Best of SoS: Richard Heinberg

This past spring, Sustainable World Coalition co-produced the 2nd annual Spring of Sustainability (SoS), the largest virtual sustainability gathering ever. SoS brought the “best and brightest” leaders in sustainability to the world through teleconference dialogues.

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Richard_HeinbergOn May 14th on Spring of Sustainability, we heard from Richard Heinberg, who is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost Peak Oil educators.

Richard made it clear that we need a big picture energy policy that takes into account the price volatility of fossil fuels, and can divert the subsidies needed to provide a level playing field for renewables.

We asked him the key question here: “What would need to happen to facilitate the transition away from a fossil fuels-based economy?”

His response: “This is the biggest job we’ve taken on as human beings. Reasonable, responsible policies would go along way. it would improve the price picture for renewables immediately. We need to think about how we use energy – for transportation, agriculture, building. We need to use much less energy throughout the system; we need to incentivize this, which can be done very rapidly.”

He also emphasized that getting global population under control is crucial, and that the way to do that is by empowering women at all levels, beginning with making their own choices about their families.

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