Commonwealth National Podcast

Lester Brown: Saving Civilization Is Not a Spectator Sport

Duration: 
1:07:37

Saving Civilization Is Not a Spectator Sport

 

Lester Brown, President, Earth Policy Institute

 

Brown sees concern in the merging of world food and energy economies. Putting corn ethanol in gas tanks and grain-intensive food (beef) into more human bellies will drive up commodity prices and exacerbate fresh water scarcity. Though he believes the Earth is under stress, Brown is hopeful, in part because for the first time since the Industrial Revolution we have begun investing in energy sources that can last forever.

 

This program was recorded in front of a live audience at the Commonwealth Club of California on November 10, 2009

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