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The Hydrogen Economy: a question of culture?

The issue of culture is rarely addressed in the debate on alternatives to the fossil fuel economy, but is essential in the campaign to move beyond a dependency on oil. Jeremy Rifkin, director of the Foundation on Economic Trends, USA, will explore this issue in a lecture on Tuesday 12 October at LSE.

Hydrogen holds the greatest promise as an alternative to the fossil fuel economy but significant technological obstacles remain before a comprehensive hydrogen infrastructure can be developed. Greater still are the cultural challenges of making a shift of this magnitude. Yet questions of culture are frequently ignored in contemporary debates about alternative energy regimes and the possibilities of distributed generation.

Jeremy Rifkin will look at why culture is a fundamental issue that needs to be addressed for hydrogen to offer a viable alternative to the fossil fuel economy. He will also illuminate why progressive commodification of culture at global and local level threatens future energy security and sustainability.

US economist and futures thinker, Jeremy Rifkin, is director of The Foundation on Economic Trends based in Washington DC. Author of The Age of Access and The Hydrogen Economy amongst many titles, his most recent book is The European Dream.

Ahdaf Soueif, author of The Map of Love, and Professor Yvonne Rydin, Professor of Environmental Planning at LSE, will chair this event.

The Hydrogen Economy: a question of culture? is on Tuesday 12 October at 7pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE, Aldwych, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all but a ticket is required. Tickets for this event have now all been allocated. The lecture is BSL interpreted.


  • Members of the public: Tickets for this event have all been allocated. A returns queue will be in operation on the night. For more information, click here.
  • Members of the press: To request a press ticket for this event, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk 


This event is co-hosted by LSE Environment and LIFT in association with the Greater London Authority and London Hydrogen Partnership with additional support from the Arts Council, England and sponsored by Morgan Stanley. The Greater London Authority is working towards a hydrogen economy for the UK.

This lecture is part of the London International Festival of Theatre's public enquiry into the role of theatre for our times worldwide. More information on www.liftfest.org|

29 September 2004