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Sustainable Optimism

Rob Lerner

Green San Miguel

By April Gaydos

Audubon de Mexico Nature Matters Presentation
Sustainable Optimism
Tue, Apr 19, 1:30-3pm
El Nigromante, Bellas Artes
M. Malo Auditorio, Hernández Macías 75
415 111 4518
60 pesos (Audubon members free)

Climate change, biodiversity loss, overpopulation, poverty, resource depletion, habitat destruction, ocean acidification, sea level rise—what’s there to be optimistic about?

In this wide-ranging presentation, illustrated with slides and video clips, Rob Lerner will share recent developments in renewable energy, regenerative agriculture, and other fields that make him hopeful. He’ll also share some novel ideas from leading ecologists on how to think about nature in our post-wild world.

Rob is a biologist, technologist, and practicing sustainability advocate. He came of age with the modern environmental movement in the early ’70s as a student in the environmental studies program at UC Santa Barbara. Rob hasn’t always been so positive over prospects for the planet, but he finds hope in current advances in science and technology, especially in the work and commitment of the next generation of planetary stewards.

Without picking winners or predicting the future, Rob will discuss the core issues confronting humanity today and along the way challenge some of the assumptions about what it means to live sustainably, for example:

How Monsanto has given GMOs a bad name and the role genetic engineering can play in agriculture, nature conservation, and the genetic future of our species;

How Fukushima has given nuclear power a bad name and the potential of “next generation” technologies to power our future;

How industrial meat production has given beef a bad name and the role livestock can play in healing degraded landscapes;

How the US corn lobby has given biofuels a bad name and the role they may play in our future transportation infrastructure;

Why finger-pointing at China over pollution and environmental degradation is a canard, and how they may lead the world on the path to a sustainable future.

Rob will also share ideas, practices, and the simple choices we all can make in the way we live our lives to secure a sustainably prosperous future for generations to come.

Please join Audubon for this presentation that we hope will provide you with new insights, infuse you with a dose of optimism, and encourage you to join in a spirited community conversation on the information presented in Rob’s talk.


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