The latest report from the IPCC on 1.50C shows that we need to do all we can to remove fossil fuels from our economy but we cannot make the necessary adjustment to reducing CO2 in the atmosphere unless we put much more carbon back into the landscape. This needs more plant matter and more soil carbon – both mean more trees. Globally there is still more carbon being depleted from the land rather than being regenerated.
This presentation will show how critical cities are to this agenda, both in the application of biophilic urbanism into every part of the city but also in ensuring the bioregion plants trees through carbon neutral programs.
Carbon neutral can be a major source of funding for tree planting.
It is now clear how to remove coal and oil in power and urban transport through solar, wind, batteries and electric vehicles thus contributing to resolving the climate emergency in the next 12-15 years.
But what do we do with the unsolved issues such as natural gas used in industrial heat, and oil used in aviation, long distance trucking and shipping?
It is unlikely they will find a reasonable solution in this critical period. Perhaps all these need to become carbon neutral while they keep using fossil fuels, thus giving them the chance to contribute during the carbon emergency of the next 12-15 years, and planting millions of trees for their multiple benefits.
Professor Peter Newman AO
Peter Newman began in 2008 as the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University and Director of the Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute. He started as an academic at Murdoch University in 1974 and retired in 2007, the last 20 years as the Director of the Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy.
He sat on the Board of Infrastructure Australia and is a Lead Author for Transport on the IPCC. His books include ‘Green Urbanism in Asia’ (2013), ‘Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change’(2009), ‘Green Urbanism Down Under’ (2009) and ‘Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence' with Jeff Kenworthy which was launched in the White House in 1999.
In 2001-3 Peter directed the production of Western Australia’s Sustainability Strategy in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.
In 2004-5 he was a Sustainability Commissioner in Sydney advising the government on planning and transport issues.
In 2006/7 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Virginia Charlottesville.
In 2011 Peter was awarded the Sidney Luker medal by the Planning Institute of Australia (NSW) for his contribution to the science and practice of town planning in Australia and in 2014 he was awarded an Order of Australia for his contributions to urban design and sustainable transport, particularly related to the saving and rebuilding of Perth’s rail system. He was an elected Fremantle City Councillor from 1976-80 where he still lives.