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Two ECO Seminars - Climate Change & Well-being

Dr Clive Hamilton – Australia Institute and ANU

Climate Change Emissions Reduction

Indicators of Progress and Well-being

(details below)

Thursday 27 June 2002, Rutherford House,
23 Lambton Quay, Wellington.

Sponsored by:
The Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ
The School of Business and Public Management, Victoria University of Wellington;
Others (tbc)

Dr Clive Hamilton, Australia Institute, Canberra

1.00- 2.45pm Climate change policy in the short and long run

Abstract: The processes of negotiation and ratification of the Kyoto Protocol have stirred deep-seated fears amongst fossil-based industries and conservative commentators around the world. Yet as the Protocol approaches entry into force, attention is now turning to the economic costs for those nations that fail to ratify. Moreover, the global push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has only just begun. The shift to a low-carbon world will require far-reaching changes to energy economies, but governments have induced similar structural changes before. A few studies of 'deep cuts' are now beginning to paint a picture of radically different, but eminently achievable, energy economies.

4.00pm-6.00pm New measures of national progress and their implications

Abstract: In keeping with the international movement to build better measures of progress than GDP, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has recently released a report titled Measuring Australia's progress. It reports on 14 indicators of social, economic and environmental change to provide an overview of Australia's wellbeing. These developments will be considered along with other measures such as the Genuine progress Indicator.

Venue:
Lecture Theatre 3, Ground Floor, Rutherford House, Downtown campus of Victoria University of Wellington, Bunny St & 23 Lambton Quay (northern extension of Lambton Quay), Wellington.

Friday 28 June
Clive Hamilton will give the opening Keynote speech to the ECO conference (Powhiri at 10.00am) on "Progress and Wellbeing" at 11.00am the Massey University Campus, WELLINGTON, off Wallace St, at Block LT100, Block 4.. For registrations for this contact ECO 04-385-7545

Dr Clive Hamilton is Executive Director of The Australia Institute, an influential independent policy research centre based in Canberra. He is also a Visiting Fellow in Public Policy at the ANU and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney. He has published extensively on climate change and energy policy, measures of well-being, environmental economics and industry policy.

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