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Join us in Seattle on May 16 - 19, 2017 for the 11th annual Living Future unConference! Learn more and register here: http://www.livingfutureunconference.org/.
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Thursday, May 18 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Jevons Paradox?
TRACK: Master Speakers

Climate denialism and defeatism are close cousins. They both breed inaction: denialism by distorting our understanding of the climate crisis (“there is no crisis”), and defeatism by distorting our understanding of climate solutions (“there are no solutions”). Those of us in the Living Future community are not particularly swayed by climate denialism. But we are more susceptible to climate defeatism, and that makes defeatism a potential threat to the action that we must take. Denis and Zack will unpack defeatism and draw upon environmental economics to connect NZE building with the imperative to “keep it in the ground.”

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Denis Hayes

Founder, Bullitt Foundation
As president of the Bullitt Foundation, Denis leads an effort to mold the major cities of Pacific Northwest and British Columbia into models of sustainability for a rapidly urbanizing planet. The Foundation applies ecological principles to the design of healthy, resilient human ecosystems... Read More →
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Zack Semke

CMO, NK Architects
Zack specializes in business development catalyze the growth of mission-driven organizations, particularly ones devoted to ultra-low-energy building design and construction. Prior to his position as Chief Marketing Officer with NK Architects, Zack served as Chief Evangelist for the... Read More →

Thursday May 18, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Westin: Ballroom 1 (Grand Level)