Monday, April 6, 2009

Crash Course - Environmental Data

Have you ever heard of Chris Martenson? Me neither, until today. Mom found his website while doing some research and she thought you might be interested in hearing about him. He has put together a series of videos (20 of them) which represents his best attempt to explain exactly how we got into the economic crisis we are currently in. The videos are free and he is offering them to everybody who wants to view them on his website But who is Chris Martenson and why should I care about what he has to say about anything?

First of all, Chris Martenson is not an economist. He was trained as a scientist with the intention of teaching, but learned along the way that teaching at the collegiate level was not going to pan out. He switched gears, got an MBA, and then worked in the corporate world in finance. You can read about his before and after story on his website, but the most important thing to know is that he figured things out, on a personal level, and changed his lifestyle. As he says "... most importantly, I now know that the most important descriptor of wealth is not my dollar holdings, but the depth and richness of my community." Powerful words, huh?

Okay, now back to the video portion of this blog. I am not into economics, but the economy does affect me. The video that most interests me of the entire series is chapter 18 which deals with the environment. He explains how our resources are being depleted as the fasted rates ever and how this ties into economics. He also talks at length about overpopulation and the demand for fossil fuels, which are not infinite like some may think. The take away from this chapter is that it is so important for everyone to understand that our natural resources must be carefully managed for not only our environmental future but also for our economic future.

I tried several times to upload this video so that you could view it on my blog, but received error messages every single time. Maybe it is too big, I don't know. The video is 16 minutes and 22 seconds long, but it has such great information that you will be glued to the screen during the entire video. Please click here to view it and let me know what you think about it.


Pugsley said...

Thank You for your kind words about my new sister!! I can't wait to have a sister:)

Have a GREAT Tuesday!!!!

Stubby said...

Pugsley - I can't wait to see your sister so I hope you get her soon. Stubby xoxo