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The Fate of the Earth: A lecture with Elizabeth Kolbert

June 01, 2018
6 p.m.

Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe
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Join The Nature Conservancy and The School for Advanced Research (SAR) at the annual President’s Lecture: The Fate of the Earth with speaker Elizabeth Kolbert. Staff writer at The New Yorker, Kolbert is best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History" (Holt, 2014).

Extinction rates today are hundreds, perhaps thousands of times higher than they have been through most of the history of life. There are seemingly many causes for this, including climate change, habitat destruction, ocean acidification, invasive species and poaching. But trace these back, and inevitably you arrive at the same culprit: us. There have been five mass extinctions over the last half a billion years.

In her book, Kolbert presents evidence for her belief that humans may be bringing about a sixth mass extinction. Among the critical questions she raises:

  • Can we arrest this process?
  • If we knew what to do, would we be willing to do it?
  • What does the future look like on a biologically impoverished planet?

After a talk by Kolbert, she will engage in a conversation and question-and-answer session with Dr. Michael Brown, President of SAR, and Terry Sullivan, Director, The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico. A cash bar reception and book signing will follow in the lobby. We hope to see you there!

Generous support provided by:
Michele Cook and John Camp

Underwriter level:
Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation

Lecture sponsored by:
• Inn on the Alameda
• SunPower by Positive Energy Solar
• The Lensic Performing Arts Center
• Whole Foods Market

Media sponsors:
KUNM 89.9 • KSFR 101.1 • Violet Crown Cinema

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