Presentation for SXSW Eco 2013. Dr. James White and Dr. Alan Townshend.
Humans have reached a critical juncture in our history. In only a few generations, we have achieved startling progress in health and welfare, but have done so in ways that are often unsustainable. Climatologist Jim White and ecologist Alan Townsend team up to present an overview of our environmental challenges in four acts. Act 1 will cover the ground rules: for even the fundamentals of human existence, we need food, water, land and a habitable climate. The provision of those needs conforms to some undeniable rules about how our world works. Act 2 will summarize the state of our global union: where do we stand, and without some changes, where might we be headed? Act 3 will be about some roadblocks on the path to a more sustainable future, while the final act will show why there are still plenty of reasons for hope.