Published: 2nd Jan 2018

A new research report and engagement project explores how Australian cities can achieve rapid decarbonisation and increased resilience in the face of climate change. The report, Visions and Pathways 2040: Scenarios and Pathways to Low Carbon Living, was led by the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab at the University of Melbourne and funded by the CRC for Low Carbon Living. It describes two pathways for cities — commons transition and green growth — to achieve drastic greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The report paints a new narrative with re-empowered citizens at the vanguard of sweeping social changes already underway in cities around the world. The vision for the ‘commons transition’ pathway includes rapidly reducing consumption and shifting power structures to democratic and participative communities. The pathway to accomplish this vision, the report states, is for ‘citizens and communities to create and apply new ways of providing for themselves, building sophistication in how they manage these systems for the common good as peers. Governance and institutions adapt … (To read the full article, subscribe below)