Mike Nickerson, the author of Life, Money and Illusion published by Gabriola Island’s New Society Publishers, will be speaking on the subject of sustainability at Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo Campus, Building 200, Room 203, from 7:30 pm to 9 pm on Wednesday, May 13, 2009. Mike and his wife Donna Dillman are traveling across Canada to promote the new edition of his book due out in September, 2009. Mike Nickerson has studied the evolution of societies for almost four decades, and his talk “Living on Earth as if we want to stay” is intended to share his understanding of change and his hopes for a better future. Materialism and economic expansion threaten our survival as a species but positive change is still possible through taxation and monetary reform. From their base in Ontario, Mike has worked on waste management issues while Donna has been a leader of the struggle against uranium mining.