Paul Gilding, former CEO of Greenpeace International

The Great Disruption: 
How the Climate Crisis will Transform the Global Economy

All school assembly, Monday, November 7, 2011, 2:15 pm

If you are a parent and would like to attend this lecture, please RSVP to Jessica Eicher at the high school. 

2011 has brought with it many challenges to the global community, namely weather extremes pushing up record food prices, and political instability spiking oil prices. Until now our economy has been based on consumption and waste, where we lived beyond our means and the resources of the planet’s ecosystems. According to Paul Gilding, we have come to the end of economic growth as we know it and now it is time for Economic Growth 2.0. In his new book, The Great Disruption, Gilding paints a picture of the coming decades as ones filled with loss, suffering, conflict, geopolitical instability, food shortages and massive economic change. However, he believes all of this will bring out humanity’s best qualities; compassion, innovation and adaptability will carry us through these coming crises and make us a stronger and more advanced civilization.

About the Speaker:
Paul Gilding is an independent writer, advisor and advocate for action on climate change and sustainability. An activist and social entrepreneur for 35 years, his personal mission and purpose is to lead, inspire and motivate action globally on the transition of society and the economy to sustainability. He pursues this purpose across all sectors, working around the world with individuals, businesses, NGOs, entrepreneurs, academia and government. He has served as CEO of a range of innovative NGO’s and companies including Greenpeace International, Ecos Corporation and Easy Being Green. He has also helped to establish and served on the board of a number of new NGOs including Inspire Foundation, the Australian Business Community Network and Climate Coolers.  He is the author of the new book The Great Disruption.