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"Live More With Less" On Wednesday's Access Utah

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The new Mormon Environmental Stewardship Alliance (MESA) says that “it is no longer sufficient to merely protest ‘supply side’ assaults on the environment such as coal-fired power plants, fracking, tar sands & oil shale, etc. … The other half of the problem is the demand for dirty energy.  MESA, along with many of Utah’s faith communities and universities, is organizing the “Live More with Less” Conference to be held in the Utah Valley University Science Auditorium on October 3, from 1:30 to 6:30 pm. to “challenge society’s assumption that ‘prosperity’ relies upon an economy based on endless growth and consumption."

Organizers say the conference will probe ways to prosper while drastically reducing our ecological footprint. And presenters will answer such questions as: What would life look like in the United States under a “steady state” economy? Would free markets be hamstrung and capitalism fail? How would planning for a no-growth future change how we plan our lives, our families and our cities? Organizers also say the conference will explore the moral and ethical dilemmas of an overly consumptive society and economic systems, and challenge faith-based communities to be part of the solution rather than the problem.

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Interview with Richard Heinberg

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Interview with Erin Silva, Chip Oscarson, and Warner Woodworth

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Full Show

On Wednesday’s AU we’ll talk with keynote speaker, Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow at the Post Carbon Institute and author of eleven books on peak oil and the end of growth; Erin Silva, University of Utah Architecture & Planning Faculty member, Warner Woodworth, retired BYU Marriott School of Business Professor; Chip Oscarson, BYU Professor of Humanities; and conference organizer, Ty Markham.

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.