Stewart Brand, a pioneer of the 1960s environmental movement, tells Tom Sutcliffe that the green agenda is becoming outdated and sentimental, arguing that science and technology are the answer. The investigative journalist Felicity Lawrence warns that food science is prone to political and financial interference, and Dr Andrea Sella attempts to make chemistry exciting and entertaining. Throughout, Matthieu Ricard, dubbed by neuroscientists ‘the happiest man in the world’, spreads a little meditative calm.
Join ecologist Stewart Brand as he presents a bold and creative set of solutions for producing a more sustainable society.
Stewart Brand, author of Whole Earth Discipline and founder of the Whole Earth Catalog, is working on a new project to bring back extinct animals. From the passenger pigeon to the wooly mammoth, Brand explains why and how the project, "Revive and Restore," plans to bring back some extinct species.
In the 1960s, Stewart Brand became one of the country’s first and most famous champions of a new ecological awareness. His Whole Earth Catalog spoke to a generation of hippies and back-to-nature commune dwellers.
Now, at 70, Stewart Brand is calling on environmentalists to reframe their understanding of the problem — and solutions. It’s too late for back-to-nature, he says. Global warming is beyond that.
To survive now, Brand says, we need nuclear power, genetic engineering, giant cities. We must manage nature or lose civilization.
This hour, On Point: In the face of global warming, Stewart Brand redefines green.