The Walter Westman Lecture on Science, Humanity and the Environment

International House would like to invite International House and University of Sydney Alumni and their guests, and all interested members of the general public to their annual Walter Westman Lecture on Science, Humanity and the Environment.

Speaker: Professor Peter Newman AO

Peter Newman

Professor Peter Newman AO

Peter Newman is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University and Director of Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP). He is 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.

Lecture: Sustainability: From Despair to Hope by Peter Newman, CUSP, Curtin University


The evidence for climate change engulfing our future is overwhelming, but we are faced with denial and despair at the possibility of real change. As the world prepares for the Paris talks in 2015 on a global treaty, it is worth seeing that we are already achieving some change. The first evidence of a peak in global green house gas emissions and its decoupling from the growth in wealth is appearing. This is associated with peak investment in fossil fuels for power, peak power use and peak car use – all of which are due to combinations of technological and cultural change. These changes will be outlined and some idea of how we can manage to keep hopeful will be offered.

When: Thursday 18 September 2014
6.30pm - light refreshments
7.00pm to 8.00pm - lecture

Where: International House, Wool Room,
The University of Sydney,
96 City Road, Chippendale (next to the Seymour Centre)

Cost: Donations welcome

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