Lighter Footprints public forum: “Does Government Matter?

Out of Step or Stepping up on Climate Action”

Where: Hawthorn Town Hall, 360 Burwood Rd Hawthorn

When: 6:30 for 7:00pm, Wednesday November 12

Professor Peter Newman AO – Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University

Lucy Manne – Co-Director, Aust. Youth Climate Coalition; Young Environmentalist of Year

Geoff Lawler – Director, Planning & Infrastructure, City of Melbourne

Caroline de Coutuer – Exec Director, Australian Centre for Corporate Responsibility

China is now leading the world in the ‘decarbonising’ of its economy, a major environmental community forum will hear.

Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University and internationally renowned speaker, will outline to the Forum that decarbonising the economy has been difficult over the past 20 years as support was needed from government to remain viable.

However, Professor Newman argues that renewable energy scale and developments in resource efficiency, green building, battery storage, electric vehicles and sustainable transport means the landscape has changed significantly.  The result is that coal and oil are peaking in their consumption and are decoupling from growth in GDP, particularly in China.

In the lead-up to the 2014 Victorian State Election, the Forum will pose the question of “Do Government’s Really Matter?: stepping up or out of step on climate action” and hear from a range of speakers presenting different perspectives on the topic.

Current candidates in the seats of Hawthorn, Box Hill, Burwood and Kew have been invited to respond to the panel and to meet with their voters in break-out  groups. All ALP and Greens candidates will be there, but no Liberal candidate has accepted the invitation. 

Lighter Footprints is a volunteer community action group which advocates for strong action on climate change by the community, business and all levels of Government.

The group meets monthly and welcomes new members.  Visit:


Public Forum prior to 2014 State Election
“Does Government Matter? Out of step, or stepping up on
Climate Action?”
Are our governments and major parties up to our greatest challenge, or are they being left behind as the world moves to address global warming?
The Panel will discuss what climate action looks like globally and locally, and will answer your questions.


Prof Peter Newman AO
Director CUSP, Curtin University
Ms Caroline Le Couteur
Executive Director Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility
Mr Geoff Lawler
City Planning and Infrastructure City of Melbourne

Ms Lucy Manne
Co-Director Australian Youth Climate Coalition


MC  – Mary Crooks 
Executive Director, Victorian Women’s Trust

State election candidates from Hawthorn, Kew, Box Hill and Burwood have been invited to comment and meet with you.

6.30pm for 7.00pm start Wednesday 12 November
Hawthorn Arts Centre (formerly Town Hall), 360 Burwood Road Hawthorn
Entry by donation, refreshments provided
RSVP preferred – Eventbrite on
or or 0411 115 186

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