We discuss the nature of our modern society and take a stab at some possible futures. Sean explains his notion of self-regulating social hierarchies as machines.
We talk with David on his recent video and find that his view extends far beyond New York city, even beyond Islamic terrorists. David admits that his understands of the world - fundamentally changed by the questions he tried to answer - may seem a bit "out there" but we find him centered and confident. From the discussion he doesn't that far "out there" at all.
Carrying on from our first video on the subject of Climate Change (see below) this is our second video on the topic and the first video in a series on various aspects of the global climate change phenomenon. In this video Bob provides the background on the changes that have taken place over the last 450,000 years according to the evidence gathered by scientists from around the world.
Jeanette gave a talk at Kingston House, Kerikeri on August 12 2014 to bring together citizens concerned with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) making their way into our food supply. It has been an uphill struggle but people in the area have been largely successful in limiting the spread of these organisms in spite of the efforts by local growers who see them as a profitable option. The talk was sponsored by G.E. Free Northland - Marty Robinson (organizer).
Mr. Bingham presented a well received presentation to a large crowd assembled in the Kingston House meeting room on August 6, 2014. Bob's presentation covered many of the topics associated with the changes we now experience as extreme weather events and provides us with a historical look at large changes in the past as recorded in ice cores from the north and south poles. There were dramatic changes in the past but they occurred slowly over hundreds of years unlike the changes today.
Dr. Graham spoke, along with Bob Bingham, to a group gathered at Kingston House in Kerikeri on August 6, 2014 on the 22-year history of the IPCC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Dr. Graham's conclusions are not encouraging but his analysis of the process and its limitations are important to an understanding of the task facing those of us who wish to address climate change. While many have an abstract appreciation of governments inability to halt and then reverse the current trends, Dr. Graham gives us an 'up-close and personal' view that confirms the real value of those meetings.
How do we develop a durable set of living arrangements in the context of an increasingly chaotic climate? Dr. Guy McPherson provides his answer to this question while presenting a wealth of facts and statistics that illustrate the extent of damage humans, and in particular industrial civilization, have caused. Of particular note is the paper by Tim Garrett that was censored for two years. In addition to Dr. McPherson's colorful narrative the video feature the excellent editing skills of Will Wallace to provide a clear view of the slide information. This video is the first of three. It was presented in Auckland New Zealand June 2012.
In this segment Dr. Guy McPherson talks about ways of living that either support or destroy the living planet. We really only need four things to sustain human life, a secure water supply, good food, a means of maintaining our body temperature, and community. Up to the current era we've been living this way since the beginning. This video is the second of three. It was presented in Auckland New Zealand June 2012.
Guy answers questions from the audience. This video is the third of three. It was presented in Auckland New Zealand June 2012. Dr. McPherson addresses questions about his life on "the Rock Pile in the Desert". From knowing nearly of the many skills required to make life comfortable and enjoyable beyond the basics Dr. McPherson has managed to become a bit of an expert and is quite willing to share what he has learned.
The limits to growth are explained clearly and without the doom and gloom that sometimes hinders the message. Richard Heinberg is at the top of the list when it comes to Peak Oil and is no slouch when it comes to describing the the factual detail and graphs that accompany his talk.
Speaking to a large crowd gathered at Auckland University in September of 2012 Heinberg (Senior Fellow at the Post Carbon Institute) related oil to subjects as varied as international finance, climate change, and the growth patterns of baby hamsters making it all understandable - even logical given the paradigm of our current economic model. To conclude Heinberg, brings the focus back to New Zealand suggesting that resilience would be a better approach to our economy, dumping GDP as a measure of progress and the wider use of alternative currencies.