Chris to Speak at UN - Open to the Public!

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By cmartenson on Tue, Feb 2, 2010 - 12:00am
After Copenhagen: Understanding the Energy Trap for Policymakers

United Nations Headquarters

760 United Nations Plaza

New York, NY
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 from 1:00 to 2:45

Co-sponsored by the NGO Sustainability and the Mission of Slovakia to the United Nations

This presentation will discuss the macro trends of our economy, energy structure and environment, as they will affect the decisions we make as individuals and policy-makers. Touching on the outcomes of the Copenhagen Climate Summit, Dr. Chris Martenson will explore why and how a financial system dependent on infinite growth will continue to create disastrous friction with the resources and ecosystems of a finite planet.  To enter the solution-space in confronting these timely issues, we will need to understand how these “Three E’s” are inextricably linked, and break apart the myths we tell ourselves as a society to build towards a future of sustainable prosperity.

Light refreshments to be served at 1:00PM; presentation will begin at 1:15PM.

This talk is FREE to attend.  To receive UN clearance to attend the talk, we must have your name, email address and affiliation by Thursday, January 28th.  We may suspend registration early if capacity is reached.  Please email Megan Walsh with your RSVP soon!

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Wow, this is great and exciting news!

Congratulations Chris.  What an opportunity; what a load to bear. You have my best wishes and support.

-Brandon

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Congratulations Chris!!!  What a great honor! They are lucky to have you!!! Warmest wishes to you and your family during the holiday season. Wishing you all the best. Many thanks, as always, for all you do for ALL of us here.

With sincerest gratitude,

Melissa

 

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Re: Chris to Speak at UN - Open to the Public!

How exciting, Chris!!  That's great news; congratulations!!  

-pinecarr

 

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Woo, the UN! Way the go! I'm all behind you :)

Samuel

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Re: Chris to Speak at UN - Open to the Public!

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!  

Excellent news Chris!

Coop

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Re: Chris to Speak at UN - Open to the Public!

Wonderful!

Denise

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Re: Chris to Speak at UN - Open to the Public!

How wonderful, how deserving.  This sent a chill down my spine!  Knock 'em dead Chris!

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Re: Chris to Speak at UN - Open to the Public!

This is great news!!! I've already put in my request to attend. If you are fortunate enough to live within a couple of hours driving/train distance from NYC, and you can take the day off, you should definitely attend. Chris is a tremendous speaker and I'm sure this be event will be well worth your time.

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Re: Chris to Speak at UN - Open to the Public!

Happy New Year Chris!!!

 

What a phenominal accomplshment. Many congratulations.

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Re: Chris to Speak at UN - Open to the Public!

Amazing!! Congratulations.

 

SG

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Re: Chris to Speak at UN - Open to the Public!

This is a well deserved honor.  Congratulations.

Tim

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this is awesome. hopefully you can talk some sense into our leaders. Congrats, Chris!

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Congratulations Chris, let's pray the UN and all listeners get out their pen and paper to take diligent notes.  Kidding aside, may God give you wisdom and clarity as you communicate in this forum in hopes that the masses will listen and respond to your message.  What a great honor and responsibility for you! 

 

Ryan Van Rensselaer

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Re: Chris to Speak at UN - Open to the Public!

Congrats, will this be available online or can someone there make a video of it perhaps?

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Re: Chris to Speak at UN - Open to the Public!

I like your phrase new to me, "to enter the solution space," as positive, inviting, promising creativity, offering reliability in your having solutions to be considered.

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Re: Chris to Speak at UN - Open to the Public!

 Wait  what part of being involved with the UN is a good thing ???

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Re: Chris to Speak at UN - Open to the Public!

Chris, I am still star struck by the idea that you are giving a talk at the UN.  Good luck today, and I look forward to reading about it.

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Re: Chris to Speak at UN - Open to the Public!

So how'd it go?

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I hope it went well. Can those of us who (sadly) missed hear it online one day?

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Re: Impressions from Chris's talk at the UN

Hi All-

   I, and a number of others from this site, had the good fortune to be able to attend Chris's presentation at the UN.  What a kick!  Pat, Ronnie, Amanda, Joe and Amelia, it was really nice to meet you!  There may have been others from the site there as well; these were the folks I had the pleasure to meet and hang out with.   Megan, nice to see you again too!

   Both Chris and Becca were there, so we got a chance to chat briefly with them both before and after the talk, which was great.  At the same time, I was conscious that Chris might have unique opportunities there to interact with influential people in the global arena there, and so didn't want to tie him up in conversation for too long.

   I have to say, this was a venue that was hard for me to read.   So let me describe it, and give what indicators I observed.  Others who were there, please feel free to add your perspectives, and to correct me if you think I get something wrong!

   The talk was moved from whatever (small?) conference room they'd originally planned to a larger one in a new building on the site, due to the large number of RSVPs.  I guess I would describe it as a very large conference room or hall, with several rows of tables.  Chris, and the people hosting the meeting, were at a table up front, facing the audience.  Everyone had a mic, even all of us sitting at the tables.  When we first sat down, the front rows of tables were filled, but at least half the room was empty.  But by the time Chris's talk got going, the room had just about filled up.  I hesitate to try to guess how many people were there.  A couple hundred? 

  Chris's speech in front of the group at the United Nations was excellent, summarizing the main points in the Crash Course.  Chris hit each of the three E's, then showed how they tied together. That went for maybe 1/2 hour or 45 minutes.  Then a Question & Answer period followed for another good 1/2 hour to 45 minutes. 

   I had a hard time readting how the crowd reacted to the talk itself.  Maybe Chris, from his vantage point facing the crowd, got a better read.  But I was very encouraged by the Q&A portion, as there were a LOT of questions, that brought up quite a range of points that we see people wrestle with frequently when they deal with this material early on.  E.g., (paraphrasing, with bad memory): "I thought you were going to talk more about renewable energy sources, and how they are going to help alleviate these problems."  Chris has such a good grasp of the material, and is so good at responding to such questions, that I think the audience learned as much from the QA as they did from the talk.  E.g. just how daunting (in scale) and time-consuming it would be to even attempt to make up future energy shortages with nuclear or solar energy.  I think the QA was valuable in that a number of conventional myths people carry around in their heads like that were dispelled by Chris's ability to easily communicate evidence and examples that showed the reality of the situation.

   I think part of my difficulty in reading the event is my lack of familiarity with how these things typically go!  But if the size of the audience and the QA were any indication, there was real interest in what Chris had to say.  Hopefully it fell on the ears of folks who can and will help elevate these issues at the national and global levels!

   best,

   pinecarr

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Re: Impressions from Chris's talk at the UN

Thanks pinecarr!

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