Bill Rees – Towards Sustainability: Does Science Matter?

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Recently, we had an opportunity to host a variety of great talks for science teachers. One of the talks was by Dr. William Rees. It was a nice little introduction into the conundrum of our reliance on “progress” to fix things. In any event, here is the link that will lead you to a 25 minute talk he gave.

If you do watch it, I’d be interested to see what you think. In many ways it suggests that human behaviour is currently not well suited to dealing with an issue of this magnitude.

Interestingly, one of the questions that came up after the talk, (that I thought really nailed the going feeling in the room) was “Do you think it’s important to teach students to hope?”


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