21 October, 2011

Sustainabl​e Business Weekly QLD Edition [Transform​ation, Coal, SSEE Silo smashing, Legacy, Cilmate Adaption]

The Necessary Transformation
Paul Hawken – "The Necessary Transformation: Business, Industry, Government & Community in a Rapidly Changing World"

1 November 2011 from 10:45am to 12:30pm at Z-Block Auditorium Z-411, Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Point

At this not-to-be-missed special event: Paul Hawken, author of Natural Capitalism, Ecology of Commerce and Blessed Unrest and touted as the inspiration of John Anderson and Interface carpets; Al Gore and Bill Clinton.

Paul is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, and author. His work includes starting ecological businesses, writing about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with heads of state and CEOs on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy.

Listen to the distinctions that Paul draws about the changes that are taking place around the world and how they are spreading internationally and here in Australia. Engage in a powerful conversation about what is possible rather than settling for what is practical.

Cost: Free, No RSVP required, Limited seating

Coal Mining a Nature Refuge
You are invited to have your say on the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Galilee Coal project, including:
• the project's potential environmental effects
• whether the EIS adequately addresses the terms of reference
• whether the strategies proposed by the project proponent will effectively manage the project's impacts.

The EIS will be evaluated by the Queensland and Australian Governments under a parallel process.

A massive coal mining project in central Queensland has set off a debate about the future of one of the nation's land conservation schemes.

If approved, the Galilee Basin proposal by Queensland billionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer would be the first mine to be allowed in a nature refuge.

Half of it will become an open cut mine, while the other half will be significantly affected by long-wall mining.

Clive Palmer's Waratah Coal plans on exporting 40 million tonnes of coal a year from the Galilee Basin project, earning about $4.6 billion per annum.

It would also inject about $1 billion annually into the coffers of the Queensland and Federal Governments.

For public and administrative convenience, the Coordinator-General will receive all submissions on behalf of both Governments.

The Australian Government Minister for the Environment and the Coordinator-General will consider your submission as part of their evaluation of the EIS.

Submissions close at 5 pm on Monday 7 November 2011.

SSEE’s escaping Silos
This is your last chance to participate in Australia's first truely zero eco-footprint international conference.

Engineering has made the world an amazing place to in which live safely, enjoy good health and longevity, and build economic wellbeing.

However, society is facing some very serious challenges with climate change, biodiversity loss, resource depletion, corporate governance failures and unchecked population growth in some of the most desperate countries on earth. These five issues together are severely testing our planet’s capacity to support life, and maintain our current economic paradigm.

In Paul Gilding's words "society is currently facing a great disruption". This disruption will turn current economic thinking upside down - we are coming to the end of economic growth based on material wealth.

Engineering lies at the heart of, or is impacted by all of these issues. As the world’s recognised problem solvers, engineers need to turn their attention to new ways of addressing, and finding solutions to these problems. Business as Usual is simply not an option.

Join us at Escaping Silos to hear Paul Gilding tell it as it is, but also show us how human ingenuity can bring us through to a new economic paradigm.

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre 24 - 26 October 2011.

I have often wondered, how will history treat our current crop of Political Representatives and how will they be remembered. What is the legacy that will be left to future generations in terms of the environment, economics & social structures?

AWA Climate Change Adaptation Planning Course
In response to a call from AWA members, this course on the 23 November 2011 will assist attendees in developing a better understanding of the adaptation risks their organisation face due to climate change. It will help them to take the first steps in developing a climate change adaptation plan and identifies tools that will support them in implementing their plan.

This is to be achieved by stepping through a complete planning process, demonstrating application through scenario's and real life case studies.

At the completion of the course, attendees will have developed a plan of action to build upon once back in the workplace. For further details please see the AWA website

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