Building resilience, with Nicole Foss

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Date(s) - 30/06/14
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Tomaree Library & Community Centre


As a part of “Sustainable living workshops” series put on by Port Stephens council for local residents, Nicole Foss will give a free talk at the Tomaree library and community centre, Salamander Bay on Monday June 30th. If you live in the area, make sure you don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear one of the world’s most eminent sustainability commentators.

Nicole Foss, also known as ‘Stoneleigh’, is a Canadian sustainability, energy, and finance expert. She is best known for her works at her website, Nicole was editor of the Oil Drum: Canada website where she wrote on the connections between energy and finance. She will examine the links between the converging pressures facing the globe (energy, environment, resources, financial crisis, climate change) and how this current path is unsustainable. She will also discuss the implications for our everyday lives and what we can do to become more resilient.


The entry for this talk is free but booking is advised, as limited number of seats is available.

Ring Melinda Anderson on 4980 0251 or email

nicole_foss_portrait_2014We are approaching many limits to growth over the next several decades, and are consequently facing many challenges in our immediate future. Finance, energy, environment, resources and climate will all impact on the single-minded, one-dimensional trajectory human society has been on in our era of growth imperative. Our current path is unsustainable. It cannot and will not continue, so we must adapt our societies in order to build a new future.

The first challenges are being presented by the on-going global financial crisis, which is far closer to its beginning than it end, and by the geopolitics of energy. Events in Europe, particularly in Cyprus, Detroit and latterly the Ukraine, represent a major wake up call that financial crisis is about to resume in earnest and that energy issues are moving towards criticality in many places. We must anticipate and navigate a period of rapid economic contraction and increasing risk of resource conflict, punctuated by the emergence of geopolitical wildcards.

Nicole will paint a comprehensive picture of where we stand today globally, how our human operating system functions, how and why it is acutely vulnerable, and what we must do about the predicament in which we find ourselves. The focus will be financial, social, and geopolitical, reflecting the priority of impacts likely to be felt in the relatively short term. The critical factors for change will be highlighted, with an outline of the possibilities that exist within the scope of the emerging reality. We must plan to restructure our societies from the bottom up, so that both the transition period and our eventually recovery from the coming upheaval can rest on a solid foundation. That foundation requires the resurgence of resilient communities and the development of true human capacity.

pt stephensHumanity stands on the edge of a precipice, and where we go from here is in our own hands. There is both considerable danger, and the opportunity to address what is arguably the most challenging situation in human history constructively.


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