The Global Ecological Crisis:  Setting the Real Bottom Line with David Suzuki

The Global Ecological Crisis:  Setting the Real Bottom Line

In celebration of Dr. David W. Schindler’s internationally acclaimed career, the Faculty of Science is bringing together his colleagues and former students—science’s luminaries in water ecology—to present a series of lectures to illuminate how science can guide public water policy in the 21st Century.
The symposium kicks off on October 30 with a presentation from David Suzuki: The Global Ecological Crisis: Setting the Real Bottom Line
In the past century, humanity has undergone an explosive change in numbers, science, technology, consumption and economics, that have endowed us with the power to alter the biological, physical and chemical properties of the planet. It is undeniable that the atmosphere and climate are altered; air, water and soil are fouled with toxic pollutants; oceans are depleted; forests are being cleared; and species are disappearing. Now that most people live in large cities, our relationship with nature is less obvious. Humanity needs to rediscover humility and our place in the world so that we and the rest of life can continue to flourish.
The discussion continues throughout the day on October 31, when science’s luminaries in ecology gather for a symposium to demonstrate how environmental policies based on sound, cutting-edge science can minimize the long-term damage to the environment. For up-to-date information on speakers, topics and schedules for the October 31 symposium, please visit: www.science.ualberta.ca/water2013.

David Suzuki

Dr. David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for science, the United Nations Environment Program medal, the 2012 Inamori Ethics Prize, the 2009 Right Livelihood Award, and UNEP’s Global 500. Dr. Suzuki is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and holds 28 honorary degrees from universities around the world. He is familiar to television audiences as host of the CBC science and natural history television series The Nature of Things, and to radio audiences as the original host of CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks, as well as the acclaimed series It's a Matter of Survival and From Naked Ape to Superspecies.

David Schindler

As one of Canada’s leading environmental scientists, Dr. David Schindler has earned an international reputation for his outstanding research that has revealed how aquatic ecosystems function. Schindler has held the “Killam Memorial Chair and Professor of Ecology” at the University of Alberta since 1989. Schindler’s science is aimed at underpinning environmental policy, for which he earned numerous national and international awards, including the Gerhard Herzberg Gold Medal, the First Stockholm Water Prize, the Volvo Environmental Prize and the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.
In recognition of his drive for scientific excellence and inclusive perspectives, Schindler is considered one of the best-informed and strongest voices guiding science and policy to address our most pressing issue—ensuring Alberta’s and Canada’s water safety and sustainability. He takes a pioneering whole-ecosystem approach that has had a profound and widespread influence on freshwater management and policy decisions—saving thousands of lakes around the world.

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For more information visit www.science.ualberta.ca/water2013

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The Global Ecological Crisis:  Setting the Real Bottom Line with David Suzuki with David Schindler

Wednesday, October 30 · Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM at Myer Horowitz Theatre

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