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“Insights from the Third Industrial Revolution” with Jeremy Rifkin

November 19 @ 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm


An urgent plan to confront the climate crisis, transform the Canadian economy, and create a green, post-fossil fuel culture.

Please join us for special public lecture with Jeremy Rifkin, renowned economic and social theorist, who is ranked among the top 10 most influential economic thinkers in the WorldPost / HuffingtonPost 2015 global survey of “The World’s Most Influential Voices.” On the evening of November 19, Mr. Rifkin will visit Innis College to introduce a “Green New Deal” for Canada to address climate change and set the agenda for a bold political movement with the potential to revolutionize society. Rifkin predicts the collapse of the fossil fuel civilization by 2028, resulting in 100 trillion dollars in stranded fossil fuel assets and the rise of a Third Industrial Revolution post-carbon era. He warns that Canada, currently the fourth largest producer of crude oil in the world, will be caught in the crosshairs between the plummeting price of solar and wind energy and the fallout from peak oil demand and accumulating stranded assets in the oil industry and will need to establish a bold Green New Deal economic vision if it is to adapt and prosper.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
6:15 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto

Please let us know if you are able to attend by using our online RSVP form below ▼.

For the purposes of planning, please RSVP as soon as possible. If you have questions, do not hesitate to be in touch with Ennis Blentic, associate director, Advancement, at or (416) 978-3424.


Jeremy Rifkin will present a bold new vision of a Green New Deal that can take Canada, the United States, and the world into a more equitable global economy, create new business opportunities and millions of jobs, and establish a sustainable post-carbon society. This transition into a Zero-Emission Third Industrial Revolution Infrastructure will transform the way we conduct commerce, govern society, educate our children, and engage in civic life. Rifkin will discuss how the headlong push to a near zero marginal cost society and the sharing of nearly free green energy and mobility and redistributed goods and services will give rise to a highly generative circular economy and an ecological civilization.

Jeremy Rifkin is an American writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist. Rifkin is the author of 21 bestselling books about the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment.

Jeremy Rifkin has been an advisor to the leadership of the European Union since 2000. He has advised three presidents of the European Commission – Romano Prodi, Jose Manuel Barroso, and the current President, Jean-Claude Juncker – as well as the European Parliament, and numerous EU heads of state, including Germany’s Angela Merkel, on the ushering in of a smart green Third Industrial Revolution economy.

In The Green New Deal, New York Times bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin delivers the political narrative and economic plan for the Green New Deal that we need at this critical moment in history. The concurrence of a stranded fossil fuel assets bubble and a green political vision opens up the possibility of a massive shift to a post-carbon ecological era, in time to prevent a temperature rise that will tip us over the edge into runaway climate change. With twenty-five years of experience implementing Green New Deal–style transitions for both the European Union and the People’s Republic of China, Rifkin offers his vision for how to transform the global economy and save life on Earth.


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November 19
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm
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