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Sustainable: A society that balances the environment, other life forms, and human interactions over an indefinite time period.
MFS Note: The following introduces the text used in a presentation Dr. Bartlett has presented over 1,300 times across the country. In high demand, he would be happy to give his presentation again in Minnesota. See below for contact information. The complete presentation is available on the MFS Website here.
Arithmetic, Population, and Energy
Data from the U.S. Department of Energy are used to show that the realistic
lifetimes of U.S. coal, U.S. petroleum and world petroleum are much shorter than
the optimistic figures that are so often quoted. Next the talk then examines
reassuring statements from experts, the press, scientists, political leaders,
and others, that are wildly at odds with the facts. The talk then examines the
widespread worship of economic growth and population growth throughout the
western world. These facts give the listener a better understanding of the real
meaning of "sustainability," which Prof. Bartlett gives as the First
Law of Sustainability:
This allows the listener to appreciate fully the implications of the growth
path of western society and in particular, of the United States. The talk closes
with a plea for the widespread education of people on the arithmetic and
consequences of growth.
The Great Challenge
The talk is easily divided into two parts for groups where talks are limited to a half-hour.
Call the University of Colorado’s Information Technology Services at (303) 492-1857.
Professor Bartlett lectures regularly to a wide variety of audiences from coast to coast on the topic "Arithmetic, Population, and Energy." In 29.5 years he has given this lecture 1300 times. A one-hour videotape of this lecture is available from the Ms. Kathleen Albers Department of Information Technology Services University of Colorado at Boulder (80309 - 0379) or by phone at 303-492-1857.
Professor Albert Allen Bartlett
Al Bartlett is a retired Professor of Physics who joined the faculty of the University of Colorado in Boulder in September 1950. His B.A. degree in physics is from Colgate University and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in physics are from Harvard University. In 1978 he was national president of the American Association of Physics Teachers. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1969 and 1970 he was the elected Chair of the four-campus Faculty Council of the University of Colorado.
In the late 1950s Al was an initiator of the citizens’ effort to preserve open space in Boulder, and this ultimately led to the establishment of the City of Boulder’s Open Space Program which (1998) has purchased over 26,000 acres of land to be preserved as public open space. He is a founding member of PLAN-Boulder County, an environmental group for the City and County.
Since the late 1960s he has concentrated on public education on the problems relating to and originating from population growth. In 29 years since 1969 he has given his lecture, "Arithmetic, Population, and Energy" to audiences of all levels from coast to coast. More recently he has written on sustainability, examining the widespread misuse of the term, and examining the conditions that are necessary and sufficient for sustainability in any society.The complete presentation is available on the MFS Website here.
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