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Curbing Consumption: A Money-Saving Lecture for Broke Asses

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Despite its annoying, clipboard-carrying solicitors stationed on the sidewalk outside every grocery store in this town, Greenpeace’s heart has always been in the right place. So it’s fitting that former Greenpeace CEO Paul Gilding is the brains behind tonight’s talk, “Curbing Consumption: Forming a New Economic Model,” sponsored by the World Affairs Council.

I know you’ve been feeling the global financial tides a-shifting, and you’re just about fed up with our waste-based economy. Perhaps you, too, have even danced with the devil by living beyond your means. So what better to lift your spirits than a guy lecturing you about how depressing the next few decades are going to be (“filled with loss, suffering, conflict, geopolitical instability, food shortages and massive economic change”)? But seriously, dude also believes that as a result, we’ll become better, more innovative, more compassionate humans. Lesson: Be awesome, and you’ll survive current and/or impending brokedom.

Ironically, this hourlong presentation costs $15 for most of us excepting students. But there’s a workaround: FREE live webcast! Hit the coffee shop, order a water, and tap into that complimentary WiFi for a glimpse into the future.

“Curbing Consumption: Forming a New Economic Model” at World Affairs Council Auditorium
312 Sutter Street at Grant [Union Square]
Tuesday, May 3, 6-7pm
$5-15 (or FREE
live webcast) a
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