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On climbing trees: an Australian perspective on sustainability and political risk

Newman, P. (2004) On climbing trees: an Australian perspective on sustainability and political risk. Local Environment, 9 (6). pp. 611-619.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1354983042000288094
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Abstract

This paper examines how political risk taking is necessary for gains in sustainability. It provides a personal perspective covering some of the key turning points in Australia (and some global examples) to demonstrate how policy innovation in sustainability will always require political leaders to go out on a limb and then in hindsight the policy will be seen as obvious and normal. The key components of sustainability (vision, interdisciplinary, geographical and sectoral synergies) are used to illustrate stories of tree climbing. Some deeper levels of sustainability applied to thinking, creativity, belonging and spirituality are then used as the framework for illustrating the significance of political risk taking for sustainability.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy
Publisher: Carfax Publishing Co.,
Copyright: © 2004 Taylor & Francis Ltd.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/32737
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