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De-Growth - the Alternative to Collapse

Alex Smith | 29.06.2011 20:34 | Climate Chaos | Ecology | Energy Crisis | Sheffield

As oil and other commodities run out; climate and species crash - politicians keep promising more growth. It's an insane mantra of old economics. Two experts explain the new economy of "de-growth" at a conference June 3rd, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. Conrad Schmidt, founder of the "Work Less Party", and Dr. Bill Rees, co-inventor of the ecological footprint.

Should we wait for the oil to run out? Food to run out? For collapse?

Or can we plan our way back down, through power-down, simplification, localization?

You are about to hear two speakers from the opening panel at the latest De-Growth Conference, on June 3rd 2011 in Vancouver, Canada.

Dr. Bill Rees, co-inventor of the ecological footprint concept, and Conrad Schmidt, author and film maker, founder of the Work Less Party.

Both of these men are annoying.

Professor Rees listens and looks at all the schemes offered as solutions. Then he measures the actual results. Sometimes that isn't so pleasing, especially when we had such good intentions.

Conrad Schmidt can look a paradox in the eye. Does a hybrid car really save any energy? Is cheaper alternative energy really good for the planet?

Rude questions asked and answered.

From the Radio Ecoshock show 110629 Part 2 29 min

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