In principle, the Commonwealth and all State and Territory governments are committed to the National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development. In practice, we are not meeting any of the important criteria for sustainability as outlined in the National Strategy. Instead we are using natural resources in ways that will severely impact future generations, our society is becoming less equitable and we face serious environmental problems.
While the accelerating loss of biodiversity has not become a political issue, climate change has. A comprehensive response to that problem could be a major step toward a sustainable future. Even if such an approach garners political support, however, there will remain a fundamental obstacle to sustainability: the widespread delusion that unlimited growth is possible in a finite world.
This event, presented by Professor Ian Lowe, was the first in a series exploring sustainable futures.
Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, University of SA and Wakefield Futures Group