Water Journal : Water Journal May 2012
book review In this book Kirsten Davies has tackled environmental sustainability from an unusual angle -- looking at the sociology and psychology of interaction between people and their environment. She has also examined cultural and ethnic dimensions and the migrant experience. Although the book is aimed at environmental sustainability overall, inevitably water crops up as a strong theme. The result, however, is a much richer tapestry than the average water technocrat would normally encounter. Davies, who adapted her PhD thesis to create the book, begins by outlining the status of the various underpinning concepts and describes research that she conducted to compare communities in Parramatta with urban and rural communities in Goulburn-Mulwaree, a shire between Sydney and Canberra. She had found that cultural and ethnic heritage is not as important as time spent in a location, and phase of life, in determining an individual's attitude and behaviour towards sustainability. Unsurprisingly, she found that people living on the land had a greater empathy with the environment than did their urban peers. As Davies' study was contemporaneous with much of the major drought of the time, her work illuminates aspects of community responses to drought and water restrictions. The term 'intergenerational democracy' was coined by Davies, because it addressed the common thread that emerged from her research to explain how people would feel about sustainability and the environment. The conceptual model with which she proposed to examine interactions is the Sustainable Human-Ecocycle: 1. Sustainable Ecocycle 2. Knowledge & Awareness 3. Human Identity 4. Capacity & Skills 5. Behaviour 1. Sustainable Ecocycle. This closed loop is contrasted with the 'Cycle of Destruction', which is: 1. Human Identity 2. Knowledge & Awareness 3. Capacity & Skills 4. Behaviour 5. Unsustainable Ecocycle; not a closed loop. Three case studies are reported, in: Ku-ring-gai (Sydney); Sydney Water; and Espiritu Santo (Vanuatu), each of which explored phase-of-life notions of intergenerational democracy and sustainability. Of particular interest to the water audience, the Sydney Water study examined the impact of a smart metering trial on water use patterns. The author brings together the concept of phases of life and the Human-Ecocycle model and proposes a survey method, HELP (Human-Ecocycle Life Phase), which ensures that the voices of the young and the old are included in the mix when sustainability is considered. This book should help to bring greater integrity and equity to future dialogues about sustainability. The book is well referenced, but is not indexed. There are lists of figures and tables and useful appendices relating to migration to Australia and explanations and examples of relevant aspects of the author's research. -- Chris Davis, National Water Commissioner Intergenerational Democracy: Rethinking Sustainable Development Author: Kirsten Jane Davies Published by Common Ground, Champaign, Illinois 2012 ISBN 978-1-61229-08-9, 249pp RRP: US$35.00 (Hardcover); US$10 (e-Book) Think pipe couplings -- Think KCES Coupling YOU to SUCCESS PIPE JOINING SOLUTIONS Still using 19th Century technology? Bet you wish you were paying 19th century wages... NEW! STRAUB-PLAST-PRO NOW AVAILABLE FOR PE PIPES STRAUBTM PIPE COUPLINGS only have a maximum of three bolts, so installation is easy and quick. A couple of bolts and a bloke with a torque wrench, versus 16 bolts? YOU do the maths... STRAUBTM PIPE COUPLINGS are also the solution for angular de ection, axial misalignment, and gaps between pipe ends. They can also be used with differing pipe materials, require no pipe-end preparation, and are reusable. Think how easy that makes removal for inspection, maintenance or repairs. STRAUBTM PIPE COUPLINGS. Where space is con ned. And for where it isn't. For more info about StraubTM products and how they can help you save time, money and hassle, call (+61) 3 9728 3973 or visit www.kces.com.au for a video demo or a quote.
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