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Understanding Power

For much of Richard Heinberg’s adult life, he’s been bothered by the questions of is it possible that we humans, or at least some of us, now enjoy too much of a good thing? Or is our problem merely that we don’t understand power very well and, therefore, misuse it? Today, he explores these questions and provides context for how we can better understand power.

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Introduction to Power by Richard Heinberg

Richard Heinberg’s latest title, Power is an exploration of humanity's power over nature and the power of some people over others. 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. Today, we take an excerpt from Power that explains how Richard started on the journey of writing this book.

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Individual Climate Action Does Make a Difference

How do we adapt our lives to reduce our carbon footprint? In Living the 1.5 Degree Lifestyle, Lloyd Alter reveals the carbon costs of everything we do and provides practical tips for making significant reductions and not sweating the small stuff. Today on the blog, we take an excerpt from Living the 1.5 Degree Lifestyle, where Lloyd explains how various forms of food waste impact our carbon footprint.

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Power traces how humans have come to overpower the earth's natural systems and to oppress one another, with catastrophic consequences. We must rapidly re-learn the lessons of power self-limitation rooted in evolution and human history if we are to stave off ecological and social collapse and enjoy a thriving future.

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Richard Heinberg

Richard Heinberg is the author of thirteen previous books, including The Party's Over, Powerdown, Peak Everything, and The End of Growth. 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.

AUTHOR EVENTS

Sep 17 | The Artisan Herbalist | Bevin Cohen

Mother Earth News Fair - PA

Host: Mother Earth News Fair

Date: September 17
Time: all day event
Cost: TBA

Sep 18 | The Art of Plant-Based Cheesemaking | Karen McAthy

The Vancouver Vegan Festival

Host: Vancouver, Creekside park

Date: September 18
Time: 11am - 6pm PST
Cost: Free

Sep 25 | The Artisan Herbalist | Bevin Cohen

Bellaire Harvest Festival

Location: Bellaire Public Library

Date: September 25
Time: 1pm EST
Cost: Free

Oct 14 | What's Up With White Women? | Ilsa Govan & Tilman Smith

What's Up with White Women? Strategies for Unpacking Sexism and White Privilege

Host: Cultures Connecting
Location: Zoom link

Date: October 14
Time: 9am - 11am PST
Cost: $200

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Individual Climate Action Does Make a Difference

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Lloyd Alter lived the 1.5 degree lifestyle by slashing his average carbon footprint by 80%. What we all need to do to keep global heating below 1.5 degrees.

Introduction to Power by Richard Heinberg

Richard Heinberg’s latest title, Power is an exploration of humanity's power over nature and the power of some people over others. 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. Today, we take an excerpt from Power that explains how Richard started on the journey of writing this book.

Power: Limits & Prospects for Human Survival

Power — why giving it up might just save humanity and the planet

In this video, Richard Heinberg talks about his new book, Power: Limits and Prospects for Human Survival.

Power traces how humans have come to overpower the earth's natural systems and to oppress one another, with catastrophic consequences. We must rapidly re-learn the lessons of power self-limitation rooted in evolution and human history if we are to stave off ecological and social collapse and enjoy a thriving future.

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