Bow Valley Naturalists present Degrowth or Collapse?

by Andrew Nikiforuk


Tuesday, Nov. 28

7:30 p.m.


Many environmentalists regard climate disorder as humanity’s core problem. They believe a rapid energy transition dependent on the high-volume mining of rare earth minerals is the best way forward. But a growing number of experts have questioned this so-called green path and its technological optimism given mineral and water constraints and rampant political disintegration.

The critics regard growing climate disorder as just one of nearly a dozen physical symptoms of overshoot: overconsumption of materials and energy by 8 billion people (relentless growth) on a finite planet. To avoid a chaotic collapse, climate experts advocate for a rapid reduction in energy consumption by 40 percent, a relocalization of economies and an end to growth.

For more information visit Bow Valley Naturalists.


For more than three decades Andrew Nikiforuk has written about energy, economics and the West for a variety of Canadian publications including the Walrus, Maclean’s, Canadian Business, The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business, Chatelaine, Georgia Straight, Equinox and Harrowsmith.

His books include Saboteurs: Wiebo Ludwig’s War Against Big Oil, which won the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction in 2002, The Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of the Continent, Empire of the Beetle, The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude, and Slick Water. Nikiforuk is now a contributing editor for Canada’s best independent newspaper, the Tyee.

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