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The Victorian State of the Environment Report

Posted in Research by Ferne Edwards on December 11th, 2008

A crucial document – the Victorian State of the Environment Report – was released last week. Find below an abstract of the editorial from The Age. You can also download the report here.

Victoria, a state in dangerous environmental decline
Editorial, The Age, December 5, 2008

SO MANY official reports come and go that they can disappear with little trace. Indeed, governments are often guilty of filing reports away, to be buried under the flood of recommendations into the too-hard basket. That cannot be allowed to happen with the inaugural Victorian State of the Environment Report released yesterday by Sustainability Commissioner Ian McPhail. The findings are simply too critical for our future wellbeing to be ignored by Victorians, whether they be Government ministers or members of the public.

The first report to tackle the full dimensions of Victoria’s environmental issues should jolt us all into taking stock of our way of life. It comprehensively outlines how unsustainable this has become: “If everyone lived liked Victorians, almost four planets would be needed.” Rampant consumption outpaces efficiency gains such as recycling: 60 per cent of waste is now diverted from landfill, but total waste output per person doubled between 1993 and 2006. “We simply cannot continue to maintain our standard of living through the gradual and continued degradation of the natural environment,” Dr McPhail warns.

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