This paper is also an urgent call to heed the need for rapid proliferation of LCL principles and projects, and their mobilization across the built environment production system. It is a call to build an open market for this by creating the required regulatory and policy frameworks, and to remove all the overt and hidden ways in which fossil content is subsidised. This is no longer just urgent but has now become manifestly overdue, as a result of political delays and incumbent industry inertia. And given the importance, even primacy of cities and urban areas in global human settlements, the Renewable City – urban environments, economies, movements and systems entirely relying on renewable energy resources - is now an essential precondition to any hope to stabilising the global climate. The future of low carbon living lies in ultralow-carbon cycle balance, and, consequently, highly carbon retentive cities and regions. Or better yet: a truly carbon negative built and cultural environment, one that removes, sequesters, stores and binds greenhouse gas already in the atmosphere. This cannot be enough: a massive regenerative action agenda needs to ensue to attempt at ‘global gardening’, the un-development and re-nurturing of Earth’s biosphere.
Liechtenstein Institute for Strategic Development and as noted 2018
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The international community has increasingly recognised the need for such transformative action, not only through international agreements (such as the Paris Agreement), but also through forums such as the G7 and G20. However, going beyond an incremental approach to climate policy development and thinking 'outside the climate box' remains a challenge.
This document is the final report for a CRC Low Carbon Living project called “Transformation to Low Carbon Living: Social psychology of low carbon behavioural practice". As outlined in the introduction, the purpose of this project was to identify low carbon behaviours and then both (a) develop a short measure that could be used to measure psychological readiness in people for engaging in low carbon behaviour and (b) provide a social psychological foundation for understanding when and why people will engage in low carbon behaviour.
The CRC Low Carbon Living Launch included a Workshop for CRC LCL Participants with the aim to update participants on the CRC, its plans to date and to obtain their input into what they want to be included in the CRC LCL Research projects.
Program 2: Low Carbon Precincts presented its way forward.
From the end of World War Two, the use of public transport in Australian cities declined as the automobile industry grew and car ownership increased rapidly. Over time the car has evolved beyond being a means of transportation into being a subject of interest and a cherished part of their lifestyle for many people. In Australia, the car population is growing faster than the human population, and more than 90 per cent of Australians live in a household with access to a car. Traffic congestion has become a major problem, particularly in urban areas.