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Perth’s population is small by global standards, but our physical footprint is larger than mega-cities like Tokyo or Los Angeles and our emissions per capita are among the highest in the world. 

So how do we address climate change while accommodating 3.5 million people in Perth by 2050? 

Climate Positive Perth reframes this question as an opportunity to change the direction of our urban development with respect to energy, transport, greening and built form to create a better connected, more liveable, sustainable, and decarbonised Perth. 

Climate Positive Perth demonstrates, as backed by the latest evidence, that a better future is possible. Getting there will require us to overcome a crisis of imagination and recognise that business as usual will not get us to where we need to go.

This report was developed in collaboration with a roundtable of WA’s leading experts across urban research, practice and policy. Many of the great ideas are theirs, while any mistakes are mine.  I thank them for volunteering their time and expertise. I hope this raises the debate on metro Perth’s future and what is possible.

Dr. Brad Pettitt MLC

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