Previously at the ICA - Events
30 Jun 2010
Faced with the unprecendented threat of climate change, the contemporary world has turned to a solution that is all too prosaic - consumerism. The answer, we are told, is to 'go green', to buy organic food or even a new 'clean' car. Heather Rogers and Kirsty Wright explore the rapid expansion of environmental production and consumption worldwide and the way in which we are coming to rely on consumerism as the solution to the very problems it has helped to cause. What are the structural forces that led us to this place, and who is paying the price? Do we have the capacity to find solutions that are not mere palliatives, but ways of engaging with how we live and what kind of world we want to live in? And who is challenging the big business-as-usual approach and proposing social change as a solution to climate change?
Heather Rogers is a journalist and author. She has written for The New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, and The Nation and is author of Green Gone Wrong: How Our Economy is Undermining the Environmental Revolution .
Kirsty Wright is the climate justice campaigner at the World Development Movement. She has been involved in the worldwide ‘Climate Justice Now!’ network and recently returned from the People’s Conference on Climate Change in Bolivia, which was organised as a radical response to the failure of the UN talks in Copenhagen.