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     Nature Matters Presentation Sustainable Optimism
    
Tuesday April 19 1:30 pm – 3 pm

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Climate change, biodiversity loss, overpopulation, poverty, resource depletion, habitat destruction, ocean acidification, sea level rise; what’s there to be optimistic about?

In this wide-ranging presentation, illustrated with slides and video clips, Rob Lerner will share recent developments in renewable energy, regenerative agriculture and other fields that make him hopeful. He’ll also share some novel ideas from leading ecologists on how to think about nature in our post-wild world.

Rob is a biologist, technologist and practicing sustainability advocate. He came of age with the modern environmental movement in the early 70’s, as a student in the Environmental Studies program at UC Santa Barbara. Rob hasn’t always been so positive over prospects for the planet, but he finds hope in current advances in science and technology, and especially in the work and commitment of the next generation of planetary stewards.

Without picking winners or predicting the future, Rob will discuss the core issues confronting humanity today, and along the way challenge some of the assumptions about what it means to live sustainably, for example:

  • How Monsanto has given GMOs a bad name, and the role genetic engineering can play in agriculture, nature conservation, and the genetic future of our species;
  • How Fukushima has given nuclear power a bad name, and the potential of “next generation” technologies to power our future;
  • How industrial meat production has given beef a bad name, and the role livestock can play in healing degraded landscapes;
  • How the U.S. corn lobby has given biofuels a bad name, and the role the they may play in our future transportation infrastructure;
  • Why finger-pointing at China over pollution and environmental degradation is deceptive, and how they may lead the world on the path to a sustainable future.

Rob will also share ideas, practices and the simple choices we all can make in the way we live our lives to secure a sustainably prosperous future for generations to come.

Please join Audubon for this thought-provoking presentation and what's sure to be a spirited conversation to follow!

 




 
 
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