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Oil is more efficient than coal; coal is more efficient than wood. We’ve been using more efficient energy sources throughout the timeline of modern industrial society yet our ecological footprint has continued to grow. If our technology has been making us more efficient all along, why do we continue to grow our ecological footprint? Could changes to the way humans make decisions within an economic system do more good for degraded ecosystems than shiny new technologies? What if we just all participated in the extractive economy less?
In Extraenvironmentalist #4 Justin talks with Conrad Schmidt who is among many other things, founder of the British Columbia Work Less Party and author of Alternatives to Growth: Efficiency Shifting. We talk about ways some macroeconomic level solutions could improve the economic situation, some alternative explanations to why the economic collapse of 2008 began and how an SUV might be more ecological beneficial than a bike. We’ve interspersed clips of Conrad’s documentary films in with the interview so be sure to visit Conrad’s website for his videos and books!
Also in this episode, we get our first voicemail (and what a good one it is!)
Join us on this fortuitous journey into the realm of a little considered alternative to economic growth!
// Media Links
Video | Conrad Schmidt via Workers of the World Relax: The Jevons Paradox
Audio | A diatribe on green via Mad Decent Radio #62
Video | Conrad Schmidt via Workers of the World Relax: The World Wide Financial Crisis
// Music (in order of appearance)
The Naked and the Famous – Young Blood via IndieShuffle
Sea Oleena – Little Army via The Music Ninja
Ima Robot – Ruthless via IndieShuffle
Sea Wolf – Wicked Blood via The Music Ninja
Gauntlet Hair – I Was Thinking via IndieShuffle
// Corrections and Blunders
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