Living in the Clean Economy

Thursday, October 31, 2019 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Location: Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn

Lighter Footprints is excited to present Prof Tom Kompas, Prof Peter Newman and Anthea Harris on the benefits of a low carbon economy, and the case for a faster transition.

Tom Kompas is an expert in Environmental Economics and is the lead author of a high level business case on a faster transition to a clean economy for Victoria and Queensland. His work details avoiding the massive costs of inaction (conservatively $584 billion by 2030), and three to one benefits for a faster transition to a clean economy. Peter Newman AO is an IPCC Lead Author and a much lauded sustainability expert. He will bring global perspectives and a vision of what living the clean economy could bring to communities. Anthea Harris leads the newly formed Energy Group at DEWLP and brings a Victorian perspective.

Our high profile panel will consider the economic potential of the clean energy transition and strong climate action in depth. A faster transition would put Victoria in a much better position for investment and jobs, with lowered energy costs, better quality of life and health and improved agricultural prospects.

Tom Kompas is the Professor of Environmental Economics and Biosecurity at the University of Melbourne.

Peter Newman is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University – he  brings a strong background in future design – reimagining living in a clean economy.

Anthea Harris brings a dynamic perspective and clear understanding of the economics of the clean economy transition in Victoria. She was the inaugural CEO of the Climate Change Authority.

The forum will be moderated by Victoria McKenzie-McHarg, Chair of Climate Action Network Australia.