with Richard Heinberg & Helena Norberg-Hodge
This webinar serves as a hopeful antidote to the paralysis felt by many following the election of Donald Trump as the 45th USA President. In it, we go beyond the minutiae of the election campaign and explore the bigger picture.
Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and one of the world’s foremost advocates for a shift away from fossil fuels, joins Local Futures’ Director Helena Norberg-Hodge for this webinar. Together, they identified some promising strategies, particularly on the local level, for grappling with a post-Trump world, and for rediscovering the political power of community.
Topics discussed include:
- The increasingly corporatized and globalized economic system which has led to the rise of Donald Trump and counterparts in Europe
- The implications of Trump’s election for the international movement for trade justice, climate action, human rights, and localization
- Why it’s important to differentiate between progressive resistance to free trade and the authoritarian nationalism of Trump
- Most importantly, where we can go from here and how we can move forward with an agenda for positive systemic change
Read the chat transcript here.
Recorded December 14th, 15th, 2016.
Richard Heinberg (USA) is Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and is regarded as one of the world’s foremost advocates for a shift away from our current reliance on fossil fuels. He is the author of thirteen books, including some of the seminal works on society’s current energy and environmental sustainability crisis: The End of Growth (2011), Afterburn (2015), Snake Oil (2013), and Our Renewable Future (2016, co-authored with David Fridley). He has written scores of essays and articles that have appeared in such journals as Nature Journal, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, The American Prospect, Public Policy Research, Quarterly Review, and Yes! Magazine; and on web sites such as Resilience, Alternet, and Counterpunch. Richard has delivered hundreds of lectures on energy and climate issues to audiences in 14 countries, addressing policy makers at many levels, from local City Councils to members of the European Parliament. He has appeared in many film and television documentaries, including Leonardo DiCaprio’s 11th Hour. Richard’s animations Don’t Worry, Drive On, Who Killed Economic Growth? and 300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds (winner of a YouTubes’s/DoGooder Video of the Year Award) have been viewed by nearly two million people.
Helena Norberg-Hodge (Australia) is the founder and director of Local Futures/ISEC. A pioneer of the ‘new economy’ movement, she has been promoting an economics of personal, social and ecological well-being for more than thirty years. She is the producer and co-director of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness, and the author of Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh, described as “an inspirational classic” and Local is Our Future. She has given public lectures in seven languages, and has appeared in broadcast, print, and online media worldwide. She was honored with the Right Livelihood Award (or ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’) for her groundbreaking work in Ladakh, and recently received the Goi Peace Prize for contributing to “the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide.”