Consumerism & Global Climate Change
Summer is coming earlier every year, as global temperatures continue to rise. Ocean levels are rising, too, as polar ice caps melt away. Meanwhile, the U.S economic model, with its enormous dependance on fossil fuels, proliferates around the globe. Bill McKibben’s groundbreaking book, The End of Nature, brought global warming to public attention in 1988. But was anyone listening? U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide – the key culprit in the heating up of the Earth’s atmosphere – are higher than ever. So what are the connections between this planetary crisis and hyper-consumerism?
Recorded at the Newton Public Library.
Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, is a leading environmental activist. He was one of the first to sound the alarm on climate change with his bestselling book The End of Nature. He is the author of The Age of Missing Information, Hope, Human and Wild, Deep Economy, Eaarth and The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon. He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and is the recipient of the Gandhi Peace Prize and the Right Livelihood Award. He is the founder of Third Act, which organizes people over the age of 60 for action on climate justice.