The Techno-Utopian & the Fate of the Earth Teach-In brought together 45+ leading scholars, authors, and activists at The Great Hall of The Cooper Union, New York City, for a public ‘Teach-In” on the profound impacts— environmental, economic and social—of runaway technological expansionism, and cyber immersion; the tendency to see technology as the savior for all problems. A change of direction is still required, returning the fate of nature to the center of economic and social decision making.
We’ve archived all of the videos from the event below, with special thanks to IFG (where this material is adapted from). The original program is available here. Audio versions of the videos are available here.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 10AM-10PM
I. TECHNOLOGY VS. NATURE
10:00AM–11:30AM OPENING PANEL
This panel is introduced by Ralph White of the New York Open Center.
Jerry Mander (IFG): Questions We Should Have Asked About Technology
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Richard Heinberg (Post Carbon Institute): The Party’s Over
Anuradha Mittal, India (Oakland Institute): Stealing Nature
Andrew Kimbrell (ICTA): The End of Market Capitalism?
11:30–1:30PM CLASH OF WORLDVIEWS
This panel is introduced by Linda Sheehan of the Earth Law Center.
Eileen Crist (Virginia Tech): Confronting Anthropocentrism
Tom Butler (Foundtn for Deep Ecology): The Language of Dominion
Lisi Krall (State U. of NY): The Economic Evolution Of Dominion
Charlene Spretnak (“The Resurgence of the Real”): Dynamic InterrelatednessAudio Player
1:45PM–3:15PM NATURE’S PRESENCE & OUR AWARENESS
This panel is introduced by Stephanie Mills, author of Turning Away from Technology.
David Ehrenfeld (Rutgers Univ.): De-extinction and Its Residue Problems
Doug Tompkins (Deep Ecology Found’n): Technology & Nature/Clash of Concepts
Mary Reynolds Thompson (Author): Reclaiming The Wild Soul
Wes Jackson (The Land Institute): Nature Is the Final Measure (1)
II. TECHNO-SOLUTIONISM: BUILDING SUBSTITUTE NATURE
3:15PM–4:00PM FALSE SOLUTIONS
This panel is introduced by Richard Heinberg of the Post Carbon Institute.
Michael Huesemann (Author, “Techno-Fix”): Why Technology Can’t Save Us
John M. Greer (Author, “The Wealth of Nature”): False Promises
4:00PM–6:15PM THE QUEST FOR “NEW NATURE”
This panel is introduced by Tom Butler of the Foundation for Deep Ecology.
Clive Hamilton, Australia (“Playing God with Climate”): Geo-Engineering/New Skies
Pat Mooney, Canada (ETC. Group): Nanotechnology/New Earth
Debbie Barker (Center for Food Safety): GMOs/Corporate Techno-Food
Katie Singer (“An Electronic Silent Spring”): EMR: Radiation Soup
6:45PM–7:45PM SPECIAL GUESTS’ COMMENTARIES
This panel is introduced by Jerry Mander of the International Forum on Globalization.
Ralph Nader (Center for Responsive Law), Author, Unstoppable
Bill McKibben (350.org), Author, The End of NatureAudio Player
7:45PM–10:00PM “FOR THE GOOD OF MANKIND” (Truman on the A-Bomb); NUKES, DRONES, MILITARY ROBOTS
This panel is introduced by Koohan Paik of the International Forum on Globalization.
Koohan Paik, Guam/Korea/US (IFG): Marketing Nukes, Drones & Robots
Helen Caldicott, Australia (Physicians for Social Responsibility): Hiroshima, Fukushima & Beyond
Neisen Laukon, Marshall Islands: Present at the Birth
Bruce Gagnon (Global Network vs. Weapons in Space): Space Tech & Corporate Full Spectrum Dominance
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 10AM-7:30PM
III. CYBER ENVELOPMENT & HUMAN AWARENESS
10:00AM–12:30PM LIFE INSIDE THE MACHINE
This panel is introduced by Charlene Spretnak, author of The Resurgence of the Real.
Langdon Winner (Rensselaer Polytech Inst.): Power Fantasies at the End of Modernism
Douglas Rushkoff (CUNY Queens): Present Shock: Everything Is Now
Stephanie Mills: Everyday Life in the Modern World
IV. WHICH WAY OUT? INGREDIENTS OF CHANGE
12:30PM–2:30PM NOT GLOBALIZATION, LOCALIZATION
This panel is introduced by Debbie Barker of the Center for Food Safety.
Vandana Shiva, India (Navdanya): Introduction & Overview
Helena Norberg-Hodge, Sweden (Local Futures): Economics of Happiness
Severine von Tscharner-Fleming (Greenhorns): Young Farmers’ Movement
Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe): Keystone Pipeline on Native Lands?
Victor Menotti (IFG): Keystone, Globalization, & the Koch Brothers
Mzwanele Mayekiso, South Africa (iKweze Institute): Fighting Fracking & Mining, and Other Extractive Technologies in Africa
2:45PM–4:45PM INDIGENOUS VALUES & THE RIGHTS OF NATURE
This panel is introduced by Claire Greensfelder of INOCHI.
Jeannette Armstrong, Okanagan, Canada: Indigenous Economics
Linda Sheehan (Earth Law C’ter): Codifying Nature’s Rights in Human Law
Atossa Soltani, Iran/U.S. (Amazon Watch): Keep the Oil in the Ground
Patricia Gualinga, Kechwa, Ecuador (Amazon Watch): Keep the Oil in the Ground
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Igorot, Philippines; UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
4:45PM–7:00PM HYBRID ECONOMICS
This panel is introduced by Andrew Kimbrell of ICTA.
Richard Heinberg (Post Carbon Inst.): Steady-State Economics
Joshua Farley (U.Vermont): Economics & the Anthropocene
Lisi Krall (State U. of NY): Wild Earth Economics
Tom Butler (Deep Ecology): Rewilding
7:00-7:30 PM ALL PARTICIPANTS ON STAGE
We are eternally grateful for the generous funding support that made this project possible. Special thanks to Foundation for Deep Ecology (Doug Tompkins), as well as Marian Weber, Peter & Mimi Buckley, CS Fund, Center for Food Safety, Marion Hunt, and Nancy Schaub.