G21 to present at Ecocity World Summit

G21-Geelong Region Alliance will contribute to and tap latest global insight while presenting at the Ecocity World Summit in Melbourne on Friday (July 14).

The high-profile forum addresses the way humanity builds its homes – its cities, towns and villages – and key presenter will be Al Gore, the former US vice-president and chair of the Climate Reality Project.

G21 chief executive officer Elaine Carbines will lead a group presentation outlining challenges and opportunities in pursuing the ideal of nurturing Geelong as the best possible regional Ecocity.

Group members will also seek feedback from world experts on what Geelong can do to lead the way in making transitions.

“Being part of the Ecocity World Summit on behalf of Geelong is a great acknowledgement and presents us with a powerful opportunity,” Ms Carbines said.

“In some aspects we are already heading in positive Ecocity directions but in others we have much to learn. Gaining insight from global leaders in the domain will be so valuable in shaping our thinking and approaches.”

Other G21 presenters will be Environment Pillar leader Tony Overman, Health and Wellbeing director Janice Lane and Arts, Heritage and Culture Pillar deputy leader Kaz Paton.

Offering responses to G21 questions will be Ecocity Builders chief executive Kirsten Miller, Public Lab Los Angeles chief executive Shannon Dosemagen and Harriet Bulkely of Durham University.

The three-day summit, with the theme Changing Cities: Resilience and Transformations opened today (July 12).

The first Ecocities forum was held in Berkeley, California in 1990 and others have been held in every second year in countries including 1Australia, Senegal, Brazil, China, India, Turkey, Canada and France.

The Ecocities website says: "The series focuses on key actions cities and citizens can take to rebuild our human habitat in balance with living systems and, in the process, slow down and even reverse global heating, biodiversity collapse, loss of wilderness habitat, agricultural lands and open space, and social and environmental injustices.

Click here to learn more about the Ecocity World Summit.