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Conserving Species in a Changing World

Class of 1945 Lecture
09/25/2013 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Statler Hall Auditorium, Cornell University
Peter H. Raven, President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden

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The living world that supports us along with all other living organisms is at serious risk owing to a combination of human population growth, rising consumption rates, and the use of often inappropriate technology.  Currently we are estimated to be using approximately 1.6 times what the world can produce with many individual countries far beyond their own ability to support their populations internally, more than 1 billion people malnourished, and more than 100 million at the edge of starvation at any given time.  Not surprisingly, species are becoming extinct at an increasing rate because of habitat destruction, spread of invasive species, and global climate change.  Steps that must be taken to reach global sustainability and social justice are drastic.  Join us to hear Dr. Peter Raven discuss some strategies that can be employed that will save the maximum number of species while achieving a world in which conditions will allow their survival and  the perpetuation of Earth’s living systems.