Book Launch: Somebody Else’s Problem: Consumerism, Sustainability and Design

3 March 2017

Location

Parker Civic Gallery
Packer Civic Gallery, Hawke Building

To be launched by Vaughan Levitzke, PSM, CE of Green Industries SA. Introduction by Professor Chistopher Saint, Dean of Research and Innovation, Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment, and Director of the China Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development

Arguing that consumerism is the main engine driving Climate Change, Somebody Else’s Problem calls for a radical change in how we think about, design, make and use the products and services we need.

Rejecting the idea that individuals alone are responsible for the environmental problems we face, and also the idea that technological innovation on its own can save us, the book challenges us to look again at the systems and products we take for granted in daily life, and their historical origins and cumulative effects.

Intended for students, practicing designers and related professionals, as well as the general reader, the book challenges many of the assumptions we hold about how our environmental problems might be best solved. 

Date: March 3, 2017

Time: 5.30-7.30

Venue: Packer Civic Gallery, Hawke Building

RSVP: AADResearch@unisa.edu.au

Enquiries: Robert.Crocker@unisa.edu.au

Vaughan Levitzke is one of South Australia’s most influential environmental champions, whose work for the State Government over two decades has resulted in SA becoming the nation’s leader in resource recovery and waste reduction. Spending 10 years with the SA EPA focussing on regulation in the waste, container deposit legislation, eco-efficiency and industry sustainability, he then moved on to becoming the CEO of Zero Waste SA, and is now CE of Green Industries SA. He has won multiple awards for his work, including a Public Service Medal for ‘outstanding public service in the area of waste management reform and policy’ (January 2015).

Robert Crocker, D.Phil (oxon), teaches the history and theory of design and design for sustainability in the Art, Architecture and Design school at UniSA, and is the Deputy Director of the Australia China Centre for Sustainable Urban Development. Beginning his academic career as a historian of early modern science and philosophy, he became interested in social and environmental sustainability whilst working as a volunteer for a local pedestrian advocacy group about 20 years ago. This led him to develop an interest in other aspects of social and environmental sustainability, and particularly the role of consumption and technology in generating our present environmental crisis. This is his fifth book.

To be launched by Vaughan Levitzke, PSM, CE of Green Industries SA

Introduction by Professor Chistopher Saint, Dean of Research and Innovation, Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment, and Director of the China Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development

To be launched by Vaughan Levitzke, PSM, CE of Green Industries SA

Introduction by Professor Chistopher Saint, Dean of Research and Innovation, Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment, and Director of the China Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development

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