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1 Sustainability TODAY S u s t a i n a b i l i t y sus-tai-na-bi-li-ty Sustainable Development Ecological Sustainability Ecologically Sustainable Development There are important words in our vocabulary...

2 Very small, feeling blue... Relating to a lonely planet... Sustainability TODAY

3 …the little blue planet cares for... And somewhere between the lava and the stars... Sustainability TODAY

4 a thin smear of life only 20km wide... That’s about the distance from Townsville to Cape Cleveland Sustainability TODAY

5 for billions of years she got on with life... then along came man Sustainability TODAY

6 who, from humble beginnings 300 million when Christ was around Sustainability TODAY

7 6 billion+ today started to get out of hand Sustainability TODAY

8 Right out of hand 7.6 billion by 2020 Sustainability TODAY

9 Now human activities alter the atmosphere And this causes changes in the climate Sustainability TODAY

10 occasional disagreements get out of hand just one atomic bomb can ruin your whole day atomic bomb tests Bikini Atoll Sustainability TODAY

11 meanwhile, our little brothers... fall by the wayside - 30% of mammals extinct by 2030 Sustainability TODAY

12 nature runs out of places to hide... deforestation is a principle form of habitat destruction Sustainability TODAY

13 And our little sisters... Yanonami puts on make up: unique cultures and languages are dying out Sustainability TODAY

14 Yet, we reach for the stars burning holes in the ozone layer for Pay TV and the search for life on other plants Sustainability TODAY

15 while ignoring the problems at home When disaster strikes, people are left vulnerable Sustainability TODAY

16 The human family make their presence known. 6 thousand million humans doing their business Sustainability TODAY

17 Australia’s Contribution to global light pollution 19,542,679 Aussies hard at work Sustainability TODAY

18 You can even see the Townsvillians! Hi Mum - I left the porch light on! Sustainability TODAY

19 The way we will live in · Half the world will be short of water · Urbanisation of 70% of land surface · Another 2bn mouths to feed Paul Brown, environment correspondent Thursday May 23, 2002 The Guardian The destruction of 70% of the natural world in 30 years, mass extinction of species, and the collapse of human society in many countries is forecast in a bleak report by 1,100 scientists published yesterday. The Guardian The report paints four possible futures for the world, including the current pattern of free trade and short term profit at the expense of the environment, which leads to disaster. In a second, equally dangerous scenario, security considerations dominate with fear of terror and mass immigration into rich areas. It involves a world split into rich and poor, with freedom of movement and democracy restricted and rich enclaves like Europe and North America with barriers keeping out the poor and desperate. A third offers a strong policy based option where governments try to protect the environment with international treaties with varying degrees of success. The fourth, where all decisions are based on sustainable development rather than short time gain and greed, is the blueprint favoured by the report. but the writing is on the wall… we have to change Sustainability TODAY

20 2003 – we can choose what comes next Sustainability TODAY

21 Think GlobalAct Local There is a simple answer: Sustainability TODAY

22 The world agrees on sustainable development ‘development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’. Bruntland report, 1987 Sustainability TODAY

23 National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development Australia, 1992 to protect biological diversity and maintain essential ecological processes and life-support systems development that safeguards the welfare of future generations to provide for equity within and between generations Core Objectives Australia Signs On… Sustainability TODAY

24 Some Townsville initatives Sustainability TODAY

25 Mechanism to invest in efficiency savings Sustainability TODAY

26 Toyota Prius in the TCC fleet Sustainability TODAY

27 Sewer mining for South Townsville Sustainability TODAY

28 Irrigation efficiencies Sustainability TODAY

29 Oil palms for biodiesel Sustainability TODAY

30 Windfarm to make $$$ from the wind Sustainability TODAY


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