Earth works, future foundations
The environment continues to be damaged by human activity. More of the world’s populations live in cities than ever before. How do we build energy-efficient, sustainable environments for diverse, potentially conflicted, communities?

    The Orange Catastrophe

    When: Saturday 22 October at 10AM

    Where: Elder Hall

    Speakers: Prof David Mabberley

    The world citrus industry could well collapse in the coming years. The history of the devastating disease responsible for this is explained in view of what this means for the sustainability of agricultural exports as well as native biodiversity in Australia on the one hand, and the frightening reliance of humanity on a minute range of the world’s plant resources on the other.

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    Presented by: BOTANIC GARDENS SA

    Sustainable jobs in sustainable communities

    When: Saturday 22 October at 11:15AM

    Where: Elder Hall

    Speakers: Heather Smith, Prof John Spoehr, Sean Williams

    A sustainable future means more than renewable energy and environmentally sound food production. How will citizens earn a living? Hi-tech jobs in a global digital work space? Looking after yourself in a local organic co-operative? Who will build the houses, fix the taps, keep track of the accounts? Will it be you? Will the robots take over? Will the value we place on time, money and possessions change?


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    New lives for older people

    When: Saturday 22 October at 11:15AM

    Where: Hetzel Theatre

    Speakers: Dr Helen Barrie, Dr Victoria Cornell, Dr David Panter, Prof Karen Reynolds

    With people living longer than ever before, what are the opportunities and challenges as we age in the 21st century?

    Presented by: UNITCARE

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    Resistance and persistence

    When: Saturday 22 October at 2:30PM

    Where: Open State Hub

    Speakers: Dr Pallave Dasari, Prof Sarah Robertson, Prof Alex Brown, Prof Steve Wesselingh

    Will we ever see the end of disease? Can the social inequities in health ever be eliminated? If not, what does the future of medicine look like? What might ‘good health’ mean to the next generation?

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    Roads to ruin, pathways to prosperity

    When: Saturday 22 October at 5:15PM

    Where: Open State Hub

    Speakers: Prof John Spoehr

    South Australia came through the global financial crisis in much better shape than expected. We weathered the global economic storm but the high Australian dollar was a wrecking ball on manufacturing, and collapsing commodity prices ended the mining boom. Now we face closure of the automotive manufacturing industry and perhaps our steel industry. All this threatens to plunge South Australia into economic stagnation and rising unemployment. We know how to avoid this, but will we?

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    Who’s leading our energy transition?

    When: Sunday 23 October at 11:15AM

    Where: Elder Hall

    Speakers: Heather Smith

    clclimAround the world, a community energy revolution is underway. Citizens are having varied success in provoking change within the energy regimes of their countries. Energy companies, governments and regulators are operating under one paradigm while citizens demand another. South Australia is at a critical point in its transition to a renewable energy future but will it take a citizen-led uprising to get us where we need to go?

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