Public talk - Treating our societal addiction to growth

World renowned Ecological Economist Professor Robert Costanza from the Australian National University will give a public talk about societal addiction to growth and how therapies successful for treating individual’s addictions can be utilised to help build positive sustainable futures for communities.

Professor Costanza’a transdisciplinary research integrates the study of humans and the rest of nature to address research, policy and management issues at multiple time and space scales, from small watersheds to the global system. 

Catchments Otago looks forward to welcoming Professor Costanza to Dunedin and warmly invites members of the public to attend this free event.

Wednesday 10th April, 6pm. St Davids Lecture Theatre, University of Otago, Dunedin


Societies, like individuals, can become addicted to patterns of detrimental and unsustainable behaviour. We can learn from successful therapies at the individual scale, like motivational interviewing, which engages addicts in a positive discussion of their goals, motives, and futures. One analogy at the societal level is community engaged scenario planning; engaging entire communities in building consensus about preferred alternative futures. Effective therapies are possible, but require a re-balancing of efforts.