Dear Friend


I am writing to invite you and members of your community to a public forum to be conducted by Christians for an Ethical Society (CES).  This forum will be continue our theme for 2015 which is: “Equity and the Human Family


Speaker: Dr Steve Hatfield-Dodds

Dr Hatfield-Dodds is one of Australia's leading thinkers on sustainability, climate change and environmental policy.  Describing himself as a “thoughtful economist”, he has spent half his career in senior policy roles in areas such as Treasury, Environment and Climate Change and half in policy-related research roles, including at the ANU where he is currently an Adjunct Professor.  He is also a Board member of the International Society for Ecological Economics and he represents Australia on the UN International Resource Panel.


Topic:  Environment or Economy: A False Dichotomy


Too often our public debate reflects outdated and simplistic thinking such as ‘our economy versus the environment’.  Such thinking will undermine our future prosperity and security.  Rather to promote sustainability we should be thinking in terms of ‘short run versus long run’.  Squandering our natural capital with no thought to the future is un-economic and poor stewardship.  Decisive action on climate change is a pro-growth strategy but the window is closing on humanity's ability to avoid dangerous climate change. Have we already left things too late?


Chair:  Dr David Hunter

Date and time:  7.30 pm Tuesday 20 October 2015

Venue: Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Corner Kings Ave and Blackall St, Barton


Donation: $5 requested to cover the cost of the forum.  Supper will be provided. 

There is no need to book – just come along.

Publicity:  It would be very helpful if you were able to display a publicity leaflet  on your notice boards.  See Attached


Who we are: The CES (Christians for an Ethical Society) is a local Christian ecumenical community organization seeking to bring issues of social justice into the public forum.  Further information on the CES can be found at


Thank you for your assistance


Heather McLaren