Category Archives: Economics

So is the Earth full or is abundance our future? #TED2012

TED 2012 is underway and they have been posting some of the talks to their website. Here is a pair of talks which showcase different views of where we are in the world right now – each of them linking to our units on Environmental Science. You can also follow them on the Guardian’s liveblog.

In the first, Paul Gilding states that “The Earth is full,” but that it takes times of real crisis for us to create solutions and climb out of the hole we have dug for ourselves.

In this one, Peter Diamandis argues that we are living in a time of abundance and that human ingenuity will get us out of our problems.


EDIT – 4th March

These talks which have also been published are relevant to the issues we are studying in class. Have fun watching them!

Daniel Pauly: The ocean’s shifting baseline

Paul Snelgrove: A census of the ocean

300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds (video)

A 5-minute overview of the use of fossil fuels, industrial revolution and consumerism, produced by the Post Carbon Institute. Where are we now? In a time of need for resilience and inventive solutions. Click here for excerpts from their post-carbon reader.

Do something useful – do science.

The Story of Electronics (video): cut down the ‘stuff’ this holiday

Tis the season to be jolly – and to ask for new shiny gadgets to replace the still newish, slightly less shiny doodas we already have. But how often do we really think about the impacts of our disposable culture?

Watch Annie Leonard’s clip on the story of electronics and take principled actions this holiday season.

For more videos like this, check out her YouTube channel or book.

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