[Technics & Civilization-3] Lithium, fossil fuels and complexity

[Technics & Civilization-3] Lithium, fossil fuels and complexity

Max Wilbert discusses lithium, renewable energy, fossils and complexity with Layne Hartsell.

In this segment of my series on techniques and civilization, I speak with Max Wilbert, an environmental thinker, author, and activist about some of the technical issues surrounding lithium, minerals, and fossil fuels. We then go through the geophysical system and biodiversity and how this affects all species. Similar to some of the previous discussions with ecophilosophers, with whom he works, about techniques and civilization, Wilbert thinks the underlying cause is a deep disconnection with nature, where climate change, loss of biodiversity, etc. , are symptoms. Problems, issues, crimes, must be dealt with holistically and socially, not just individually.

We chose lithium, primarily for this discussion, because of the increasing attention the element is receiving due to a renewable energy system being built, in which there is funding, research, exploration and enormous social discord related to the immediacy of climate change. and the fundamental question of energy. Wilbert delves into the subject of energy pointing out the huge engineering construction that has taken place over the past two centuries due to the high concentration of energy in a small amount of fossil fuels and says we will have to reduce energy consumption, at least, until perhaps a better form of energy or a higher concentration of clean energy can be found or generated.

Max Wilbert is an author, thinker, climate activist and artist working in the fields of ecophilosophy and multimedia. His photographs have been featured in National Geographic Traveler and recognized for their excellence in conservation photography. In 2010, he received a Collegiate Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for his photography and writing documenting climate change research in the Siberian Arctic. He is the co-producer of a podcast called The Green Flame.

Layne Hartsell is a board member of Korea IT Times and a research professor at the Center for Science, Technology, and Society, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, and the Asia Institute, Berlin/Tokyo, in the fields of energy , economy and environment (3E)

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