Speeding towards dangerous climate change
Public forum: 15 June 2008
Hear what the world’s leading climate scientists are discovering about the speed of climate change, the potential impacts on our way of life, and what we need to do to safeguard our future.
- Sir Rod Eddington has recommended we spend $18 billion on transport infrastructure, but says this will have ‘minimal’ impact on transport emission trends. Meanwhile transport emissions are forecast to grow by more than 60% over 1999 levels by 2020. Can we do better?
- Government ministers claim freeways offer environmental benefits and getting more ‘clean’ cars on the road is the solution, but are they effective?
Guest speakers include:
David Spratt is a climate-policy analyst and co-founder of Carbon Equity. Together with Philip Sutton, David co-authored Climate Code Red which meticulously documents extensive scientific evidence that the global warming crisis is far worse than official reports and national governments have indicated — and that we’re almost at the point of no return.
Dr Patrick Moriarty
Paddy Moriarty is an Honorary Research Associate at Monash University undertaking research in areas such as urban land use and transport and alternative energy. Paddy is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Australasian Centre for the Governance and Management of Urban Transport (GAMUT) at the University of Melbourne and has published extensively on alternative fuels, energy efficiency and transport systems.
Elliot Fishman is a policy advisor with the Cycling Promotion Fund and Director of the Institute for Sensible Transport. Elliot has recently co-authored a report on the health benefits of cycling and what governments need to do to encourage more people to ride instead of drive.
Daniel Bowen is president of the Public Transport Users Association, and a frequent commentator on transport issues in Melbourne and Victoria.
When: Sunday 15 June 2008, 2.30pm – 5pm
Where: Supper Room, Melbourne Town Hall, cnr Swanston & Collins Streets, Melbourne
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Slides from David Spratt, from the book Climate Code Red (PDF, 1610Kb)