‘Carbon Civilisation’ launch event at Sustainable Living Festival

The Rescope Project is formally launching Carbon Civilisation and the Energy Descent Future at the 2019 Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne next week.

When: Friday 8 February, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Where: Off the Grid, Birrarung Marr (between the Yarra River and Federation Square)

Entry is free

Sam and I will be joined by Dr Sangeetha Chandra-Shekeran, Deputy Director of University of Melbourne’s Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute.

Sam and I will briefly introduce the book’s key themes, with Sangeetha providing context based on insights from her own research. Sangeetha will then moderate a conversation drawing on comments and questions from the audience.

We’re very much looking forward to lively, though-provoking and engaged audience contributions along the lines of past Rescope Project events, and aim to squeeze as much opportunity for this as we can from the time available.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase after the event for $25.00.

If you’re in Melbourne, we’d be delighted to have you with us, and if you can, please help us spread the word.

Full details are available via the SLF program at http://www.slf.org.au/event/carbon-civilisation/.

 

Carbon Civilisation and the Energy Descent Future: Life Beyond this Brief Anomaly

I’m very pleased to announce the release Carbon Civilisation and the Energy Descent Future: Life Beyond this Brief Anomaly, co-authored with Sam Alexander.

From the back cover blurb:

Carbon civilisation is powered predominately by finite fossil fuels and with each passing day it becomes harder to increase or even maintain current supply. Our one-off fossil energy inheritance is but a brief anomaly in the evolution of the human story, a momentary energy spike from the perspective of deep time.

Today humanity faces the dual crises of fossil fuel depletion and climate change, both of which are consequences of the modern world’s fundamental reliance on the energy abundance provided by fossil energy sources. Can renewable energy replace the fossil energy foundations of carbon civilisation?

This book examines these issues and presents a narrative linking energy and society that maintains we should be preparing for renewable futures neither of energy abundance nor scarcity, but rather energy sufficiency. For industrial societies, this means navigating energy descent futures.

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