Sandy LeonVest interviews visionary, teacher and author (of ten books), Richard Heinberg. They talk about his newly released book, "The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality," and why an economy based on "the growth imperative" and fossil fuel consumption is no longer sustainable. They also discuss the current global economic meltdown, the Ocuppy Wall Street protests and how the chaos brought about by IMF-imposed austerity measures in Greece, Poland, Spain Italy and other European countries could end up impacting the US in the very near future. They wrap up the program on a more hopeful note, as Richard Heinberg offers pro-active and positive ways that people and communities can make the transition to a sustainable future.
SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest (www.solartimes.org) engages in a profoundly trivial conversation with poet, lyricist, philosopher and political observer Phil Rockstroh about the Occupy Wall Street protests; (what Naomi Klein calls) the "capitalization of hope;" the ways in which we internalize corporate values, and how shame keeps us from embracing our rage at having been sucked in by the corporate PR machine. They also toy with the concepts of never having found "the swans," disaster capitalism, the nature of dissent and the importance of creativity in an increasingly dogmatic political climate.