How to Spend $75 Billion to Make the World a Better Place? (Green Thinkers – 13th Nov 2014)

How to Spend...This month we are going all out to avoid confirmation bias, and reading the newly released 2nd edition of “How to Spend $75 Billion to Make the World a Better Place” by Bjorn Lomborg. No doubt a worthy question to ask, but will you agree with Lomborg’s analysis? If not, come and tell us how you would spend the cash. All opinions welcome.

You can purchase the kindle edition for £3.28, or paperback from £8.99 on Amazon. The seller is the Copenhagen Consensus Center, USA.

Join us at on 13th November 2014 at the fantastic Bridge Hotel, Newcastle.

Entry to our meeting will be £5, or £3 concessions, and include chips and sandwiches. Food from 6.30pm, and discussion from 7pm.

Feel free to forward this email to anyone you know who might be interested in joining our discussion.

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‘Prosperity without Growth’ by Tim Jackson – Bookclub debate on 6th June 2013

Prosperity without Growth

Green-Thinkers is reading is the bold and provocative ‘Prosperity without Growth‘ by Tim Jackson this spring.

You are invited to our second bookclub that will take place at the Bridge Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ on 6th June 2013 at 6.30pm. To book email by 29th May, and pay £5 on the door which includes room hire, chips and a sandwich (£3 for concessions).

This book will be an interesting contrast to our previous read by Mark Lynas. Jackson begins with the same premise that we are living beyond ecological limits but he goes on to say that ‘a world in which things simply go on (growing) as usual is inconceivable’ and that to achieve necessary carbon reduction targets the carbon content of each dollar has to be 130 times lower by 2050 than the average today. He also argues that beyond a certain point continued economic growth doesn’t advance human happiness, and that we are locked into an ‘iron cage’ of consumerism that is hell-bent on disaster. Later in the book he to proposes various ideas for what more sustainable economic structures might look like.

Do you agree with Jackson that the current economic structures are unsustainable and need reform? or do you side with George Osborne that the environment is a barrier to growth and there should be greater deregulation? What would a global economy look like that valued people as well as GDP? Would it be liberal or domineering? What does this mean to your community or organisation?

If these questions interest you then pick up a copy of Jackson’s book and join our next stimulating debate. As a taster you can watch Jackson’s TED Talk at

Prof Jackson was also at Newcastle in Nov 2011 to give public lecture on the book, so this is a great opportunity to follow up on that stimulating event. See Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability (NIReS) website here.

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Suggestions wanted for books to discuss at Green-Thinkers bookclub?

We are looking for contemporary sustainability books covering a range of topics that would appeal to non-specialists. Topics may include peak food, the fracking  debate, population growth, climate change, green cities, sustainable design, and sustainable capitalism. All suggestions welcome.