MEDIA RELEASE 24 October 2009
The Conservation Council of South Australia, the state’s peak environmental body, has unveiled its policy blueprint ‘South Australia in a Changing Climate: A Blueprint for a Sustainable Future’.
The launch will took place as a Committee for Economic Development of Australia function at the Intercontinental Hotel, North Tce, on Friday 23rd October.
The keynote address was presented by the Hon Jay Weatherill, Minister for Environment and Conservation, with distinguished speakers including Julie Pettett, the CEO of the Conservation Council, the Executive Director of the Australia Institute Dr Richard Denniss, Principal Scientist of Climate Applications at the South Australian Research and Development Institute Dr Peter Hayman, and Conservation Council Biodiversity Manager Ms Vicki-Jo Russell AM, newly appointed.
The Blueprint asks what South Australians must do to prepare for a changing climate, and questions whether current government policies are taking us in the right direction and fast enough. Are we serious about transforming economy, society and environment towards a sustainable equilibrium, or is it just ‘business as usual’?
The Conservation Council’s Blueprint has identified many steps to a pathway forward – presenting a bold and challenging vision for 2020 and beyond – confronting the problems and embracing the opportunities that climate changes poses to our environment, economy and society.
New ways of thinking and dealing with the crises we face are essential if we are to protect and restore our precious environment, enjoy a sustainable lifestyle that allows us to live within our ecological means and thrive within a carbon limited future. To ignite conversation the Blueprint provides 64 far-reaching recommendations for South Australia.
Key stakeholders from across business, government, academia and the broader community attended the event to discuss, assess, challenge and analyse this thought provoking plan.
download pdf (4.3 MB)For further information contact Ms Julie Pettett on 0417 879 439.