Curing growth: A 12-step programme | Professor Robert Costanza, ANU

Prof Robert Costanza’s systems thinking approach demands we take many more factors into account when measuring progress and sustainability. IMAGE: GETTY IMAGES; courtesy ODT

Prof Robert Costanza’s systems thinking approach demands we take many more factors into account when measuring progress and sustainability. IMAGE: GETTY IMAGES; courtesy ODT

Professor Robert Costanza, the Vice-Chancellor’s Chair in Public Policy at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, recently visited New Zealand to work specifically with Catchments Otago and the Environment Southland Regional Council. While visiting, he gave talks in Invercargill and Dunedin about Treating Our Societal Addiction to Growth (video) and Valuing and Managing Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Services (video). He led a Solutions-focussed workshop with Environment Southland and Catchments Otago researchers considering the current round of Regional Forums in Southland and spoke with Tom McKinlay from the Otago Daily Times about needing to think like an addict and talk about what we value. https://www.odt.co.nz/lifestyle/magazine/curing-growth-12-step-programme