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CANCELLED (for now): Steady-State Economics for Environmental Protection, Jobs, and Security
March 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
***** In keeping with the CDC guidance to avoid events of 50 people or more until early May, MAREA’s March and April meetings are cancelled. There will be no TEK Park and no Zoom event on Tuesday, March 31 and Tuesday, April 28. At this point, we are still planning to hold the May 14 book discussion ( details). The selection is “Supply Shock” by Brian Czech, available in paperback and audiobook. Brian was our scheduled speaker for March. We plan to reschedule him to speak with us in the future. *****
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Speaker: Dr. Brian Czech, Executive Director, Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE)
Global GDP is about to breach $88 trillion, with the USA accounting for 25 percent of it. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has climbed to an all-time high of 30,000, and unemployment is at an all-time low. While politicians across the spectrum claim credit for this economic “success,” Brian Czech says these figures should appall and alarm us! Dr. Czech is the Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE), and MAREA’s featured speaker on March 31.
Czech’s talk will provide an overview of steady-state economics, which Czech calls the “macroeconomic arm of ecological economics.” However, Czech will quickly hone in on two of the most controversial topics in ecological economics today: the sustainability of GDP growth and the prospects for avoiding limits to growth with technological progress.
Applying principles of ecology to the human economy, Czech will argue that GDP has become an outstanding indicator of one thing above all others; namely, environmental destruction. Next, with a systematic analysis of the origins and process of research and development (R&D), Czech will defuse the notion that technological progress can reconcile the conflict between economic growth and environmental protection. Czech will conclude with proposals for consumer reform, economic policy, and international diplomacy.
MAREA is very pleased to have Brian share his insights with us on Tuesday, March 31, at 7:00 at TEKPark (9999 Hamilton Boulevard, Breinigsville, PA 18031, between Kutztown and Allentown).
MAREA meetings are free and open to the public. All are invited! After the meeting, please plan to stick around and chat with friends old and new. Light snacks will be served. Hope to see you there.
Czech will be bringing copies of a new book, Best of The Daly News: Selected Essays from the Leading Blog in Steady State Economics, 2010-2018. Hot off the Steady State Press—CASSE’s new book publishing imprint—Best of The Daly News is a collection of classics from the CASSE blog. Edited by Czech, the book includes essays by Herman Daly, Brent Blackwelder, Rob Dietz, and several others. Best of The Daly News will be offered at the reader-friendly price of $10, or as a membership gift to those joining CASSE ($25 for standard membership).
For first-timers, please see TEK Park Directions (https://themarea.org/tek-park-directions/) for map and parking directions. Signs for parking are posted about 30-min before event starts. Any questions, call (484) 646-3295. Welcome!
Speaker Bio: Brian Czech is the founding president of CASSE (2003), and signed on as Executive Director in 2018. Czech served as the first conservation biologist in the history of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1999-2017, and concurrently as a visiting professor of natural resource economics in Virginia Tech’s National Capitol Region. He is the author of several books including Supply Shock , Shoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train , and The Endangered Species Act: History, Conservation Biology, and Public Policy , as well as over 50 academic journal articles. His primary contributions to ecological economics pertain to the “trophic” origins of money, the process of technological progress, and the political “ steady state revolution.” Czech is a frequent speaker, moderator, commentator, and regular contributor to the Steady State Herald . He has a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, an M.S. from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.