Thursday, June 23, 2011

Paul Gilding, another Crazy Eddie

Just because I blog about sustainability in Detroit doesn't mean that I forget about this blog being about collapse and how to stave it off or survive it. After all, I read the description every time I look at my own blog. Case in point:

On Point on NPR: Author Paul Gilding Talks Wild Weather And Global Warming
Half a lifetime ago, Australian Paul Gilding was head of Greenpeace International.

Then the lifelong environmentalist went into business.

Now, Gilding is back with a message that the environment, and business, and all our lives are tumbling into a giant change. The tornadoes, wildfire, drought and flood the world is seeing are the trumpet blast, he says.

Climate change is upon us. It’s going to profoundly change the way we live. And much sooner than we think.

He calls it the Great Disruption. He says it’s here.

This hour On Point: Paul Gilding, on the new life he says we will live.
I listened to some of this program yesterday. Not only did Gilding talk about climate change, he brought up Peak Oil and evidence that humans are at the limits of the planet's capability to support them, including high commodity prices during a period of slow economic growth. He pointed out that we have likely reached the end of economic growth in the way that we're accustomed to making it happen. If the economy is to keep growing, then we'll have to do it some other way.

At the link is the entire program, as well as an excerpt of Gilding's book “The Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring On the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World.” Read the excerpt and listen to the program and be both enlightened and apprehensive. Then figure out what you can do.

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