Robert Gallucci: The Challenges of Philanthropic Leadership

Robert Gallucci

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes the President of the MacArthur Foundation Robert Gallucci for a discussion of the work of the Foundation and his role as President. The conversations then turns to the foundation's recent initiative on nuclear threats exploring its emphasis on the twin challenges of proliferation and terrorism.

Key Words: Environment, Leadership, Nuclear Proliferation, Philanthropy

R. James Woolsey: Environmental Policy and National Security

R. James Woolsey

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes former Director of Central Intelligence R. James Woolsey for a discussion of the linkages between oil dependence, climate change and national security. Woolsey discusses his involvement in the anti war and civil rights movements in the 1960's. He analyzes the end of the Cold War and the problem of shifting paradigms in national security. Focusing on energy and climate change, he recalls the origins of his focus on environmental issues and describes the opportunities and constraints in the portfolio of options that would transform energy dependency...

Oronto Douglas: The BP Disaster: Lessons from the Niger Delta

Oronto Douglas

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Oronto Douglas for a discussion of the impact of the major oil companies on the ecology and politics of Nigeria. Drawing on his experience as a native of the Niger Delta and a leader of the environmental movement there, Oronto Douglas traces the struggle for environmental justice in his homeland. He analyzes the problems facing the new President of Nigeria and discusses his own role in the new administration. Oronto Douglas then analyzes the BP disaster in the American Gulf Coast and compares that tragedy to the experience of the Niger Delta. He...

Oronto Douglas: Environmental Justice

Oronto Douglas

In this edition, Nigerian attorney and environmental activist Oronto Douglas, talks about political activism and cultural identity in the context of globalization, the international oil economy, and the domestic politics of Nigeria.


Key Words: Nigeria, Environment, Political Activism

Norman Myers: The Journey of an Environmental Scientist

Norman Myers

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes scientist Norman Myers who talks about his intellectual journey and his work in the environmental movement.



Key Words: Geographers, Environment, Berkeley Graduate Lecturers, RIP

John Harte: Understanding the Global Environmental Crisis

John Harte

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Professor John Harte of UC Berkeley for a discussion of what environmental science teaches us about the potentially catastrophic consequences of a failure to address the current environmental crisis. His intellectual odyssey from physics to environmental studies offers important insight into how scientists have come to understand the relationship between humanity and nature and the necessary conditions for providing a balance that insures the well being of future generations. The conversation concludes with a discussion of how the present moment can be seized...

James Gustave Speth: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability

James Gustave Speth

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Yale Professor James Gustav Speth for a discussion of his career in the environmental movement. Professor Speth traces his changing perspective on the appropriate response to the environmental crisis. Concluding that only a radical transformation of capitalism will save the planet for future generations, he outlines the changes in consciousness and in the political agenda that will be required.


James Gustave Speth: Manifesto for a New Economy

James Gustave Speth

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes environmentalist James Gustave Speth, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School for a discussion of his new book, America The Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy. Speth discusses the systemic failure at the heart of the American crisis highlighting the inadequacy of a motivational system that focuses on economic growth, profits, and power to the detriment of people and the environment. In his view, the American system is broken. He criticizes progressives for not focusing on the big picture and thereby not recognizing the way issues like poverty,...

Christopher Patten: Shaping Environmental Policy

Christopher Patten

British Secretary of State for the Environment joins UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler for a discussion of the politics of environmental policy.


Key Words: Environment, Development, Great Britain

Amory Lovins: Natural Capitalism

Amory Lovins

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Amory Lovins for a discussion of Natural Capitalism. Lovins explains the origins and mission of Rocky Mountain Institute and analyzes the opportunities and benefits of using the profit motive to redesign the relationship between the environment and capitalism. Drawing on his thirty year career as an innovator/consultant/scientist,he analyzes the mechanisms by which ideas can impact business practice and government policy with the goal of sustaining the environment.

KEYWORDS: Capitalism, Nuclear Power, Sustainability.