Introducing Professor David Orr

3 11 2014

Pr David Orr

Many thanks to Chris Harries who attended this lecture at the University of Tasmania, and then took the trouble to find me the video stream.  I had never heard of David Orr before this, and he is certainly interesting to listen to.  One of the outstanding statements he made that really caught my attention was something along the line of “people can visualise the end of civilisation more easily than they can visualise the end of Capitalism”.  I have to go along with that.

David W. Orr (born in Des Moines, Iowa) is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College and a James Marsh Professor at the University of Vermont. He is a well known environmentalist and is active in many areas of environmental studies, including environmental education and environmental design.

He holds a B.A. from Westminster College (1965), an M.A. from Michigan State University (1966), and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania (1973). He serves as a trustee for several organizations including the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Aldo Leopold Foundation.

In 1996, he organized the construction of one of the greenest buildings in North America, the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies at Oberlin College.

He has been awarded a Bioneers Award in 2002, a National Conservation Achievement Award by the National Wildlife Federation in 1993, a Lyndhurst Prize in 1992 awarded by the Lyndhurst Foundation and the Benton Box Award from Clemson University for his work in Environmental Education (1995).

In this lecture, Orr discusses Climate Change, how serious and urgent it is as an issue, and what he feels we can do about it.  I don’t agree with everything he says, but shooting the messenger here is not the point.  He does seem to expect ‘Business as usual’ to continue only greener, Chris tells me otherwise.  You be the judge.  A breath of fresh air for sure, and I like his ‘walk away’ attitude, I’ve reached the conclusion there’s little else we can do at this stage.

Duration 1 hour 46 min, I recommend skipping the first 10 minutes.  Enjoy…..




One response

4 11 2014

Building so called green energy is just as destructive to the environment as any other industrial process. Why is there no rare earth extraction in North America?

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