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ESGP Seminar -- Issues in Environmental Science

Jan 31, 2014, 3:00pm - 4:30pm


The ESGP Seminar welcomes Peter F. Sale, Professor, Institute for Water, Environment & Health, United Nations University, who will present Solving our Global Environmental Crisis: The Most Serious Crisis for Humanity Since the Pleistocene, in the Cartoon Room at the Ohio Union.

The global environmental crisis is much bigger than climate change, and as a coral reef ecologist, Peter Sale has a very particular perspective on it – his coral reefs are likely to disappear entirely from our planet by 2050. Reefs will be just one of many casualties as we change our planet into something that we have never known before. Changes happening now represent an existential threat to human civilization, but the good news is that we have the power to decide what kind of future we want.At present, we seem to be stumbling down dangerous paths, and the environment is responding in dangerous ways. Making the needed changes to transition to a good futurefor humanity will take understanding and real commitment, but it can be done and the alternative futures are dire.This talk explores what is happening to coral reefs and to our planet and why, and the decisions we need to make, if we want a good outcome. Will we make the right decisions, and will we do so in time to perhapsalso save coral reefs?

For more information contact: Sarah Straley