Nate Hagens -- The Converging Environmental & Economic Crises

Nate Hagens -- The Converging Environmental & Economic Crises: A Pep Talk For Those Paying Attention

Thursday, July 10, 7pm 
Minneapolis College of Art and Design Main Auditorium 
2501 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis 
Free Admission * Donation Requested


Auditorium 150 is in the building pictured above at the cross streets of East 25th Street and Stevens Avenue South. Two buildings connect to this skyway. 

Enter the building positioned on the south side of the skyway; it’s opposite the Art Institute side of the campus. Auditorium 150 is on the entry level, a little past the security desk. 

In America and especially in many developing nations, the tug of war between economic “growth” and doing what’s right for the environment is intensifying. What are the factors driving development and growth to this point, the brink of ecological collapse?

Ecological economist Nate Hagens will talk about the economic, environmental and behavioral drivers of growth and overshoot. He’ll look at the interrelationship between debt-based financial markets and natural resources, particularly energy. And he’ll examine the behavioral obstacles to changing our consumption patterns. Beyond analysis, Nate offers suggestions on how individuals and society might better adapt to what’s ahead and the physical and psychological changes we might adopt.

Nate Hagens holds a PhD in Natural Resources and an MBA in Finance. He serves on the Boards of the Post Carbon Institute, the Bottleneck Foundation, IIER and Institute for the Study of Energy and the Future. He was lead editor of The Oil Drum, a website for analysis of global energy supplies. Nate has appeared on PBS, BBC, and NPR, and lectures widely. Before becoming an environmental economist, Nate was President of Sanctuary Asset Management and a Vice President at the investment firms Salomon Brothers and Lehman Brothers.

This is the second talk in a series on economics in the age of climate change sponsored by MN350, MCAD Sustainable Design Program, Transition Longfellow, and other Twin Cities Transition Town groups.

 If folks are interested we can stroll over to an Eat Street watering hole afterwards and chew the fat about economics in the age of climate change.

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  • Tom R.

    I don't know if anyone else recorded it, but I tried, so for reference it is uploaded to Youtube in 10 minute sections:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9n9k9BtEr8&list=PLmcNZNBCENroc2Jt1vMb6jMxANGD_cbFU

    July 11

    • Jennifer

      Thanks Tom! Would you mind posting it on the Discussion Board with the title of it??

      July 11

    • Tom R.

      Hi Jennifer. I'm not sure where on the Discussion Board it should be, and thought it most visible here. You can copy and paste the link anywhere else you like.

      1 · July 11

  • Margie

    His slides/visuals were especially good--and effective.

    1 · July 11

    • Jennifer

      Yes, and some a very creative way to explain a concept.

      July 11

  • Ginny R.

    I would give his speech a six or seven if I could!

    2 · July 11

  • Jennifer

    Wow. Was my response to this event. Can this bring guy out a million concepts and tie them together or what?! Cognitive overload for sure. But it was worthy it.

    1 · July 11

  • Margie

    Jennifer, yet another great job of organizing a wonderful, thought-provoking evening. Nate was fantastic. I learned a tremendous amount and I didn't stop at the store to get a pint of Hagen Daz. I counted to 10, as Nate suggested.

    1 · July 10

  • Jennifer

    I am here. [masked]

    July 10

  • Linda F.

    This conflict between the environment and the economy will only intensify with population growth. I'm interested in hearing some sustainable growth information.

    1 · July 10

  • Jane

    Sorry I now realized I have a conflict.

    July 8

  • Jane

    This sounds like a very relevant topic

    1 · July 5

  • Margie

    Sounds fantastic. Sign me up!!!

    1 · July 3

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