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Getting serious about global sustainability


8 April 2013

How do I live my life in a sustainable, ethical way? Anyone who has asked themselves this question will be interested in tonight's Sydney Ideas talk by Professor Olivier Jolliet, a Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan.

Among the issues he will address are how to spend your money as a consumer in a sustainable way, how many 'energy slaves' contribute to your lifestyle and what fraction of pollution in China, with its 200,000 related deaths each year, are due to consumption of products in Australia.

Professor Jolliet's research assesses the environmental risks and impacts of chemicals and of innovative technologies for the whole of society. He co-initiated the United Nations Environment Program/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative which aims to manage the total life cycle of goods and services in a way that maximises sustainable production and consumption.

His Impact and Risk Modeling (iMod) laboratory tracks outdoor and indoor chemical emissions emitted over the life cycle of products, and how they spread over the world.

In this Sydney Ideas talk Professor Jolliet will discuss how his research can be applied to our daily life showing how we can act to reduce impacts on human health and take different paths towards sustainable consumption.

This event is co-presented by the Centre for Integrated Sustainability Analysis (ISA) at the School of Physics.


Event details

What: Global sustainability, are you serious?, a Sydney Ideas event

When: 6pm, Monday 8 April

Where: Foyer, New Law Building, Camperdown Campus

Cost: Free

Book now online


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