In August 2013 a group of presenters was trained in how to give Dr. Bartlett's famous talk about exponential growth and the consequences of mindless consumption: Sustainability 101: Arithmetic, Population, and Energy. This presentation begins the conversation about exponential growth, and how it can be applied to overpopulation and energy consumption. This is an important conversation to have because talking about population is a sensitive issue that many are not willing to address. However, it is important not to turn a blind eye to the issues of over consumption, peak oil, the seemingly endless growth to the human population. Instead we need to be mindful in one’s own consumption habits and decisions about reproduction. By the end of this presentation, the audience will be able to see how individual choices can contribute to the solution or exacerbate the problem. Audience members will have the tools to discuss these issues with their family, friends and community and ways in which they can reduce their own impact on the environment.
You can request this presentation for your class, community group, neighborhood, school, or church using the link below to fill out our presentation request form. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The premier training was completed on August 16. We are hoping to offer this training again soon. If you are interested in attending the next training, please fill out the application buy using the link below.
There are thousands of organizations dedicated to conserving the Earth's natural resources and combating climate change, but very few address the impact of exponential population growth. Dr. Albert Bartlett was a pioneer in this area, spreading the word that no growth is sustainable. We are looking for people that are passionate about global issues and resource conservation to continue his legacy and expand our outreach on this very important message.
Applicants will be asked to commit to delivering this presentation in their community, at their school or in their classes at least three times during the 2013-2014 year. In exchange attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a full day training that will cover modules on Arithmetic and Exponential Growth, Population Dynamics, Energy, Climate Change, and Facilitation and Controversy. These modules will be led by experts in the field, including Steve Andrews, Beth Osnes, and Marty Walter. In addition to these modules, participants will hear Dr. Bartlett's presentation and have the opportunity to meet him and ask questions during the reception at the end of the training.
Dr. Bartlett is a Professor Emeritus of Nuclear Physics from the University of Colorado Boulder, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1950. He was President of the American Association of Physics Teachers in 1978 and in 1981 he received their Robert A. Millikan Award for his outstanding scholarly contributions to physics education. Dr. Bartlett has given his celebrated lecture, Arithmetic, Population and Energy over 1,600 times. His collected writings have been published in the book, "The Essential Exponential! For the Future of Our Planet."
We highly encourage all training participants to thoroughly review Dr. Bartlett's work in order to be prepared for the training. You can find links to his many articles as well as links to videos of his presentation on his website.
Steve Andrews retired as an energy consultant in 2005 in order to co-found a non-profit, non-partisan education organization called the Association for the Study of Peak Oil—USA (ASPO-USA). He volunteered with them through 2009. Steve has been publicly speaking about the peak oil issue since 1996, with roughly 250 presentations made to date on the subject. He helped create and still helps produce the free weekly Peak Oil Review with former CIA analyst Tom Whipple. During his 26 years in the energy sector, Steve worked on diverse projects for a wide range of clients including utilities, home builders, cities, state agencies, and public television.
Dr. Beth Osnes
Beth Osnes, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of theatre at the University of Colorado. As co-founder of the former Mothers Acting Up (2002-2011), she toured a program in partnership with Philanthropiece Foundation entitled, the MOTHER tour, to locations around the world to create a global community of mothers moving from concern to action on behalf of their most passionate concerns. In conjunction with this program she is developing a methodology specific to gender equity in clean energy development using theatre as a tool to include the voices of the women living in poverty in the planning and implementation of development projects in Panama, Guatemala, India, Nicaragua and the Navajo Nation. She has presented on this work at the World Renewable Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi in 2010, the World Renewable Energy Forum in Denver in 2012, and the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio in 2012. She has conducted field research as a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia. She has published books and many articles on women’s vocal empowerment, gender equity in sustainable development, mothering, activism, and the performing arts. She is featured in the award-winning documentary, Mother: Caring for 7 Billion (www.motherthefilm.com). Her upcoming book, Theatre for Women’s Participation in Sustainable Development will be published by Routledge in 2013.
Dr. James White
Dr. James White is a noted climate scientist working on abrupt climate change, sea ice and sea-level changes, and carbon cycles. His research interests are broad but revolve around the use of environmental stable isotope ratios that tell us about paleoclimate, biogeochemistry, and global change. He has been involved in reconstructing both the longest and the most high-resolution climate records obtained from ice cores. His work has been instrumental in showing that large climate changes tend to occur as abrupt shifts in mode, probably driven by internal adjustments in the Earth climate system (rather than gradual adjustments to changing external conditions like energy received from the sun). Shifts of more than 10˚C in mean temperature in less than a human lifetime are common in the paleoclimate record, and serve as a warning that adaptation to future climate changes may not be easy. Dr. White is a popular teacher as well as researcher, and regularly conducts courses and innovative programs that address human interactions with the environment. Dr. White is Director and Fellow of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, Professor of Geological Sciences, and a Professor in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. According to Web of Science, he is one of the top 1% most highly cited authors in his field. He received his PhD from Columbia University in 1983.
A huge thank you to the planning team that has been instrumental in creating and implementing this training. Susan Beckett, Chris Nichols, Kelly Simmons and Michael Trolier came together because they believe so strongly in Dr. Bartlett's message and want to ensure it continues to be delivered well into the future.