduled from 6pm-9pm, most of the evening is networking. There is a short presentation from our main speaker at 7pm with guest speakers following.

When you register to attend, please share with your social networks and encourage other interested friends and colleagues to register and join us for a great evening.  Our volunteers can have professional name tags ready for collection at the door. For courtesy, please contact us if you register and then cannot attend.

No need to print tickets, simply register for free online 24 hours prior to the event to get your own personalised Sustainability Drinks name tag. Late arrivals can also register at the door.

 

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