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A Millennial Asks: Are We Screwed?

Geoff Dembicki

Reporter Geoff Dembicki.

After six years of writing about ecological collapse, industrial greed, and a political system hostile to change, hope for the future was the last thing Geoff Dembicki expected to find. But that's exactly what happened.

In the early months of 2014, Dembicki began to see the global grip of polluting companies slowly slipping. He watched sustainability becoming a cultural norm. And he saw millennials, self-obsessed though they may be, seeking alternatives to the consumer lifestyles that created the current mess.

Feeling the tremors of a generational shift, Dembicki decided to pursue the big -- yet often unspoken -- question of his generation: Are we screwed? It sent him prospecting for hope on the front lines of a cultural transformation led to a large extent by millennials like himself. Read his dispatches below.

The series was created in collaboration with the British Columbia Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Studies as part of its Climate Justice project.

In This Series


Geoff Dembicki

A Millennial Asks: Are We Screwed?

Recession, climate change... imminent collapse? New Tyee series probes the big question of my generation.

By Geoff Dembicki, 13 Mar 2014


Futurist Gerd Leonhard

Can Big Data 'Solve' Climate Change?

And if so, are the trade-offs worth it? A renowned futurist weighs in. Next in the 'Are We Screwed?' series.

By Geoff Dembicki, 20 Mar 2014



Are We Screwed? 'No,' Says Clean Energy Icon

Society will become 'fairer and smarter' as renewables trounce fossil fuels, Amory Lovins explains.

By Geoff Dembicki, 26 Mar 2014



Embedded with the Planet Savers

Are we screwed? At Globe 2014, I survey the rapidly evolving world of 'clean capitalism' for answers.

By Geoff Dembicki, 31 Mar 2014



Civilization in 2025: Cleaner, Richer, Decentralized?

So predict CEOs and world leaders at Bloomberg New Energy Finance's invite-only summit.

By Geoff Dembicki, 14 Apr 2014



Will Alberta's Oilsands Become 'Stranded Assets'?

In Boston, top sustainable investors describe the industry's final days. Next in the 'Are We Screwed?' series.

By Geoff Dembicki, 28 Apr 2014


Wall St.

How Millennials Are Changing Wall Street

Morgan Stanley puzzles over a generation that wants investing to make our planet less screwed.

By Geoff Dembicki, 5 May 2014



A Future Green Utopia? Forget About It

Flawed, messy and human is how two influential NYC designers see our shift to sustainability.

By Geoff Dembicki, 12 May 2014



So What Do You Think, Is My Generation Screwed?

Three reasons why we millennials may not be. What's your view?

By Geoff Dembicki, 21 May 2014


A screwed man

I Asked You, Tyee Reader, Is My Generation Screwed?

Here's what millennials, boomers and one 'old fart' had to say.

By Geoff Dembicki, 30 May 2014


TED Talk

Fake Your Own Personal Brand: A Vocabulary Guide

Fifteen words and phrases for hacking it in our union-less, entrepreneurial era.

By Geoff Dembicki, 6 Jun 2014



Why I Couldn't Live in Mr. Eco-Footprint's Future

Bill Rees' latest vision for human society is cynical, authoritarian and disempowering.

By Geoff Dembicki, 16 Jun 2014



What If Canada Exported Clean Energy Instead of Oil?

In Africa, where solar is cheaper than diesel, Quebec's Windiga is doing just that.

By Geoff Dembicki, 21 Jul 2014


Futurist Jeremy Rifkin

'Canada Should Not Be Hostage' to Alberta: Jeremy Rifkin

Oilsands take us backward as rest of world moves forward, says famed futurist and EU advisor.

By Geoff Dembicki, 18 Sep 2014



Can We Fix the Climate by Being More Like Hawaii?

Its 2050 Plan is a blueprint for survival. Can Hawaiians, and island Earth, get there?

By Geoff Dembicki, 29 Sep 2014


Hawaiian Trevor Tanaka

How This Teen's Quest to Define 'Sustainability' Changed State Law

And why it could point towards a new model of 21st century public school education.

By Geoff Dembicki, 17 Oct 2014



Five Lessons for Canada from Germany's Clean Energy Revolution

The biggest? That renewables make the economy stronger, says German energy expert David Jacobs.

By Geoff Dembicki, 20 Oct 2014



What the 1970s Can Teach Us about Inventing a New Economy

A Hawaiian futurist recalls the two years he spent trying to end consumerism in Canada.

By Geoff Dembicki, 27 Oct 2014