Thu, 20 Sep 2018, 18:00
New Economics Foundation, London (UK), New Economics Foundation, 10 Salamanca Place, London, SE1 7HB
Marking the launch of 'Burning Up: A Global History of Fossil Fuel Consumption '
Join us for the launch event for Burning Up: A Global History of Fossil Fuel Consumption by Simon Pirani, published byPluto Press.
Panel discussion (6.30-7.15pm) with Simon Pirani, Lucy Baker (Sussex Policy Research Unit), Kolya Abramsky (editor, Sparking a Worldwide Energy Revolution) and Samantha Mason (PCS, the civil service union)
Coal, gas and oil have been capitalism’s main fuels since the industrial revolution. And yet, of all the fossil fuels ever consumed, more than half were burned in the last 50 years. Most alarming of all, fossil fuel consumption has grown fastest in the last three decades, since scientists confirmed that it is the main cause of potentially devastating global warming.
In Burning Up, Simon Pirani recounts the history of fossil fuels’ relentless rise since the mid twentieth century. Dispelling explanations foregrounding Western consumerism, and arguments that population growth is the main problem, Pirani shows how fossil fuels are consumed through technological, social and economic systems, and that these systems must change.
This is a major contribution to understanding the greatest crisis of our time.
Please join us for a drink afterwards (from about 8.0pm) at the Windmill pub, Lambeth High Street, London SE1 7JS
Supported by Platform London and the New Economics Foundation
Free entry, all welcome