Global warming is a reality. The scientific community has moved beyond that debate. The question now is: what will our future look like if we are able to become a truly sustainable civilization? How much will we have to give up?
Amazon two-day shipping?
Bananas in our dining halls?
Aric McBay and Kenny Ausubel agree that we will have to make massive sacrifices, but their exact visions of the future are dramatically different. McBay believes that the world must fracture into small-scale, agriculture-based societies—a far cry from the global capitalism we know today. Ausubel doesn’t think that people are going to be willing to give up their cars or their free markets, but argues that we will need to have much greater localization of our basic needs if we want to preserve something similar to our modern way of life.
The desirability and practicality of both of these positions will be debated, as well as what tactics environmentalists must employ to save our planet. Is using violence in the name of Planet Earth ever morally permissible? By the end of the debate, we will address what people ought to be doing at an individual level to achieve a sustainable society.
Aric McBay is a radical environmentalist, author of What We Leave Behind and a leader of the Deep Green Resistance, which argues that mainstream environmental activism has been largely ineffective.
Kenny Ausubel is an award-winning social entrepreneur, author, journalist, and filmmaker. He is the Co-CEO & Founder of Bioneers, a nationally recognized nonprofit dedicated to disseminating practical and visionary solutions for restoring Earth’s imperiled ecosystems and healing our human communities.