Nate Hagens Asks “What if the Future is Real?”

Whitehorse – What happens when our nation’s growth-based economy stops growing? What happens when non-renewable energy sources become too expensive to widely use? Why do we have an aversion to acting on the future? And what can we do in the Yukon?  Dr. Nate Hagens will travel to Whitehorse on October 16th to discuss these and other questions with Yukoners.

Dr. Hagens is a well-known speaker on the big picture issues facing human society. Until recently he was lead editor of The Oil Drum, one of the most popular and highly-respected websites for analysis and discussion of global energy supplies and the future implications of energy decline. Nate is currently on the Boards of the Post Carbon Institute, the Bottleneck Foundation, the Institute for Integrated Economic Research and the Institute for the Study of Energy and the Future.

He has appeared on PBS, BBC, ABC and NPR, and has lectured around the world. He holds a Masters Degree in Finance from the University of Chicago and a PhD in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. Previously Nate was President of Sanctuary Asset Management and a Vice President at the investment firms Salomon Brothers and Lehman Brothers.

His public talk titled “What if the future is real? The future of Whitehorse, Yukon and Canada in a world of environmental and economic constraints” is the first in the “Sustainable Change for the Yukon” speakers series created by CPAWS Yukon.

Dr. Hagens says, “The Yukon is going to be in the crosshairs of the energy/economy/environment battles in the years to come. The Territory faces a set of unique opportunities stemming from its smaller population and bountiful natural capital.  It could very well be a place where a better world starts.”

Gill Cracknell, Executive Director of CPAWS Yukon explains, “Dr. Hagens’ presentation comes at an important time for Yukoners.  We are grappling with our energy future and are increasingly aware of the need for greater sustainability in the Territory.  I hope this presentation will spark dialogue and ideas from fellow Yukoners which can help us all move forward together.”

Dr. Hagen’s talk will take place at 7:30 pm on Thursday, October 16th at the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre.  Admission by donation.

For more information or to arrange an interview with Dr. Hagens contact:

Gill Cracknell
Executive Director

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