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On November 15th, 2013 we hosted our first ever Extraenvironmentalist live event in downtown Vancouver, BC for a dialogue on what it really means to be a sustainable city.
First, Jennie Moore describes her research into Vancouver’s ecological footprint and provides some ideas on how to reduce it. Though her research is specific to Vancouver, the ecological footprint of other mid-sized cities in the United States and Canada would likely be similar. Then, Gregor Macdonald joined us via Skype from Portland to discuss the global energy system and how he’s seeing cities adapt to a slow-growth world. Next, Conrad Schmidt covered the historical concept of consumption and how more efficient systems don’t necessarily lead to a lower ecological footprint. Last, Donnie Maclurcan of the Post Growth Institute talks about the personal inter-connectivity that can reduce overconsumption.
Though we had a number of problems with the room setup that caused issues with our video capture, livestream and Skype guest, our fantastic speakers more than made up for the hiccups. We’re planning a series of events for the coming year and have some ideas for venues that should help us polish our live video production over early 2014.
You can view the entire series of videos in this youtube playlist, but Part 3 is embedded here because it was the first part of the session where the most severe technical issues were ironed out:
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