Conservation for our World of 9 Billion People: The End of Nostalgia and Apocaholism

Presented by Peter Karieva, Chief Scientist, The Nature Conservancy

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
4:30 PM - 6:15 PM
La Kretz Hall, Room 110

Peter Kareiva is the chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy, where he is responsible for developing and helping to implement science-based conservation throughout this worldwide conservation organization and for forging new linkages with partners. 

The expanding world human population, with its demands for food and energy is undeniably placing severe stress on the planet’s ecology and nature.  While there are data to support warnings of impending doom, there are also data that suggest that smart decisions and choices could make a big difference.  The right decisions and choices could help us get through the critical period of the next thirty years with a planet rich in nature, albeit, transformed nature. 

Dr. Karieva will share what he thinks needs to happen for this optimistic vision for the planet to become reality.  Some of these ideas include expanding the tent to include those affected by conservation, strong alliances with the corporate sector and attention to our diverse and increasingly urban population.