POWER: LIMITS AND PROSPECTS FOR HUMAN SURVIVAL-What's In the Book?
11:00 AM PST; 2:00 PM EST; 7:00 PM CET
Power is the story of humanity’s power over nature and the power of some people over others.
How have Homo sapiens become powerful enough to threaten a mass extinction and disrupt the Earth’s climate? Why have we developed so many ways of oppressing one another? Can we change our relationship with power to avert ecological catastrophe, reduce social inequality, and stave off collapse? These questions — and their answers — will determine our fate.
Power traces how four key elements developed to give humans extraordinary power: tool making ability, language, social complexity, and the ability to harness energy sources — most significantly, fossil fuels. It asks whether we have, at this point, overpowered natural and social systems, and if we have, what we can do about it.
Most crucially, the book explores how self-limitation of power is rooted in evolution and human history and why, at this vital moment, we must rapidly relearn the lessons of power if humanity is to have a thriving future.
In this webinar, author Richard Heinberg will discuss the book and its implications for the human future. An intellectual journey not to be missed!
Presenter: Richard Heinberg
Richard Heinberg is the author of fourteen books, including The Party’s Over, Peak Everything, The End of Growth, and Our Renewable Future. He is Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world’s most effective communicators of the urgent need to transition away from fossil fuels. He lives in Santa Rosa, CA.