October 12, 2009
Michael Shellenberger Speaks at Stanford Today
Join Breakthrough President Michael Shellenberger today, Tuesday, May 29th at Stanford University as he discusses our recently published ebook - Love Your Monsters: Postenvironmentalism and the Anthropocene. The talk will begin at 6:00 pm in building Y2E2, Room 382. Click here for more details.
Love Your Monsters features essays from a number of illustrious thinkers in the fields of conservation and ecology including Peter Kareiva, Chief Scientist at the Nature Conservancy; Bruno Latour, author of We Have Never Been Modern; and Mark Sagoff, director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University. The authors put forward a vision of postenvironmentalism for the Anthropocene, the age of humans and argue that it is within our reach to create a world in which we protect other species and special places while ensuring that all ten billion humans live prosperous and fulfilling lives. But this future is only possible if we embrace human development, modernization, and technological innovation.
Since it has been published, Love Your Monsters has received numerous positive reviews in a wide range of publications. Salon.com called Love Your Monsters, "The best thinking about the implications of the Anthropocene idea." Time called the book "a provocative argument, not the least because it departs from the usual apocalyptic environmental narrative." And Scientific American's John Horgan says that the best thing about Love Your Monsters is "its optimism, which I'm coming to believe is a prerequisite for progress."
Love Your Monsters has sparked a wide-ranging debate on the future of conservation both at the Breakthrough Journal and elsewhere. Tonight, Shellenberger will continue that conversation at Stanford University.
Michael Shellenberger, along with Ted Nordhaus, is the founder of the Breakthrough Institute. He is coauthor of "The Death of Environmentalism" and the 2007 book Break Through, which was called "prescient" by Time and "the most important thing to happen to environmentalism since Silent Spring" by Wired. He is executive editor of the Breakthrough Journal.