7 November 2018
Photo: Victor Benard
Environmental education is powerful in generating positive change when we show how solving environmental problems can create jobs and alleviate poverty. Photo: Victor Benard

GCI Adjunct Associate Professor Chris McGrath has told a Gold Coast conference we need to fight for recognition that nature is the foundation for prosperity.

In an address entitled: “Use whatever imperfect tools you have to fight for solutions”, Dr McGrath argued that society needed to overturn the pervasive – and false – narratives that say protecting the environment costs jobs.

“Environmental education is powerful in generating positive change when we show how solving environmental problems can create jobs and alleviate poverty,” he proposed.

“The path is not easy and the political headwinds are strong but we need to fight for solutions using whatever imperfect tools we have.”

His keynote address told the story of his journey through the law and teaching to fight for solutions to protect the environment.

The address is available online here.

Dr McGrath also provides case studies of environmental litigation and simple explanations of environmental law in Australia.

 

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