June 20, 2019

Hunt, Garrison speak at 9th annual Breakthrough Dialogue conference

By Jacqueline Isaacs

Rainey Center co-founders, Sarah Hunt and Bishop Garrison, are both speaking at The Breakthrough Institute’s 9th annual Breakthrough Dialogue, this week in Sausalito, California. This year’s event is recognizing visionary Stewart Brand and celebrating the 10th anniversary of the publication of his book, Whole Earth Discipline.

In that book, Brand, who the Breakthrough Institute calls “the original ecomodernist,” articulated what now is recognized as the core arguments of ecomodernism: “why dense cities, nuclear power, transgenic crops, restored wildlands, and geoengineering are necessary”.

On the opening night of the event, Brand received the Breakthrough Paradigm Award, and the other panels will aim to re-examine Brand’s ideas and tackle important issues such as conservation, nuclear energy, and how the ecomodernist tent can accommodate both its socialist and libertarian proponents.

Sarah Hunt will speak on a panel entitled How Big is the Ecomodernist Tent? Rainey Center helped organize this panel to show that concern for the environment spans the political spectrum and should not be a partisan topic.

Rainey Center also helped organize the panel Whose Ecomodernism?, featuring Bishop Garrison, which will look at why the political left often distrusts ecomodernism and, with it, the technology that makes a "whole earth discipline" possible.

To learn more about the event and the panel discussions, follow the event hashtag #WholeEarthDiscipline on Twitter.

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