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An Extraordinary Low Carbon Journey

03/11/2021 6:30 pm
03/11/2021 8:00 pm



Sustainable Living from the Streets of India to Middle Class Australia
What’s It About?

Many of the solutions to the climate crisis require other people (politicians, corporations etc) to change. But we have limited power over them. The only person we have with full power to change is ourself. This seminar looks at the ways we can change our own lifestyle to have a much lower carbon footprint, and thereby be part of the solution to the crisis.


Mark Delaney and his family have radically re-shaped their lives with extraordinary living choices in both Australia and India. They lived for 20 years in one room in the slums of India without refrigeration or even running water. Their mattresses doubled as a couch and their toilet was a shared hole in the ground.


The next phase of their radical experiment was returning to Australia, and experiencing reverse culture shock, while trying to convince Australians of the benefits of reducing their carbon emissions amid the escalating climate emergency.

What will we cover?

Mark and his son Tom have written a book entitled Low Carbon and Loving It which challenges us to rethink our lifestyles in the light of escalating global warming. In this seminar, Mark will speak powerfully about the fulfilment that living among the poor has brought him and his family, the enjoyment of being free from possessions which no longer define their lives.


He explains that the loss of the things that most of us strive for has been an enrichment for the whole family. Living in the slums has been an inspiration to his two sons, replacing the urge to acquire and consume with an innate sense of social justice and community. His son Tom expresses a deep understanding that “nothing is as important as helping others”.


Mark will take us through the family’s journey in Australia to reduce their environmental footprint using lessons from their life in India. Learn how the Delaneys’ low carbon journey in one year has resulted in their annual carbon emissions being about half that of the average Australian.

Who will be presenting?

Mark Delaney studied at the University of Queensland, completing Law and Commerce degrees, before practising law briefly. He married Cathy in 1993 and they left for India in 1995. Their two sons, Tom and Oscar were both born in India and have spent much of their lives there. As a family they have lived and worked with the poor in slums in north India for much of the last 26 years, assisting residents to become literate, and to access government entitlements.


With the climate emergency threatening to wipe out many hard fought developmental gains in India and elsewhere, Mark’s focus has shifted to the climate emergency in the last 5 years. This led to his co-authoring ‘Low Carbon and Loving It’, with his son Tom, published in 2018.


Due to the unfolding COVID restrictions and lockdowns this will be an online seminar


Thank you to The Gordon TAFE for sponsorship of the 2021 Clever Living Seminar Series.

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