Roger Boyd has a BSc in Information Systems from Kingston University U.K., an MBA in Finance from Stern School of Business at New York University, USA, an MA in Global Studies (with a focus on societal responses to systemic threats such as climate change and peak resources) from Athabasca University, Canada, and an MA in Economics For Transition (to a sustainable economy) from Schumacher College, in Totnes, England. From September 2017, he will be a Phd student at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, in Waterloo, Canada.

He has worked ¬†as an executive within the financial industry for the past 25 years, and is also a research member of the B.C. Alberta Social Economy Research Alliance (BALTA) looking at the linkages between issues of sustainability and models of ownership and finance. His first book was published in 2014, “Energy and the Financial System”, by Springer. He second book was published in 2015, “The Schizophrenic Society”, covering the inability of human societies to take the required actions on climate change and ecological degradation. In addition, he also presents at international conferences on such things as climate change adaptation and energy systems, as well as acting as a peer reviewer for academic journals.

He is currently finalizing a final draft of a novel, with a working title of “Acceptance”. A climate fiction political thriller set in 2032.

This blog will endeavour to take both a holistic and integrative approach to the challenges that our huge, and incredibly complex, global society has created for itself. The sheer scale of its consumption from the earth, and its spoiling of that earth with its waste products, is threatening to destroy it. In addition, the enormous and ever increasing amounts of energy needed to keep it going may soon outstrip the amounts available. In the face of these threats humanity has “doubled down” through continued growth and the expansion of its use of energy and other natural resources.

How humanity got to its present predicament, and why it currently seems unable to change course, are complex questions involving such things as politics, history, economics, psychology, and sociology as well as the natural sciences. To look at humanity’s issues through a single lens is both simplistic and dangerous. Solutions may appear to be good ones, but a change in one area may have significant unforeseen effects elsewhere. It has taken over 200 years of fossil-fuelled exponential growth to create the edifice we call modern civilization, and it will not be a simple process to recreate it in a sustainable form.


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