Episode 109: Richard Heinberg on Choosing to Get Off Fossil Energy—Our Best Local Choices


Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast*


To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom, or visit the Episode Index.  SUBSCRIBE for free through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service.

Richard Heinberg of the Post-Carbon Institute.

PostCarbon.org // OurRenewableFuture.org // RichardHeinberg.com (Muse Letter)


Richard Heinberg is the author of thirteen books, including some of the seminal works on society’s current energy and environmental sustainability crisis:

Most recently, Our Renewable Future: Laying the Path for One Hundred Percent Clean Energy, co-authored with David Fridley (2016), and the well-known, The End of Growth: Adapting the Our New Economic Reality (2011)

He is Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, which is leading the transition to a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable world. He is regarded as one of the world’s foremost advocates for a shift away from our current reliance on fossil fuels. He has authored scores of essays and articles that have appeared in such journals as NatureReutersWall Street JournalThe American ProspectPublic Policy ResearchQuarterly ReviewYes!, and The Sun; and on web sites such as Resilience.org, TheOilDrum.com, Alternet.org, ProjectCensored.com, and Counterpunch.com.

Richard has delivered hundreds of lectures on energy and climate issues to audiences in 14 countries, addressing policy makers at many levels, from local City Councils to members of the European Parliament. He has been quoted and interviewed countless times for print, television and radio.

Richard has appeared in many film and television documentaries, including Leonardo DiCaprio’s 11th Hour. He is a recipient of the M. King Hubbert Award for Excellence in Energy Education, and in 2012 was appointed to His Majesty the King of Bhutan’s International Expert Working Group for the New Development Paradigm initiative.

Richard’s animations Don’t Worry, Drive On; Who Killed Economic Growth? and 300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds (winner of a YouTubes’s/DoGooder Video of the Year Award) have been viewed by nearly two million people.

Future episodes of Simpler OneEarth Living feature educator and author Mark Burch; Don Hall of Transitions USA; and Susan Taylor of Just Financial Advisors on her new book “What About Our Money.”

# # #

*Simpler Formats for 2018SLW! Weekly Digest will be discontinued and the SLW! Podcast will be reduced to one episode per month, issued on the 15th. The complete SLW! Monthly Digest on the SLW! site will continue to feature the latest posts from colleague organizations and will be updated weekly. Simpler Living Weekly Nudge will feature offerings from SLW! It comes as your free subscription to  SLW! Blog.  The Daily Nudge comes by email (send NUDGE to SimpleLivingworks@yahoo.com) or by Twitter @GeraldIversen. Choose the options that work for you.

Subscribers to Simple Living Works! (SLW!) Podcast will receive The Common Good Podcast (TCGP)–which I produce and co-host–on the 1st of the month. Likewise, subscribers to TCGP will receive SLW! Podcast on the 15th as a BONUS. So, SLW! Podcast subscribers will continue to receive two episodes per month. This makes good sense since the missions of both SLW! and Jubilee OneEarth Economics are so complementary and the two work together closely. For example, I blog on the Jubilee site at CasaJubileo.org occasionally. Your comments on these changes are welcome.

Previous Episodes

First-of-Feb. BONUS–The Common Good Podcast Ep. 92: For Black History Month, Richard Lawrence, author of the new “Light, Bright, Damn Near White: Stories and Reflections of a Multi-Racial Black Man’s Battle with Racism in America” on the power of white in a multi-color humanity

Ep. 108: Renowned Biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann on Abundance + More. W.B.’s Website, including Biography and Resources (books, articles, blog, audio, video, speaking engagements)

In this episode–Celebrating AbundanceGift and Task: A Year of Daily Reflections and DevotionsA Way Other Than Our Own: Devotions for Lent; and Rebuilding the Foundations: Social Relationships in Ancient Scripture and Contemporary Culture (with John Brueggemann)

W.B.’s Biblical Reflections for “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?” #1. // W.B.’s Foreword to Alternatives’ collection of new hymns Sing Justice! Do Justice! // SLW! Ep. #69–Sabbath as Resistance: Saying NO to the Culture of NOW [5/15/16] // Money and Possessions: SLW! Ep. #84: Six Theses [1/1/17] // #85: brief Biblical survey [1/15/17]

1st-of-Jan.-Bonus: Derek and Nancy Casady of The Climate Mobilization Confront Climate Crises
Earth’s climate and livability are the biggest issue before us in 2018! That’s why our first episode of the year brings you the articulate voices of Nancy and Derek Casady. Listeners, you’ll hear their stories of why, after all the great experiences of their lives to date, they are now ardently devoted to mobilizing more of us to reverse climate change—still doable, but only if we mobilize like the Allied Powers did in WWII. Hence the name Climate Mobilization. Why should war mobilize us more fervently than working against aggressive powers destroying Earth’s livability? // Vision of the Future (Jerry’s classic blog)

# # #

Themes/Seasons: Alternatives’ Collections IndexLent/Easter

The Simpler Living Daily NUDGE

* * *

In addition to this podcast and its show notes, we post a weekly SLW! blog. We hope you’ll read and subscribe. The BLOG is the companion to our podcast. The content is different, though the subject is the same. Click on blog at the top of the show notes of any episode. Blog INDEX

Recent Responses to All SLW! Media

Welcome to the other podcast I co-host/produce, The Common Good Podcast.

SLW! Recommends Literacy Service–This service contains books (paper, eBooks, audio), video (DVD, internet), audio (CD, MP3), blogs, podcasts, sites. These are somewhat current resources. For classic resources, visit Study/Activity/Action Guides. For more ideas, go to Getting Started. Also see Champions of Simple Living and other worthwhile Links.

Simple Living blog/podcast/site preview service

Treasury of Celebrations: Create Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth, the last edition of the classic series Alternate Celebrations Catalogs.

Simple Living 101: Tools for Activists (shy or bold) | Share the Joy of a Simpler Lifestyle Through Speeches, Workshops, Events, Study/Action Groups, Simplicity Circles and Social Media + BONUS: Social Media Supplement // Self-Starters Needed! // Free coaching for groups on the internet

Themes/Seasons: Alternatives’ Collections IndexAdvent/Christmas/Epiphany | Lent/Easter | Other Seasons | Anytime/Non-Seasonal | Music | Art | Audio | Video | Spanish | Living More with Less

Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes and Art for Simpler Living and Global Justice (Foreword by Cecile Andrews) | Introduction | How to Use This Collection | QUOTES | ART | En Español (all)

10 Tips for a Simpler, More Meaningful Celebrations | SPANISH: 10 puntas

Jubilee Economics / The OneEarth Project colleague Lee Van Ham’s books Blinded by Progress: Breaking Out of the Illusion That Holds Us and From Ego to Eden: Our Heroic Journey to Keep Earth Livable, both part of The OneEarth Project. Also, hear The Common Good Podcast, which I co-host and produce. || NEW three minute film: Ecology and Economics—Colleagues, Not Rivals || Conversation about The OneEarth Project and the book, Blinded by Progress: Breaking Out of the Illusion That Holds Us, by Lee Van Ham, including TheCommonGoodPodcast.com, episode 42 || Lee’s Slide Show || Lee’s new blog series Jubilee Is Bigger Than We’d Thought: Permeates Scripture, Addresses Today’s Crises

Share your thoughts on this podcast and this episode. Email SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com, leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Read & subscribe to the SLW! blog. |  Follow us on Pinterest.

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom. To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments below, then check  

SUBSCRIBE for free through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service. Please rate us in iTunes and leave a review. Send us your email address to receive the free monthly SLW! eNews. Remember to like us on Facebook. Urge your friends to do the same.

Episode Index

Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — listen to episodes #1 and 2. We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, to educate and inspire you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog weekly.

For hard copies of Alternatives’ resources at nominal cost, contact ELCA Archives, 321 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 * (847) 690-9410 * archives@elca.org

Click ABOUT for Music and Cover Art Credits.

We do not solicit or accept donations, nor do we sell anything. All our resources and services are free of charge. We’re an all-volunteer organization. Instead, we urge Alternative Giving. Give away 25% of what you spent last year on all celebrations – Christmas, birthdays, etc. — to local, national and international causes.

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license.

*Treasury of Celebrations: published by Northstone, a division of Wood Lake Publications, BC, Canada, best known for its Seasons of the Spirit curriculum.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>