The Path to a Sustainable Civilisation: technological, socioeconomic and political change

September 14, 2023
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (AEST)
Online (via Zoom)
Event series: Earth Laws Month 2023

Download Dr Mark Diesendorf's slide presentation here:

Please join us for a discussion about a fantastic new book by Mark Diesendorf and Rod Taylor, "The Path to a Sustainable Civilisation: technological, socioeconomic and political change".  In the webinar, Mark and Rod will discuss how we can transition to a new civilisation that is sustainable, socially just, healthy and less militarised. They'll offer strategies and policies for avoiding the business-as-usual path to disaster and communicate recent science in a clear and accessible way.



Mark Diesendorfis Honorary Associate Professor in the Environment & Society Group, School of Humanities & Languages at UNSW Sydney. Originally trained as a physicist, he broadened out into interdisciplinary energy and sustainability research. From 1996 to 2001 he was Professor of Environmental Science and Founding Director of the Institute for Sustainable Futures at University of Technology Sydney. His previous books include Sustainable Energy Solutions for Climate Change (2014), Climate Action: A campaign manual for greenhouse solutions (2009), Greenhouse Solutions with Sustainable Energy (2007); and Human Ecology, Human Economy: Ideas for an ecologically sustainable future (co-editor, 1997).


Rod Tayloris a freelance science and technology writer, journalist and broadcaster. His book, Ten Journeys on a Fragile Planet (2020), has received strong positive reviews and been the subject of numerous public appearances. He is co-editor of the new book, Sustainability and the New Economics (Springer, 2022). His weekly science column and other articles have been published in Fairfax and now Australian Community Media masthead papers for over 13 years. One of his columns was featured in Best Australian Science Writing (2018). He has also written several pieces broadcast on national radio by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

The authors’ website for the book is


Dr Michelle Maloney is the Co-founder and National Convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) and holds undergraduate degrees in politics and law (ANU) and a PhD in environmental law and regulation from the Griffith Law Futures Centre. Michelle’s books, journal publications, interviews, podcasts and speaking events can be accessed on her profile page: