Richard Denniss and the Curse of Affluenza

This is a great video in which Richard Denniss (the Director of the Australia Institute) discusses the curse of affluenza. He co-wrote the book Affluenza with Clive Hamilton and in this speech for Engineers Without Boarders, Richard gives an entertaining overview of some of the crazy situations we find outselves in.

I particular liked when he discussed how are society is good at tackling some of the big problems we face (from 7:50). For example in under 5 years we were able to solve the crisis of people with phones without video cameras!

It’s also worth hearing what Greg Combet (the Minister for Climate Change) was talking about when he said (in the paraphrase provided by Richard) “we have to mobilise Australia’s economic, manufacturing and industrial base to solve this huge problem that is going to cost tens of billions of dollars, it’s going to require concerted and coordinated effort on a scale, and a complexity, not seen in Australia before.” (From 9:45).

Transition Newcastle had hoped to have Richard speak at the Fair Share Festival, but unfortunately he was unavailable. We we will have to try to get him up some other time to speak.

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About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, environmentalist, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace, sustainability.
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