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ECOSHOCK —Is Humanity Unsustainable?

Biologist calls for planned contraction… The co-inventor of “the ecological footprint” now calls for a planned contraction of the economy, to save the biosphere and promote world fairness. Speech by Canadian biologist Dr. Bill Rees, April 15, 2010.

What makes a mild-mannered biology professor call for a planned collapse of the economy? Canadian scientist Bill Rees would know. He was an inventor of the ecological footprint concept, and has been measuring our impact on the planet for decades. Now he’s worried about survival. Ours and all living systems. I’m Alex Smith. As I welcome you to Radio Ecoshock, many capitals have been war zones. Not just in Somalia, but Bangkok, Thailand, Kingston, Jamaica and even Athens. Another is flooded in Poland. Most Western capitals wrestle with deep economic worries, as stocks drop daily, as cities and states totter on the edge of bankruptcy. The largest American river delta is flooding with oil, during the warmest three months on record. The causes are well-known, but why can’t we solve anything? Is it possible technology has outstripped the slow evolution of human brains? Are we too stupid to survive? In this program, you will hear a mile-stone lecture by Dr. Bill Rees. About our three brains: the reactive reptile stem, mammalian emotions, and the late-coming attempt at rationality. Which wins?

Recorded by Alex Smith at a meeting of the Vancouver Chapter of the World Federalists. Music by Dana Pearson.David Wasdell.

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This show was broadcast on August 18, 2017.

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