Rewriting Our Cultural Narrative: William Rees (#105 Encore)

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How big is your ecological footprint? Probably bigger than you think. After all, out of sight, out of mind. As an originator of ecological footprint analysis, population ecologist William Rees knows a thing or two about our impact on the planet. In this interview he provides some fascinating, and surprising insights. Did you know most of us in the industrialized world have a footprint three or four times our fair share? Or that the “global economy is a giant Ponzi scheme? It turns out localized economies have their advantages over globalization. William Rees points out that globalization has allowed concentrated populations to extend their footprints all over the world. “We’re seeing growth in human technological capacity and human populations and the scale of the economy that’s completely unprecedented.” Vote for another season of Conversation Earth at http://tinyurl.com/ceseason3 Learn more at http://www.conversationearth.org Photo Credit: By Nick Wiebe (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0]

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