Over Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28), I will be speaking at the Age of Limits Conference in southern Pennsylvania, not too far from Baltimore. The other speakers will be John Michael Greer, Carolyn Baker, Dmitry Orlov, and Tom Whipple. The web site for the conference is ageoflimits.org.
The flyer for the conference has a heading of “Limits to Growth on a Finite Earth.” The description is as follows:
For 50 years serious thinkers have questioned the assumptions of our global industrial culture and its prospects over the longer term. In recent decades they have succeeded in bringing at least some of the core science into popular discussion, notably petroleum depletion and especially climate change. Through these years proposals have been made outlining the governmental policies that would be necessary to begin “solving” these problems. Sadly, we can now see through the course of events, or rather non-events, that the window of opportunity is closing, if not already closed. We are now confronted not by a problem, but by a predicament; one which has no solution, but only adaptations and mitigations.
Tentatively, my talks will be on the following topics:
- Resource Depletion in General and Fossil Fuels in Particular
- Rentier Debt and the Collapse of Debt Based Finance
- Understanding the Limits of Renewable Energy Systems
Many of you are probably familiar with the other speakers, and the kinds of things they are likely to talk about. The plan is to include plenty of time for discussion. There may be sessions where all of us are involved.
Furthermore, according to the flier:
This is not intended to be a conference in the usual sense of presentations to a passive audience. We will instead foster “Weekend Community” through the creation of physical spaces that encourage attendees meeting and exchanging with each other and with our presenters… in a very natural and beautiful setting. In addition to two full days of presentations and workshops, there will be low-key Appalachian string music in our community spaces featuring a finger foods social meet and greet Friday evening, a stage performance Saturday evening and an old style barn dance Sunday evening. And we will be offering community meal plans through our “Starvin’ Artist Kitchen.” It is not all Doom and Gloom!
The conference is sponsored by Four Quarters InterFaith Sanctuary, a religious and sustainability organization. Talks will be in one of the buildings on their 100+ acre property. The fee for the conference is $75 or $85 depending on the registration date. This fee does not include meals (available through a separate meal plan) or camping on the site ($15 for the weekend, plus $15 if you want a fire ring and firewood). There are also motels and Bed and Breakfasts nearby where a person can find accommodations.
I have not been involved with this type of arrangement before. I am sure it will be an interesting learning experience for all!