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Presented by Dr. Sara Via, this webinar addresses the extractive economy of the 19th and 20th centuries, which stems from a culture in which humans see themselves as above nature and free to exploit the natural world for commercial advantage. This view has now gotten us into serious trouble. In contrast, most indigenous cultures consider humans part of the web of biodiversity, with dramatically different outcomes. What can we learn about rebuilding ecosystems and biodiversity from the wisdom traditions of indigenous peoples, and how might applying that knowledge help us build a vibrant and healthy post-fossil fuel world?
Climate change is causing a biodiversity crisis as habitats shrink and become degraded. Why does this matter and what can we do to protect & restore the biodiversity on which we all depend? How will it help to conserve 30% of the nation’s land by 2030, and what can you do in your own yard to be a biodiversity booster? Register.
Sara Via, Ph.D., Professor and Climate Extension Specialist at the University of Maryland College Park, is once again offering free webinars on issues related to Climate Change. Learn more about Dr. Via and the 2021 lectures. Webinars are free, and will be held every other Wednesday. Register for as many as you like. All registrants will be sent a link to the video soon after each webinar.
Spend an evening with marine biologist Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., the first female administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
In this talk, Dr. Lubchenco will highlight solutions that are already underway to create a healthier ocean, and reveal how our health and prosperity are tied to the ocean’s.
A dessert reception will be held at 6pm. The lecture begins at 7pm followed by a Q&A session. Free and open to all.
This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.
About Dr. Lubchenco: She is a world renowned environmental scientist who has deep experience in the worlds of science, academia, and government and is a champion of science and of the stronger engagement of scientists with society. Dr. Lubchenco was Nominated by President Obama in December 2008 as part of his “Science Dream Team.” She served as Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and as the first U.S. State Department Envoy for the Ocean. Dr. Lubcheno is a marine ecologist and environmental scientist by training, with expertise in oceans, climate change, and interactions between the environment and human well-being. To introduce her to his Senate colleagues for her confirmation hearing, Senator Ron Wyden called Lubchenco “the bionic woman of good science.” She currently serves as a University Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University.