Climate, Collapse, & Capitalism

  • Wurstküche 625 Lincoln Boulevard Venice, CA, 90291 United States

Julien Emile-Geay PhD

Abstract

Using research from paleoclimatology, physics, archeology, history and economics, this lecture will argue that averting civilizational collapse by means of climate disruption requires a fundamental shift in our relationship to the Earth, to each other, and to ourselves. In the process, we will have to leave old ideas behind, including the myth that free markets always achieve the highest good - an ideology that has dominated global domestic and foreign policy in the last half-century.  The lecture will conclude with audience-led proposals for an economic system that does not require destroying our home planet.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Julien Emile-Geay, professor at the University of Southern California, studies climate change on time scales comparable to a human lifetime.