Acterra presents the 2016 Public Lecture Series
Thank you to our speakers, hosts, underwriters and community for making the 2016 Public Lecture Series a success, stay tuned for more details on our Fall Series.
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Lecture Series Speakers
Harmonizing People and Nature: A New Business Model
Stanford professor and Natural Capital Project Co-Director Gretchen Daily described her quest to measure nature's contributions to society, and in doing so, convinced world and corporate leaders to make smarter decisions for a more sustainable future. Dr. Daily holds several faculty and leadership positions at Stanford University. Her efforts to align economic forces with conservation have led to collaboration, research, and policy-oriented demonstration projects with influential world stakeholders across multiple continents.
Water and California: Where Do We Go From Here?
Pacific Institute President Peter Gleick led an engaging discussion of our region's most pressing water questions, issues, and solutions. Dr. Gleick is a renowned water expert whose research and writing address the critical connections between water and human health, the hydrologic impacts of climate change, sustainable water use, privatization and globalization, and international conflicts over water resources.
Earth Beautiful: Reflections from Space
Astronaut Steve Smith shared highlights from his career and reflections upon how his environmental perspective has been influenced by his time in space. He will also discuss emerging technologies for long duration spaceflight that might spin-off technologies to enable us to live more sustainably on earth. A veteran of four space flights covering 16 million miles and seven space walks, Mr. Smith is currently the Associate Director for ISS, Science Directorate, at NASA Ames Research Center.
The Annihilation of Nature: A Clarion Call for Engagement and Action
Renowned biologists Paul and Anne Ehrlich lead an engaging discussion of humanity's influence on earth's natural resources, the animal kingdom, and the quality of life on our planet. Dr. Paul and Anne Ehrlich hold esteemed faculty positions at Stanford University and have received world recognition for their profound advocacy of critical environmental issues, including conservation biology, biodiversity and habitat preservation. Their recent books include The Annihilation of Nature: Human Extinction of Birds and Killing the Koala and Poisoning the Prairie.
Lecture Series Video
Did you miss Steve Smith's "Earth Beautiful: Reflections from Space" lecture? Check out the video:
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