My biggest project as a senior at PC was a class called Ecological Crisis and Political Response. The idea that the crisis had to come first to spur a political response was essential. It’s terrifying and it’s happening, but there are people that believe we can meet the challenges and believe in the infinite abilities of humanity’s creativity.
Have we used up all our resources? Have we filled up all the livable space on Earth? Paul Gilding suggests we have, and the possibility of devastating consequences, in a talk that’s equal parts terrifying and, oddly, hopeful.
The unstoppable and flexible optimist is now a writer and advocate, travelling the world with his book The Great Disruption alerting people to the global economic and ecological crisis unfolding around us, as the world economy reaches and passes the limits to growth. He is confident we can get through what’s coming and says rather than the end of civilization, this could be the beginning! He argues we will rise to the occasion and see change at a scale and speed incomprehensible today, but need to urgently prepare for The Great Disruption and “the end of shopping”, as we reinvent the global economy and our model of social progress.
“It takes a good crisis to get us going. When we feel fear and we fear loss we are capable of quite extraordinary things.”
- Paul Gilding