Thu 15 Oct 2009
The BC Creek Protection Society presents
GENERAL PUBLIC LECTURE
David Lam Auditorium (MAC A144)
7:00 pm on Thursday, October 29th
Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.
Dr. Michael M’Gonigle, one of the founders of Greenpeace International, will be giving a lecture at the University of Victoria on October 29th as part of the BC Creek Protection Society’s lecture series on environment and energy, entitled:
Climate Myopia: backing into the future?
For good reasons, climate change dominates the current headlines and presents itself as a difficult problem to solve within the framework of growth-based economies. Without a larger vision, governments have long prevaricated in taking action. Now, they seek solutions through minor policy changes, supposedly “renewable” energy sources and futuristic technologies. Their goal is to “fix” the problem–and get back to business-as-usual. However, upon close examination this approach to climate change proves to be intrinsically unsustainable. Instead, governments are prone to an ever-growing global dependence on a consumptive economic machine that is running out of space and time. This economy is oblivious to its planetary context; resurrecting it is a dream of a world gone by, all the while forsaking an opportunity for re-invention that can easily slip away.
Dr. M’Gonigle is the EcoResearch Professor in Environmental Law and Policy in the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria, one of the founders of Greenpeace International, EcoJustice, Smart Growth BC, the Dogwood Initiative, and the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at UVic. He has written extensively in the areas of resource and environmental law and policy, and has been developing a new field of “green legal theory.”