Award-winning biologist, Dr. Guy Mcpherson to discuss climate change ,energy decline and designing community resilience.

© Penny Krebiehl, 2012

© Penny Krebiehl, 2012

FRIDAY, MAY 17 | 7 PM | $5-10 suggested donation

PUBLIC WORKSHOP hosted by Kite’s Nest
SATURDAY, MAY 18 | 12 PM | $5-10 suggested donation

The American Empire has been fueled by fossils: our current mainstream food, housing, energy and economic systems rely on the plentiful availability of cheap oil. What happens when a system consumes resources at a faster rate than can be replenished?  Collapse, evolution, or both.

For nearly two decades petroleum geologists and energy-literate economists have been predicting the collapse of the global economic system, based on the growing cost of oil extraction: tar sands, deep water drilling, and fracking are far more difficult, expensive, and risky than rapidly depleting crude. Climate change, largely the result of attempting to generate an infinite-growth economy on a planet with finite resources, threatens the continued mass extinction of plants, animals, and possibly the human species.

The Basilica Hudson is built on a land-fill in the Hudson River Bay. We are aware of these on-going climate and environmental issues and are concerned about the effect on the Hudson Valley. We are grateful to have the opportunity to speak with Dr. McPherson about this, and get his perspective on our own region. Basilica Hudson is proud to launch its Educational Lecture Series with Dr. Guy McPherson, Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources and the Environment from the University of Arizona. Dr. McPherson will be the Basilica Hudson’s first public lecture for the 2013 series.

Dr. McPherson and his family live in an off-grid, straw-bale home, cultivating organic gardens, an appreciation for diversity, and a thriving gift economy within the rural desert Southwest.  His most recent book Walking Away From Empire chronicles McPherson’s journey from academia to  his pursuit of durable living, as portrayed by documentary filmmaker Mike Sosebee’s film: Somewhere in New Mexico at the End of Time. Dr. McPherson will be delivering a series of presentations in New York and Pennsylvania May 17th – May 26th 2013.

On Friday, May 17th, McPherson will share clips from the new Documentary, Somewhere in New Mexico at the End of Time, his presentation on Global climate change, energy decline and durable living will be followed by a wide-ranging discussion. The event begins at 7:00 p.m.

On Saturday, May 18th, Dr. McPherson will present a workshop for adults and kids hosted by Kite’s Nest. The workshop will focus on ways we can protect and preserve our natural environment, followed by a walk along the waterfront and explorations of the South Bay. The event begins at Noon at Kite’s Nest, 108 South Front st, Hudson, NY 12534 (the annex to Basilica’s main building).

Both events are open to the public with a suggested donation of $5-$10 to help defray Dr. McPhereson’s travel expenses.  This event is sponsored by Basilica Hudson and Kite’s Nest.

For More Information, Please visit Guy’s Websites:
Nature Bats LastYouTubeFacebook, and Twitter


(hosted by the Hudson Sloop Club)
FRIDAY, MAY 17 | 5-7 PM | *bring a dish if you’d like!