A new book on sustainability encourages small steps to transform the way we live to become more sustainable.
Motivating Change: Sustainable Design and Behaviour in the Built Environment encourages designers, architects and planners to get people motivated to change their behaviour through their design of urban areas.
Edited by University of South Australia’s Professor Steffen Lehmann and Dr Robert Crocker, the publication is the second edited by Prof Lehmann in the Earthscan Series on sustainable design.
The book is a collection of essays by academics from around the world who they hope will inspire those involved in urban design to play their part in the issues of climate change.
Prof Lehmann said people only needed to make basic changes to change the way people live.
“We live in a disposable culture where we build and buy for the short-term,” Prof Lehmann said.
“We see it in all aspects of life: we are building houses that are only made to last 30 years at the same time as we are tearing down 100-year-old buildings without reusing the materials with which they were constructed, and our mobile telephones are redundant after just a couple of years’ use.
Prof Lehmann said the most important issues needed behaviour changes at many levels – the city to the individual – and it needed to be long-lasting.