Published 16 January 2014
Sustainable Materialism in Practice: Flows of food, water and energy.
Sustainable materialism refers to new approaches to the way human communities supply basic needs from the environment. The desire for environmental sustainability has spawned an interest in changing the very material relationship with resources and the non human realm.
This symposium will address merging frameworks and practices around the flows of water, food and energy. We feature ideas from different parts of the world as well as Australian practices in developing sustainable material relationships within human and nonhuman environments. The aim of the symposium is to draw from particular examples. For instance, speakers will address, Indigenous knowledge about water care, the postcolonial effects of mining, carbon offset policies, new ways of creating sustainable supply chains in the fisheries of British Columbia and urban practices for sustainable food sourcing. The objective of the symposium is to build sustainable and multidisciplinary research networks in this area.