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New book from the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute steers Australians towards sustainability

MUSSE is a fortnightly newsletter designed to keep the Melbourne community up-to-date with the latest news and events around the University of Melbourne. Following is a copy of the article published on 27 June 2012.

Twenty actions which enable media, governments, individuals and businesses to contribute to a sustainable future by 2020 have been documented in a new book by the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI), with contributions from Australia’s leading public thinkers.

The book, 2020 Vision for a Sustainable Society, was edited by MSSI Director Craig Pearson, and includes chapters by Nobel Prize winner, Peter Doherty; Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Kate Auty; Chair of Moreland Energy Foundation, Monique Conheady; and former Victorian Premier John Brumby.

Professor Pearson said he hoped the book – a copy of which will be sent to all Victorian state secondary schools – provided a practical way for everyone to make a contribution at home, at school or at work.

“Achieving sustainability requires a mind shift by everyone,” he said.

“Recall the lesson from history: all great transformations start with a few people with vision who inspire many. Now is the time for each of us to make a difference.”

He said the book’s aim was to “steer” Australia towards sustainability.

“In suggesting 20 actions by 2020, it provides a map to a more sustainable future – in a society that is healthier and happier but not radically different to what we enjoy today.

“This book aims to provide Australian delegates with answers to the burning question of the 21st century: ‘Where to from here?’.”

Author of the Garnaut Report on Climate Change and Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne Professor Ross Garnaut, who wrote the foreword to the book, says what Australians do during the next few years will have a significant influence on humanity’s prospects for handing on the benefits of modern civilisation to future generations.

“This book will help Australians to understand their part in the global effort for sustainability,” he said.