Jeremy Rifkin on Climate Change and Alternative Energy


Jeremy Rifkin, the founder and president of the Foundation On Economic Trends, talks about the impact that climate change will have on human civilization and what can still be done if we want our species to continue existing.

At roughly 15 minutes into his talk, he talks about alternative energy, or, as he calls it, distributed energy. After that, he talks about the impact of livestock on climate change and expresses dismay at how absent is from the discourses of our political leaders.

Interestingly, he calls alternative energy as ‘sunrise energy’ and fossil fuel as ‘sunset energy’, which I think are perfect metaphors.

Article by Antonio Pasolini, a Brazilian writer and video art curator based in London, UK. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in film and television.

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Walter’s contributions to CleanTechies over the past 4 years have been instrumental in growing the publications social media channels via his ongoing editorial and data driven strategies. He is the founder and managing director of Sunflower Tax, a renewable energy tax and finance consultancy based in San Diego, California. Active in the San Diego clean technology community, participating in events sponsored by CleanTech San Diego, EcoTopics, and Cleantech Open San Diego, Walter has also been a presenter at numerous California Center for Sustainability (CCSE) programs. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law where he teaches a course on energy taxation and policy.