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Invitation to All for 1 Day Symposium MAY 6 2011

Post by duane » Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:42 pm

Dear NSF Friends

We invite you to join us at a full day symposium on Friday 6 May, 2011. The event - "Towards an Ecologically Integrative Climate Paradigm" - is hosted by the School of Social and Political Sciences, and Faculty of Arts, University of Sydney, the International Journal of Water, and the Natural Sequence Association Inc.

International keynotes will feature European research into the New Water Paradigm, exploring its potential for moving Australian responses to the climate crisis in a more ecologically responsible direction.

We also hope to move the Australian climate debate beyond the policy deadlock created by the current deeply partisan approach to climate politics. It is time to replace the politics of competition with a politics of communication.

A copy of the program is below. We will be in the rotunda at International House, City Road near Cleveland Street. Registration is at the door - Corporate $80, Waged $50, Students $10.
If you would like to attend the event, please email Duane Norris at right away, as the day is catered and spaces will be limited.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Warm regards

Ariel Salleh, Political Economy, University of Sydney
Duane Norris, Natural Sequence Association

P.S. Please feel free to circulate this, if you think it is of interest, to all your networks.


Duane Norris
Natural Sequence Farming Coordinator
81 Heath Road
Hardys Bay NSW 2257
ph 02 4360 2188
mob 0425 777 454

Dr Ariel Salleh
Hon. Associate Professor
Department of Political Economy
School of Social and Political Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The University of Sydney
New South Wales 2006 Australia



Towards an Ecologically Integrative Climate Paradigm
Re-Coupling Carbon and Water Cycles

If international climate negotiations are locked in a serious conflict between the affluent global North versus 'developing' South, Australian climate policy is deadlocked by a superficial political contest between political Right and Left. Moreover, in Australia 'economic solutions' like taxes or trading are being proffered for 'ecological problems'! This can achieve little on the ground - since economics and ecology deal with two different orders of reality. A higher level of public eco-literacy will be critical for sound climate policy.

Meanwhile, the press often plays the climate crisis as a highly antagonistic two-headed controversy between position 1 - denialists who argue that human impacts on climate are negligible, and position 2 - believers who argue that human impacts are significant and a result of carbon dioxide emissions. So far little attention has been given to a 3rd climate position, a body of scientific opinion that might help resolve many socio-political tensions by cutting to the real 'ecological bottom line'. As Michal Kravcik one of the founders of this perspective points out: 'Land use changes and water management are interconnected with climate stability. And what is more, water evaporation is actually the most important agent of energy transformation on earth'.

At international summits like Copenhagen and Cancun, attention has been deflected from this integrative climate paradigm. But recognition needs to be given to a range of first-order climate forcings and humanly induced causes of climate destabilisation as significant as carbon dioxide emissions. These include practices associated with deforestation, agro-industry, and urbanisation. The UN climate negotiations are promoting programs such as the Clean Development Mechanism, where forests in the global South are used as 'passive' carbon sinks for pollution from industrialised countries. But as Professor Wilhelm Ripl says: 'What is overlooked is the fact that intact vegetation 'actively' helps manage the small water cycle, and keep the earth cool by converting sensible heat to the latent heat of evaporation.'

The human benefits of keeping such ecological functionings intact are enormous. And 'the real bottom line' for any society, including its economy, is ultimately a healthy ecosystem. - Our challenge is to achieve a climate politics that is at once responsive to local conditions, ecologically effective, socially democratic, and globally just.

This symposium is designed to enhance public and academic awareness of interactions between water, land, plants, and climate with a view to deepening climate debate and policy. Central to this integrative approach, is an understanding of how water and carbon cycles are interconnected. Two international keynote speakers, Dr Michal Kravcik of the People and Water NGO, Slovakia, and Professor Wilhelm Ripl of the Technical University of Berlin, will initiate this discussion along with leading Australian science researchers and policy makers. However, getting the science right is only half the story. The complexity of natural processes is overlaid by other 'climate forcings', such as social conventions, economic power, cultural assumptions, and even the philosophy behind different scientific methodologies. Each needs to be taken account of in the search for sustainable ecologies and societies.

For this reason, the event is a transdisciplinary collaboration between the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney, the International Journal of Water, and the Natural Sequence Farming Association. In addition to scientific papers, the meeting will showcase climate studies from the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney - work in political economy, anthropology, political ecology, and environmental ethics. Two recent climate focused publications put together by academics from the School will be launched on the day - the International Journal of Water and the Journal of Australian Political Economy.

The symposium will interest university workers and students, the public service, business, unions, teachers, farmers, environmental NGOs, and the general public. The low Registration fee is set to make the event as widely accessible as possible.

Climate change is a contentious political issue and rightly so, but this event is designed for problem solving and to encourage innovative non-partisan networking. The program considers several competing analyses of, and solutions for, the crisis. Speakers and participants are asked to leave political affiliations outside the door; to listen with an open mind; to comment respectfully; and to look for common ground. The community needs broad alliances supporting direct hands-on ecological action for climate. The current reliance on economic solutions to the crisis simply obfuscates the problem.

Ariel Salleh, Political Economy, University of Sydney
Duane Norris, Natural Sequence Farming

We acknowledge and thank the following sponsors:


Towards an Ecologically Integrative Climate Paradigm
Re-Coupling Carbon and Water Cycles

9 - 5 Friday 6 May 2011 University of Sydney
International House, City Rd near Cleveland St

9.00 Registration
Australian Waves (Eduardo Juárez Herrera: images)

9.30 Arguments for an Integrative Climate Paradigm
Chair: Duane Norris, Natural Sequence Farming Coordinator

9.40 A/Prof Clive McAlpine, Geography, University of Queensland
Land Use Impacts on Climate Change: International Research Trends

10.00 Keynote: Dr Michal Kravcik, People and Water NGO, Slovakia
The New Water Paradigm: Evapotranspiration and Climate Change

10.30 Open mike

10.45 Break

11.00 Building Ecological Knowledge on Water and Carbon
Chair: Ms Holly Creenaune, Friends of the Earth

11.00 A/Prof Willem Vervoort, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Sydney
Water, Carbon, and Sequestration: Where Are We in Terms of Science?

11.20 Keynote: Prof Wilhelm Ripl, Ecology, Technical University Berlin
Water Loss, Carbon Loss, and Landscape Entropy

11.50 Peter Andrews 0AM, Founder of Natural Sequence Farming
Healing the Land by Re-Coupling Water and Carbon Cycles

12.10 Open mike

12.25 Launch:
Transdisciplinary Climate Studies at the University
International Journal of Water (ed), A/Prof Ariel Salleh, SSPS
Journal of Australian Political Economy (ed), Prof Frank Stilwell, SSPS
Launched by Prof Simon Tormey
Chair, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Sydney

12.45 Lunch
The New Water Paradigm and Urban Design (Marco Schmidt: images)

1.30 The Centrality of Carbon in the Climate Debate
Chair: Prof David Mitchell, Institute for Land, Water and Society, CSU

1.30 Prof Brendan Mackey, School of Environment and Society, ANU
Why Australian Forest Ecosystems are Good Carbon Buffers

1.50 Carolyn Currie, Public-Private Sector Partnerships
Carbon Trading Does Not Work: How about a Carbon Swap Bank?

2.10 Dr Stuart Rosewarne, Political Economy, University of Sydney
Social and Economic Contradictions of Carbon Pricing

2.30 Open mike

2.45 Break

3.00 Perspectives from Ethics, Anthropology, Political Ecology
Chair: A/Prof Ariel Salleh, Political Economy, University of Sydney
3.00 Prof David Schlosberg, Government, University of Sydney
Climate Change and the Tools of Environmental Justice

3.15 Prof Linda Connor, Anthropology, University of Sydney
Miners, Farmers, Mothers, and Climate Politics in the Hunter Valley

3.30 A/Prof James Goodman, Social-Political Sciences, UTS
Competing Priorities: Global climate policies versus local livelihoods?

3.45 Prof Andrew Biro, Political Science, Acadia University, Canada
Water, Climate, and the Production of Scarcity

4.00 Open mike

Re-Coupling Water and Carbon Cycles: Jobs for Ecosystem Integrity
Chair: Prof Max Finlayson, Institute for Land, Water and Society, CSU
Informal panel and open mike:
Dr Michal Kravcik, People and Water NGO, Slovakia
Dr Paul Sinclair, Australian Conservation Foundation
Major General Michael Jeffrey, Outcomes Australia
Dr Pat Ranald, Australian Council of Trade Unions
Prof Wilhelm Ripl, Technical University of Berlin, Germany

5.00 Reception


The conference is catered and space is limited.
Please email Duane Norris to confirm your intention to attend.
Registration is at the door - corporate $80, waged $50, student $10.

Early settlement of the continent by people with European cultural assumptions disrupted established interactions of water, soil, and plants resulting in lost fertility. Moreover, agricultural practices such as clearing, burning, ploughing, draining, and irrigation, have implications for global warming. Soils hold twice as much carbon as the atmosphere, and three times as much as vegetation. But carbon in exposed soil oxidises releasing CO2 into the atmosphere.
Duane Norris & Peter Andrews, International Journal of Water, No. 5

By the logic of the New Water Paradigm, it is deforestation, industrial agriculture, and urbanisation that determine climate by draining land, so that more solar energy re-enters the atmosphere as sensible heat, rather than latent heat of evaporation. Human made 'hot plates' lead to irregular precipitation and other climate destabilisation effects, but these can be mitigated through rainwater conservation and re-vegetation. This integrative paradigm combines the management of climate, water, biodiversity, and land, with implications for agriculture, forestry, engineering, urban design and regional planning.
Juraj Kohutiar & Michal Kravcik, International Journal of Water, No. 5

Under natural conditions order is created by interactions between water, temperature, chemical gradients, ground surface, and organisms. However, in the ‘developed’ landscape, order is replaced by randomness ... [In the healthy ecosystem] dissipative structures balance terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, returning short water cycles to the atmosphere. This ecosystem integrity benefits food production as well as climate.
Wilhelm Ripl, International Journal of Water, No. 5

In the interests of not frustrating the growth objective, not only are polluters rewarded for their polluting activities, capitalising on the costs they have imposed on others, but a whole raft of rent-seeking and revenue-making opportunities is presented ... Carbon capture and storage transforms the spent resources of depleted oil and gas reserves into valuable assets, and carbon trading promises to foster an extraordinary expansion in carbon futures and derivatives trade, while the forests of the South are transformed into sequestration sites to help the polluters of the North avoid any meaningful engagement in meeting emissions reduction targets.
Stuart Rosewarne, Journal of Australian Poliical Economy, No. 66

‘Power to the People Building Sustainable Jobs in the Illawarra’, made no mention of the global warming impacts of steel manufacturing or coal mining ... The architects of Australia’s NGO red-green alliance, the ACF’s Don Henry and the ACTU’s Sharan Burrows ... advocated expanded industries, including ‘mineral wealth’, on the back of environmental technologies ... [Astonishingly] the Green Jobs Illawarra Report to the State Government argued that coking coal was the key element of ‘green industry infrastructure’.
James Goodman, Journal of Australian Political Economy, No. 66

Many community actions are not overtly political ... and most participants would reject a cultural or political identification as 'environmentalist' (or 'greenie', which is used as a very negative epithet). But there is a significant broadening of discourses about land, nature, water and 'the environment', even among people for whom 'climate change' is an alien word.
Linda Connor, Journal of Australian Political Economy, No. 66

Getting the science right is a necessary condition of planetary survival, but it is not a sufficient condition. Taking action to reduce climate instability will mean coming to terms with - the respective roles of business-as-usual and the climate justice movement - the reliance on reductionist scientific models by governments and agencies - the modernist faith in technological solutions for ecological problems - the externalisation of risk on to those without a political voice - the lack of class, race and sex-gender reflexivity among decision-makers. The media will be critical to moving beyond the feel good macho clash between sceptics and believers.
Ariel Salleh (ed), International Journal of Water, No. 5
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Re: Invitation to All for 1 Day Symposium

Post by duane » Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:52 pm

Numbers are filling FAST.....please register QUICKLY if you are intending to come to the May Symposium.

This will be the MOST informative EVENT for the YEAR re CO2/Water and Plants and their effects on climate and agriculture!!

I promise you that you will not be disappointed, but come and make up your own mind.

It's not too late !!


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Re: Invitation to All for 1 Day Symposium MAY 6 2011

Post by duane » Thu May 19, 2011 9:37 am

The Symposium has been and gone.

To those who attended I trust it was informative and answered more questions on climate management than we have been receiving in the present two sided debate.

I am attaching a link here to the two PPP given by the Keynote Speakers from Europe- Professor Wilhelm Ripl and Dr Michal Kravcik.

Please click on this link ... px/.Public which will take you to the folder with both Willy's and Michal's presentations.

Rural Press have run some excellent articles on the days proceedings. See below:
This is very favourable coverage done by Matt Cawood from Rural Press. ... 60201.aspx ... 60230.aspx ... torypage=0

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