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The Week of Bill Rees

Posted on Jan 24, 2011

How can it be that I can know the right thing to do, do the wrong thing instead, and still consider myself an intelligent being? We’ve all had that experience. I shouldn’t eat any more of those fattening canapes, we think. I should not smoke. I should not take another drink. And then we eat the snack, light a cigarette, pour the drink, and ogle our neighbour’s spouse, to boot.

If we understood why we act this way, maybe we could understand our wide-awake self-destructive behaviour as a species.  That’s the issue that really concerns Dr. William Rees in the 90-minute interview we’ve just posted on the site.

A brilliant thinker and a wonderful speaker, Bill Rees is the inventor of footprint analysis, one of the most revealing methods of measuring the human impact on the planet, and we talk a bit about that, too.

It’s a fascinating conversation, and I’ve done my own meditation about its theme in this week’s column, which has also just been posted on the blog. With the interview and the column both appearing at once, this is clearly The Bill Rees Week at The Green Interview. 

I was interviewed myself recently for the CBC show "At The Table," and the interview was broadcast at 1:00 AM on Friday morning, when hordes of viewers were clustered around their TVs, eager to hear what I had to say. The conversation, hosted by Amy Smith, was mostly about the sea and the shore, and it will be re-broadcast at humane but unpredictable hours on coming weekends. In the meantime, you can find it on the CBC website at www.cbc.ca/atthetable and on iTunes through cbc.ca/podcasting.

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