climate change and renewable energy

119. Sustainability to Save Ourselves From Climate Change, Automation and Nuclear War | Mark Diesendorf

Mark Diesendorf

Mark Diesendorf (@markdiesendorf) teaches, researches and consults in the interdisciplinary fields of sustainability & energy, energy policy, urban transport, ecological economics, and practical sustainability Prior to joining the Institute of Environmental Studies, UNSW Australia, he’s been a Principal Researcher and lecturer at various higher institutions.

Mark’s work with organisations including AusAID, Australian Conservation Foundation, Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Hydrocool Pty Ltd, Minister for Minerals & Energy (Western Australia), StateRail (NSW), Sustainable Energy Development Authority of New South Wales, Sustainable Energy Authority of Victoria, WWF Australia, and various municipal and local governments in Australia and China.

He has been at various times secretary of the Society for Social Responsibility in Science (Canberra), co-founder and vice-president of the Sustainable Energy Industries Council of Australia, co-founder and president of the original Australasian Wind Energy Association, president of the Australia New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics (ANZSEE) and vice-president of Appropriate Technology for Community and Environment (APACE). Mark is co-editor of the interdisciplinary book Human Ecology, Human Economy: Ideas for an Ecologically Sustainable Future and the author of Greenhouse Solutions with Sustainable Energy and Climate Action: A Campaign Manual for Greenhouse Solutions and Sustainable Energy Solutions for Climate Change.

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In today’s episode we discuss:

  • What the truth of climate change looks like now
  • Why we’re probably headed for at least a 6-8 deg F increase in global temperatures
  • How we can design a better world from the ground up
  • Why governments are so incompetent when it comes to handling climate change
  • The reason renewables have already won and where we’ll be 10 years
  • Why AI and automation will displace a ton of jobs and necessitate a totally new economic and societal system
  • How nuclear power makes our world less stable and more dangerous
  • Where Mark sees the most innovative climate solutions being enacted
  • Why we’ll still need hydrogen fuel in a green world
  • What systems design teaches us about sustainability and economics
  • Why the world is as risky as it has ever been with respect to nuclear war
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