Elizabeth May and the Saanich Gulf Islands Green Party present Thomas Homer-Dixon, award winning, bestselling author of Carbon Shift, The Upside of Down, The Ingenuity Gap and Environment, Scarcity and Violence.
“On a planet with a rapidly changing climate, Canada should be figuring out now how to wind down carbon-intensive resource extraction, especially from the oil sands. Otherwise we may find that we're producing masses of stuff we can't sell. But instead we behave like a gambler deep in the hole, repeatedly doubling down on our commitment to these industries. In the process, we've created an enormously brittle energy-extraction economy that will be increasingly prone to crisis. What would an alternative, more resilient economy look like, and how can we get from here to there?”He has been called "an intellectual straight-shooter" with "a formidable understanding of the urgent problems that confront our world".
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Thomas Homer-Dixon currently holds the Centre for International Governance Innovation Chair of Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Ontario
and is Director of the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation.
Born in Victoria, B.C. in 1956, he was educated at Carleton Universityand the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Earlier this year, his opinion piece in the New York Times sparked critical conversations about the tar sands.