Which Comes First, Peak Everything or Peak Us?
Andrew Revkin writes The New York Times Dot Earth Blog and is a senior fellow at Pace University’s Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies. He was a staff reporter at The New York Times from 1995 through 2009, covering all aspects of the environment with a sustained focus on climate change. He has written books on the Amazon rain forest, global warming, and the once and future Arctic. Prior to this, Revkin was a senior editor of Discover, a staff writer for The Los Angeles Times, and a senior writer at Science Digest. He has taught at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and the Bard College Graduate Center for Environmental Policy.
Most people alive today will witness a momentous juncture in the history of the human species–the point when explosive growth in human numbers and appetites crests and is followed by . . . no one knows. Decisions made today about energy, education, urban design, and other matters can help smooth the transition from a sprint to a marathoner’s gait. Business as usual will almost assuredly lead to unnecessary losses.
This Provost’s Lecture, co-sponsored by the Department of Ecology and Evolution, Science Open Nights, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, and the Earthstock Committee, will be held on Friday, April 29, at 7:30 pm in the Student Activities Center, Ballroom A.