Ecological Economics

This episode features a conversation on Ecological Economics with Richard Norgaard. Richard is a Professor Emeritus of Ecological Economics in the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, the first chair and a continuing member of the Independent Science Board of CALFED, and a foundation member and former president of the International Society for Ecological Economics.  He is considered one of the founders of and a continuing leader in the field of ecological economics. 

Our host is Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-author of Journey of the Universe and professor at Yale University.

In this conversation, Richard surveys the history of human economies and the myths and premises of current economic practices.  In place of our ecologically destructive practices, he endorses an ecological economics that emphasizes care, coevolution, and protection of the environment.

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What is our place in the 14-billion-year history of the universe?

What roles do we play in Earth's history?

How do we connect with the intricate web of life?

This podcast series is part of a larger project called Journey of the Universe that invites us to reflect on these questions. It consists of a film, a book, a series of conversations, and online classes.  

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