Sustainable Materialism

Sydney Ideas

Sydney Ideas Panel discussion: What is Sustainable Materialism: An Environmentalism of Everyday Life

What is sustainable materialism? Do our choices about what we eat and where, how we get about everyday, and where we live matter … and to whom? How does sustainable materialism affect us as individuals, as a society, locally and globally?

A panel discussion brought together distinguished international scholars to ask them what they think about these tough questions. From Iceland, Gisli Palsson brings years of research into sustainable fishing and knowledge of European efforts to instill these practices in policy. Eric Enno Tamm has inaugurated a highly original traceability scheme in Canada, which ties fishers together with big retail, and consumers. John Meyer comes to us from the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität where he is working on a practical politics of sustainability. Together with University of Sydney professors David Schlosberg (Politics) and Elspeth Probyn (Gender & Cultural Studies), they will outline ideas about how to embed environmental sustainability in everyday life.


  • John Meyer, Humboldt State University,
  • Gisli Palsson, University of Iceland
  • David Schlosberg , University of Sydney
  • Eric Enno Tamm, Ecotrust, Canada

Sydney Ideas 29 November 2012