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David Suzuki & Jeff Rubin: The End of Growth Tour 2013

David Suzuki & Jeff Rubin: The End of Growth Tour 2013

Economist Jeff Rubin and environmentalist David Suzuki might seem an unlikely pairing. But they’ve been touring Canada together, talking about the natural limits to growth from their very different perspectives. We listen in as they try to convince a Calgary audience that we’ve already exceeded the capacity of the planet. Jeff Rubin is a former...

New Report Examines Risks of 4 Degree Hotter World by End of Century

The world is barreling down a path to heat up by 4 degrees at the end of the century if the global community fails to act on climate change, triggering a cascade of cataclysmic changes that include extreme heat-waves, declining global food stocks and a sea-level rise affecting hundreds of millions of people, according to...

Systemic Sustainability Explained – Tom Bosschaert at the Dutch Architecture Institute

UBC Reads – Richard Heinberg on The End of Growth

Richard Heinberg examines the ongoing financial crisis, explaining how and why it occurred, and what we must do to avert the worst potential outcomes. Describes what policymakers, communities, and families can do to build a new economy that operates within Earth’s budget of energy and resources. Heinberg argues we can thrive during the transition if...

FutureCityLab Roundtable

Watch the first FutureCityLab roundtable online now: The event was hosted by Thomas Auer (Transsolar) and Colin Ripley (Ryerson University Toronto) at the FutureCityLab in Berlin (AEDES gallery). Via Green & Sexy ..

TED: Vicki Arroyo – Let’s Prepare for Our Homes and Cities for the New Climate

Great TED Talk: Set aside the politics: Data shows that climate change is happening, measurably, now. And as Vicki Arroyo says, it’s time to prepare our homes and cities for the new climate, with its increased risk of flooding, drought and uncertainty. She illustrates this inspiring talk with bold projects from cities all over the...

Passive House for Public Schools in Canada 2012

On June 5th, 3 experts in the passive house building standard presented in the library of General Gordon Elementary in Kitsilano at 7 pm. The one-hour presentation was followed by a question and answer session that helped to clarify the technical details of the passive house standard for those who were new, as well as...
Propserity Without Growth? Tim Jackson's Economic Reality Check

Propserity Without Growth? Tim Jackson’s Economic Reality Check

Great TED talk: As the world faces recession, climate change, inequity and more, Tim Jackson delivers a piercing challenge to established economic principles, explaining how we might stop feeding the crises and start investing in our future. Tim Jackson currently serves as the economics commissioner on the UK government’s Sustainable Development Commission and is director...
Amory Lovins: A 50-year plan for energy

Amory Lovins: A 50-year plan for energy

In this intimate talk filmed at TED’s offices, energy theorist Amory Lovins lays out the steps we must take to end the world’s dependence on oil (before we run out). Some changes are already happening — like lighter-weight cars and smarter trucks — but some require a bigger vision.
Jeremy Rifkin – The Third Industrial Revolution

Jeremy Rifkin – The Third Industrial Revolution

Like this one: “Join Jeremy Rifkin as he describes how the five-pillars of the Third Industrial Revolution will create thousands of businesses and millions of jobs, and usher in a fundamental reordering of human relationships, from hierarchical to lateral power, that will impact the way we conduct business, govern society, educate our children, and engage...
Jeremy Rifkin - The Empathic Civilisation

Jeremy Rifkin – The Empathic Civilisation

This presentation was featured as part of Authors@Google. AtGoolgeTalks is a series of presentations by invited speakers sponsored by Google given at various Google offices throughout the world. The Empathic Civilization is the first book to explore how empathetic consciousness restructures the ways we organize our personal lives, approach knowledge, pursue science and technology, conduct...

Bjarke Ingels at Rebuild21 – Sustainable and Livable Cities

Bjarke Ingels, Radical architect & Founder of BIG at Rebuild21 in August 2011: Sustainable cities of the future Radical architect Bjarke Ingels shares his vision on how we can create more
 inspiring, livable and yet sustainable cities for a more urban 21st century. Packed with examples Bjarke Ingels stresses the importance of Hedonistic Sustainability –...