“Economics – the fast track to Sustainability”

Friday July 20th

The 2007 TCE Forum will feature Frank De Jong, leader of the Ontario Greens (Canada). He is an expert on environmental economics, having coined the term ‘the invisible green hand’ of market forces. Frank has over 20 years experience in Canadian elections and will bring a balance of political know-how and economic theory.

Economics needs to direct the behaviour of consumers towards looking after the planet. Is Carbon Trading enough?

A new economic paradigm is needed to ensure a liveable planet for future generations.

Frank De Jong will give his positive keynote “The Invisible Green Hand V the Time Famine”, then 3 panels will follow:

Policy Pathways:

Carbon Trading v Carbon taxes. A crucial point in time demands we make the correct decision.

  • Cameron Neil (Fairtrade Australia)
  • Anna Rose (Australian Youth Climate Coalition)
  • Tom Curtis (Earthsharing Australia)

Policy Possibilities:

What are the cutting edge policy options? Also, the practical examples of effective green economics at work.

  • Donna Lorenz (Maunsell Engineering)
  • Adrian Whitehead (Beyond Zero Emissions)
  • David Spratt (Carbon Equity)

Policy Makers:

What do the politicians see as possible and pragmatic? Is it genuinely possible to make policy that will stop runaway climate change? Eg, co2 below 550eppm

  • Senator Lyn Allison (Democrats)
  • Evan Thornley (ALP)
  • Richard Di Natale (Greens)

15 minutes question time will follow each panel.

The Venue:

Swanston Hall – Melbourne Town Hall (to the left of the main stairs, enter from Swanston St)


9.15 – 1pm

The true cost of avoiding a transition towards a responsible economic system is quickly becoming apparent. Let’s insure against the power of nature by following the money trail and scientifically re-directing it towards a profitable future for all generations.

Free RSVP necessary

Check Frank’s tour itinerary