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Thursday, July 6 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Is It Too Late to Save the Environment?

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The claims of bought-and-paid-for climate change deniers notwithstanding, the Earth is reaching a tipping point in which the qualitative shift toward drastic and unpredictable disasters is approaching faster than many hitherto thought possible. Problems of severe weather extremes, soil erosion, coastal destruction, water shortages, mass extinction of species essential to the web of life upon which our own lives depend—we seem to be headed toward inevitable disaster. Are these problems reversible? Or are we just fated to bail water out of this leaky boat that is planet Earth? If we were able to establish a new kind of society in which sensible ideas, backed by science and substantial resources, could be deployed, we could set things on the right course—but the question is: Will it be enough? Phil Gasper will take a hard look at these difficult questions.

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Phil Gasper

Phil Gasper teaches philosophy in Madison, WI. He is the editor of The Communist Manifesto: A Road Map to History's Most Important Political Document (Haymarket Books, 2005) and on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review.

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Grant Park C/D