Wed Nov 13th, 7:30pm
Mary Winspear Centre
Admission by Donation
Click here to watch the video of Mr. Homer-Dixon’s talk.
People coming from the islands looking for a billet so that they can attend the talk please call Teri at 1-877-223-5858 to make arrangements.
Beyond Brittleness: Making Canada a Resilient Energy Superpower
“On a planet with a rapidly changing climate, Canada should be figuring out now how to wind down carbon-intensive resource extraction, especially from the oil sands. Otherwise we may find that we’re producing masses of stuff we can’t sell. But instead we behave like a gambler deep in the hole, repeatedly doubling down on our commitment to these industries. In the process, we’ve created an enormously brittle energy-extraction economy that will be increasingly prone to crisis. What would an alternative, more resilient economy look like, and how can we get from here to there?”
About Thomas Homer-Dixon:
Thomas Homer-Dixon currently holds the Centre for International Governance Innovation Chair of Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Ontario and is Director of the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation.
Born in Victoria BC in 1956, he was educated at Carleton University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Prof Homer-Dixon is an award-winning, best-selling author of such insightful and provocative titles as The Upside of Down, The Ingenuity Gap and Environment, Scarcity and Violence. He has been called “an intellectual straight-shooter” with “a formidable understanding of the urgent problems that confront our world”.
His latest book, Carbon Shift, brings together six of Canada’s world-class experts to explore the economics, geology, politics, and science of the predicament we find ourselves in.
The Upside of Down introduces general readers to a number of key concepts on the links between population growth, environmental degradation and global security. “It is his ability to delineate those links that makes The Upside of Down such a sobering and stimulating read.”
Earlier this year, his opinion piece in the New York Times sparked critical conversations about the tar sands.
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear one of Canada’s leading experts on changes that are sure to affect us all.