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Launch of A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It

December 22, 2010 No Comment

Launch of A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It – Published by Pluto Press / Macmillan (2010)

The first study of its kind, peer-reviewed by a multi-disciplinary panel of twelve scientists and scholars, to explore the interconnections and trajectories of climate change, energy depletion, food scarcity, economic instability, international terrorism and state-militarization as symptoms of global systemic failure.

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Event Hosted in the House of Lords by the Labour life peer, Lord Nazir Ahmed, Sponsored by the Commonwealth Journalists Association (UK), Chaired by Toufic Machnouk, Associate Director, Institute for Policy Research & Development.

Speakers:

Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, Executive Director, Institute for Policy Research & Development, bestselling author and international security analyst, specialising in the political ecology and historical sociology of mass violence. He is Executive Director of the Institute for Policy Research & Development, and has taught international relations, empire and globalization at the University of Sussex and Brunel University. His latest book is A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It, which explores the systemic interconnections of climate change, energy depletion, food scarcity, economic instability, international terrorism and state-militarization.

Dr. Jeremy Leggett, UK Industry Task Force on Peak Oil & Energy Security, CEO of Solarcentury, author of Half Gone

David Wasdell, lead scientist on feedback dynamics of coupled complex systems for the European Commission’s Global System Dynamics & Policies project, accredited expert-reviewer for the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report

Wednesday 8th December 2010, House of Lords

About A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization:

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“A very worthwhile read for policymakers everywhere.” Rt. Hon Michael Meacher MP – UK Minister of State for the Environment (1997-2003); Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Security (1975-79); Under-Secretary of State for Industry (1974-75)

“Dense, brilliant and frightening. [Ahmed] has connected the dots… a truly impressive book.” Bruce L. Fisher, Director, Center for Economics and Policy Studies, State University of New York

“A staggeringly comprehensive bird’s-eye view of the gaping cracks that are appearing in global industrial civilization… If you want to understand why the world is coming apart at the seams and what we can do to lay the foundations for a sane, peaceful, and sustainable society, read this book.” Richard Heinberg – Senior Fellow, Post-Carbon Institute; author The Party’s Over, Powerdown and Peak Everything

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