WASTE NOT, WANT NOT: Creating a Circular Economy

The Edge Auditorium, State Library of Queensland

Summary

Imagine a society devoid of detritus

As the world becomes increasingly urbanised, how do we also become sufficiently sanitised? Imagine a world where rubbish, in all its forms, becomes intrinsic to the cycles of human existence, rather than a by-product.

For this to happen, waste worldwide needs to be re-used, recycled and reformed… but most importantly, it needs to be valued within our modern world.

Our expert panel in all things discarded will share innovative ways to reimagine and repurpose waste, and examine whether science and technology can work their magic in time to save humanity from drowning in its own detritus.

Image courtesy of Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco. Artwork, collection of di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, Napa, CA.
Chester Arnold
Thy Kingdom Come II, 2000
Oil on canvas; 72 x 86 inches

 

FEATURING

Tanya Ha

Participant

Tanya Ha

Tanya Ha is an award-winning Australian environmental campaigner, best-selling author and science journalist. She is also a media commentator on science and environmental issues, a behaviour change consultant, and was...

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Christine Blanchard

Participant

Christine Blanchard

Christine has a background in environmental health and has worked in local government across Australia for more than thirty years. She has a special interest in waste management and resource...

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Joyanne Manning

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Joyanne Manning

Joyanne Manning is a chartered civil engineer and certified Practising Project Director, and is Arup’s Australasian Resource and Waste Management Business Leader.

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Veena Sahajwalla

Participant

Veena Sahajwalla

Veena Sahajwalla is an X-ray vision superhero whose work is revolutionising recycling science to unlock the wealth of resources embedded in the many complex and toxic wastes currently destined for...

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Location

State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Information for Teachers

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