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Dr Nate Hagens "The Converging Economic and Environmental Crisis" 10 July 2014

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Published on Jul 27, 2014

Here is a very much higher quality version of Nate's talk, very highly recommended (thanks to Søren Holm for his editing work):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Co61g...

Dr Nate Hagens "The Converging Economic and Environmental Crisis"; Minneapolis College of Art and Design, July 10, 2014

Here's a link to the slides Nate presented:
http://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/e...

Dr Nate Hagens unveils new material in this talk. For the first time Nate includes a section on 'what to do' in both a philosophical and a practical sense. Referring to background for this new material, Nate states "without grasping energy, economy/money, human behavior and environmental limits as a whole, one can't accurately assess 'what to do'".

In Nate's words, this lecture "...synthesizes the economic and environmental constraints facing global nations with a backdrop of human individual and aggregate behavior. The conclusion is that unless we find new, extremely large scale energy sources (renewable or other) the current system of institutions, policies, claims and expectations will have to change, and many of the reactions to this new flat-to-declining economic trajectory will clash with prominent environmental issues like climate change, ocean acidification and biodiversity. Ultimately, whatever the future brings, humans have wrought large scale changes to the biosphere, but they have also figured out where they came from, what they are doing and have a chance to morph from 'pillagers to stewards'. This will be a severe challenge but for the sake of future generations of humans and other species it is essential we make this radical change in our thinking and actions".

Dr Nate Hagens is a well-known speaker on the big picture issues facing human society. Nate's presentations address the opportunities and constraints we face after the coming end of economic growth. On the supply side, Nate focuses on the interrelationship between debt-based financial markets and natural resources, particularly energy. On the demand side, Nate addresses the evolutionarily-derived underpinnings to status, addiction, and our aversion to acting about the future and offers suggestions on how individuals and society might better adapt to what's ahead. Ultimately, Nate’s talks cover the issues propelling our species (and others) into the long emergency.

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