We are entering an era which will bring about radical changes in how we view the world. A paradigm shift is under way: while the economy switches into no-growth gear, quality-of-life will replace standard-of-living as the genuine indicator of human progress. We will realise that nature is setting boundaries that put constraints on what the planet can provide, mainly by the growing shortage of natural resources. This talk addresses how the infinite-growth paradigm is failing, especially our debt-based economy run by flat currencies. However, not all is lost. The era of sharing has begun!
Dr. Peter Berg was born and raised in Germany. He holds an undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Muenster, Germany, and a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Bristol, UK (2001). He is now associate professor of physics at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and director of its Energy and the Environment program. Besides research that relates to fuel cells and energy-economic models, his interests encompass the impact of resource scarcity and a world oil production peak on the global economy and our way-of-life. Peter's true passion lies in writing and giving public talks about our home, Earth.
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