BIL 2015

March 21-22nd at Imperial Vancouver. Doors open at 8am. Opening remarks begin at 9:30AM.

Brennan Wauters


Brennan is part of a communal house in East Vancouver that focuses on pooling resources to reduce our carbon footprint. He has run in two elections as a candidate for the Green Party of Canada, one federal and one provincial. Brennan now spends his time working with the Vancouver Renewable Energy Cooperative building solar energy capacity in BC. A trained wind turbine technician and electrician, Brennan will complete his last 12 weeks of training to be a certified electrician this coming June. He has a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Communications and identifies himself as an energy literacy activist.

Talk Title: The Energy Standard: Creating A Planetary Civilization Through Currency

The new story we need is the one that tells the story of money and how it does not serve the future. The way we tabulate what we know and what we can do must be tabulated according to energy first. Energy is the currency of the universe. If we are to create a planetary civilization for future generations, we must understand that it’s not money that tells the story, but energy that tells the story. Energy Return on Energy Invested and the Laws of Thermodynamics must be understood. The moment we understand that the way we make decisions (money) must be a corollary of energy, you start to know exactly what is possible. You start to understand that nature can be nurtured and people can be fed, can be healthy, can be happy, can be a part of the abundance that Earth provides. The investment index of nature when matched by tabulating energy (instead of money) will tell you the real rate of change and possibility. Energy is the truth of what is available and what is possible and Brennan will try to emphasize this understanding to help us make decisions, including investment decisions.