Building a temporary solution where a longer term one is called for. Using a diesel generator, not a network. Living for tomorrow afternoon, rather than next week, or next year. Its about pushing your problems of today onto the generation after. It’s not playing a team game. It’s having two railway lines to one port, and delivering less volume of traffic than one well managed one would do. It’s about living like we’ve won the lottery, with a brash certainty like we’ll win it again.
Instead we’ve got to start….
Solving structural problems rather than creating them. It’s about planning for the future, not just going through the motions. It’s about being accountable for the results, good and bad. It’s about building a feeder bus network, rather than evermore car parks at train stations. It’s about building an integrated smart power grid, rather than a series of local ones. It’s about sponsoring the low carbon economy and helping the knowledge economy. Its about creating legacy rather than liability for the future.
Popularising home energy retrofits, so people can halve rather than double their energy bills over the next five years. Help new home buyers build affordable homes but sustainable new homes. Show that higher density living can provide a healthier and happier life and save money. Support creating city limits, to build up rather than out. Advocating energy ratings on houses for sale and rent. Raise awareness about the urgent need for light rail. Promote and implement car sharing, car clubs and electric vehicles in Perth to cost share whilst and still get around. Support research for carbon utilisation – converting carbon dioxide into useful products and lowering emissions.