Sept. 4, 2012
-- The Conundrum: How Scientific Innovation, Increased Efficiency, and Good Intentions Can Make Our Energy and Climate Problems Worse
A Conversation with Author David Owen
Thursday, September 20, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
What if everything we have been told about living green is wrong? What if our efforts to consume green and efficiently only exacerbate the problems they are meant to solve? Despite our best intentions, David Owen argues that we are at cross purposes to our true goal of living sustainably and caring for the future of our planet. With global and economic increases in efficiency, we consume more, use more energy, and ultimately negate any environmental gains by increasing our carbon footprint.
The Conundrum is an insightful nonfiction narrative filled with fascinating information and anecdotes that takes you through the history of energy, our quest for efficiency and the environment. We already possess the technology and knowledge to live the real path of sustainably but as consumers, are we willing to do it? That is the conundrum.
David Owen is the author of more than a dozen books including Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less are the Key to Sustainability. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1991, a contributing editor at the Atlantic Monthly, senior writer at Harper’s and the contributing editor to Golf Digest. David received his English degree from Harvard in 1978 and lives in Washington, Connecticut. His website is www.davidowen.net.
Joseph Montebello will facilitate this conversation with David Owen. All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public. A wine & cheese reception will follow the event. The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for signing and purchase. Space is limited. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or logging onto www.owlibrary.org and clicking on Programs/Adult Programs. This program is generously sponsored by Union Savings Bank.