The highest court in Massachusetts has dealt a victory to four teenage plaintiffs in a lawsuit over climate change. In a case brought by the teenagers and environmental groups, the state Supreme Court found Massachusetts failed to fulfill its legal obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet. In a statement, 17-year-old plaintiff Shamus Miller called the ruling a “historic victory for young generations advocating for changes to be made by the government. The global climate change crisis is a threat to the well being of humanity, and to my generation, that has been ignored for too long.”
Giana Amador, Research Analyst at the Center for Carbon Removal, discusses finding ways to empower communities through food versus “turning [people] off from the idea that they should be changing at all.”
Richard Heinberg speaks on his newest book, covering the short-term nature of the recent North American oil boom and the financial bubble that supports it. Heinberg covers the implications of the 2016-2017 peak in unconventional output by providing essential information for any community facing the false promises of companies planning to extract reality
Event Partners Include: Village Vancouver, Post Carbon Institute and the UBC Sustainability Initiative
Richard Heinberg is a Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost Peak Oil educators. This is his plenary talk at the Economics of Happiness conference, held in Portland, Oregon, in February 2015. The conference was organized by Local Futures, a non-profit organization that has been promoting a shift from global to local for nearly 40 years. For more information about the conference or Local Futures’ work, go to www.localfutures.org
E.F. Schumacher, author of Small is Beautiful, called Alan Chadwick “the greatest horticulturist of the 20th century.” Using the Biodynamic French IntensiveMethod, which he developed, Alan led the movement that pioneered organic gardening and farming in North America. But Alan Chadwick was far more than an accomplished horticulturist. He taught, prodded, cajoled, and berated his many students until they became competent, authentic, and creative human beings; or at least that was his goal for them, as he would settle for nothing less. As Allen Kalpin, a long-time Chadwick apprentice, once said, “He was a gardener of souls.”
Welcome to Transition Studies. To prosper for very much longer on the changing Earth humankind will need to move beyond its current fossil-fueled civilization toward one that is sustained on recycled materials and renewable energy. This is not a trivial shift. It will require a major transition in all aspects of our lives.
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