Biography

David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, Oberlin College, and the Executive Director of the Oberlin Project. He is the author of seven books including Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse (2009) and Hope is an Imperative (2010).

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It is quite possible that by the year 2100 human life will have become extinct or will be confined to a few residential areas that have escaped the devastating effects of nuclear holocaust or global warming. —Brian Barry1 Evolution equipped us to deal with threats from dependably loathsome enemies and fearsome creatures, but not with […]

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It is commonly assumed that our national security depends only on our capacity to project military power beyond our borders and has little to do with how we organize the internal business of the country. The nation’s armed strength and its “soft power” are necessary components of security, but they are not—and cannot be—the whole […]

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A Copernican shift is underway in fields as diverse as agriculture, materials science, architecture, engineering, business, economics, urban planning, waste management, national security, and many others. In every case, it is driven by the need to discover patterns and larger systems essential to reaching higher levels of efficiency and lower …

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