A presentation by author Paul Hanley.
Friday, July 26, 2019 – 7 PM
United Nations projections show global population reaching 11 billion—and the world economy growing by 500%—by the end of this century. But can the planet accommodate more than 3 billion additional people and a five-fold economic expansion when humanity’s current ecological footprint already exceeds Earth’s biocapacity by 60%? Clearly, humanity has to change direction. Yet every facet of our social-economic-political order—indeed the totality of the dominant global culture—programs us to maintain the status quo: perpetual material growth. Hanley argues that solving this conundrum will require an ethical revolution that will wholly transform humankind, reshaping its inner life and external conditions.
This process will result in the emergence of a new culture, a new agriculture, and ultimately a new human race. This is neither a utopian vision, nor even a matter of choice. It is the next, inescapable stage in human evolution. Examples, such as the pioneering work of Richard St. Barbe Baker, the “Man of the Trees”, show how ground breaking efforts by individuals, communities, and institutions are already advancing this evolutionary shift.
Paul Hanley has published five books and 1600 articles on the environment, sustainable development, agriculture, and other topics. He is editor and co-author of Earthcare: Ecological Agriculture in Saskatchewan (1980) and The Spirit of Agriculture (2005). He was environment columnist with the Saskatoon StarPhoenix from 1989 to 2016. Paul is a recipient of the Canadian Environment Award, the Meewasin Conservation Award, the Organic Connections Pioneer Organic Communicator Award, and the Saskatchewan Sustainability Award from the Regional Centre of Excellence for Education on Sustainable Development. His book ELEVEN (2014) received the 2015 University of Saskatchewan President’s Award for Non-fiction and the 2015 ABS North America Award for Distinguished Scholarship. Paul’s biography Man of the Trees: Richard St. Barbe Baker, the First Global Conservationist (University of Regina Press 2018), features a foreword by HRH Prince Charles and introduction by Jane Goodall. It has been shortlisted for three Saskatchewan Book Awards.