Murray discusses the Limits to Growth pragmatically, via lateral and systems thinking.
The global system set out to grow, but is beginning to ‘can't'. The eventual replacement system – say by 2100 – is reasonably obvious; many less people, much less physical consumption, much less surplus energy, and entropy has become a major factor.
The question is simple, given that our system is not guaranteed to survive (as are many of our taken-for-granted sub-systems; the internet, the grid, money), in what form(s) and over what time frame, will the morph occur?
Using our remaining time/resources to morph in an ad hoc manner, is invalid; the Onslow debate is – and sadly will be a classic example of this. Anticipating what will be maintainable beyond the cessation of growth, then triaging what will be worth retaining – both culturally and physically – is the way to go.
About the speaker
Murray describes himself as specialising in being a generalist. He has served as an elected member at both levels of local government and researches energy, growth, and limits.
He and partner Jennie have lived more than 20 years off-grid, some of it sailing. They are on their second passive-solar house (this one rates Homestar 8), have grown a forest, and are reasonably self-sufficient in food. 15 years ago, he, like many, thought we could just go renewable, green, and move on. Now he thinks we are out of time and facing a singular global event, about which he strives to raise awareness.
Zoom link: https://otago.zoom.us/j/9151310087
|Date||Thursday, 20 October 2022|
|Time||12:00pm - 1:00pm|
|Audience||Public,Undergraduate students,Postgraduate students,Staff|
|Department||Centre for Sustainability|
|Location||Centre for Sustainability, Toroa Seminar Room, 563 Castle St, Dunedin|
|Contact Name||Mary-Jane Campbell or Nicki Topliss|
|Contact Phone||+64 3 479 5220|