Speaking Event: Countdown - Our Last Best Hope for a Future on Earth

When & Where
The Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
October 17, 2013 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Contact
Brown Paper Tickets online or 800-838-3006


In Countdown, Alan Weisman explores the complexity of calculating how many humans this planet can hold without capsizing. He visits an extraordinary range of the world's cultures, religions, nationalities, tribes, and political systems to learn what in their beliefs, histories, liturgies, or current circumstances might suggest that sometimes it's in their own best interest to limit their growth. He asks if we can determine how robust the Earth's ecosystem must be to assure our continued existence, and whether we can know which other species are essential to our survival. And, he inquires how we might design an economy for a shrinking and finally stable population, to have genuine prosperity without endless growth. The result is a landmark work of reporting: devastating, urgent, and, ultimately, deeply hopeful.

Tickets: $15 general, $8 students; $20 at the door