This morning on Exploration, Dr. Richard Heinberg, author of Powerdown, will be talking about ecological collapse. Then, Eric Assadourian of the World Watch Institute will be speaking about the State of the World.
Erik Assadourian is a Senior Fellow at Worldwatch Institute, where he has studied cultural change, consumerism, economic degrowth, ecological ethics, corporate responsibility, and sustainable communities over the past 11 years. Erik has directed two editions of Vital Signs and four editions of State of the World, including State of the World 2013.
Erik also directs Worldwatch’s Transforming Cultures project, which explores innovative new ways to intentionally and proactively transform cultural norms so that living sustainably feels as natural as living as a consumer feels today. Through this project, Erik directed State of the World 2010: Transforming Cultures: From Consumerism to Sustainability and designed Catan: Oil Springs, an eco-educational scenario for the popular board game Settlers of Catan.
Over the years he has been interviewed by media around the world and has traveled extensively to communicate his research findings. Before joining Worldwatch, Erik learned environmental organizing as a fellow with Green Corps, and worked as a Toxics and Environmental Health Field Organizer with U.S. PIRG. He graduated from Dartmouth College with majors in Psychology and Religion modified with Anthropology.