Richard Heinberg, visiting scholar for this week’s graduate program residency, will make a presentation “The Case for Resilience” Thursday, September 15 from 7:30-9 p.m. in Ackley Hall. The event is free and open to the GMC community and the general public.
In recent years, resilience has become an increasingly popular concept—particularly in the response to the climate crisis. But what does building community resilience really mean? And what does it look like in practice? Richard Heinberg will share some key lessons from the field of socio-ecological resilience and examples of how communities are already working to building resilience in terms of distributed energy, local ownership and investment, localized food systems, and resource conservation.
The annual residency, which brings GMC students enrolled in masters degree programs to Poultney for an intensive four-day session, is led by GMC faculty and a visiting scholar who is a national leader in sustainability. The residency also offers an opportunity for undergraduates to learn from leading thinkers, authors and entrepreneurs.
Richard Heinberg is considered one of the world’s leading advocates in shifting away from our reliance on fossil fuels to renewable solutions. Over the years, he has written thirteen books including The End of Growth: Adapting to our New Economic Reality. He has written numerous essays and delivered hundreds of lectures on energy and climate issues around the world.
Heinberg has also been featured in films and television documentaries and produced several animations including “Don’t Worry, Drive On,” “Who Killed Economic Growth” and “300 years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds.”