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Jun 22, 2018

There is a pressing need to rethink how we produce, consume and transmit energy, to diversify our energy sources, and to reorder our daily lives as well as the larger structures of our economies. These shifts, whether in the form of self-driving cars or backyard geothermal plants, are coming regardless of climate change – they’re happening naturally. But such changes are not just about convenience and leisure. They may transform the way we conceive of our ecology, our society, and our place within it.

Ben chats with forester, geographer and public policy professor Warren Mabee.

About the Guest

Dr. Warren Mabee is, in his own words, a forester who somehow became a geographer. He is a professor and head of the department of geography and planning, as well as a professor of policy studies, at Queen’s University in Kingston. He is a Canada Research Chair in Renewable Energy Development and Implementation as well as the Director of the Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy. His research focuses on the interface between renewable energy policy and technologies, with particular emphasis on wood energy and biofuels.

Learn more about Warren.