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Reality 101: Living Through the Peak of Industrial Civilization

  • Sebastopol Grange Hall 6000 Sebastopol Avenue Sebastopol, CA, 95472 United States (map)

Reality 101: Living Through the Peak of Industrial Civilization
with Nate Hagens
Wednesday, June 1, 7:00PM
Sebastopol Grange Hall, 6000 Sebastopol Avenue, Sebastopol
sliding scale $10-$15

Join Nate Hagens, educator, writer and past editor of The Oil Drum, as he discusses the big picture issues facing our society today and what it means to be human in the 21st century.

This presentation covers the opportunities and constraints we face as we come to the end of economic growth. On the supply side, Nate focuses on the interrelationship between debt-based financial markets and natural resources, particularly energy. On the demand side, Nate addresses the evolutionarily-derived underpinnings to status, addiction, and our aversion to acting with the future in mind. He’ll offer suggestions on how individuals and society might better adapt to what's ahead and cover the issues relevant to propelling our species (and others) into a livable future for years to come.

Sonoma County’s own
Richard Heinberg will join Nate on the stage during the Q & A segment.

Nate Hagens was a successful Wall Street trader, President of Sanctuary Asset Management and a Vice President at the investment firms Salomon Brothers and Lehman Brothers. He left all that in 2003. He is now a well-known speaker on big picture issues facing human society. Nate is currently on the Boards of Post Carbon Institute, Bottleneck Foundation, IIER and Institute for the Study of Energy and the Future. He has appeared on PBS, BBC, ABC and NPR, and has lectured around the world. He holds a Master’s Degree in Finance from the University of Chicago and a PhD in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. Nate lives on a farm in Wisconsin with a collection of animals.

Richard Heinberg is Senior Fellow-in-Residence of the Post Carbon Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost advocates for a shift away from our current reliance on fossil fuels. He is the author of 12 award-winning books, including six on the subject of fossil fuel depletion. He has written for Nature, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and Christian Science Monitor among other publications, and has delivered hundreds of lectures on energy and climate issues to audiences around the world. His most recent book is Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels (2015).