True Originals: M. Sanjayan presents: A New Wild: Saving Nature in a Human-Dominated World
In a world of seven billion humans, can wild nature continue to exist? The environmental movement has long been dominated by a Western philosophy that sees humans as separate from and detrimental to nature. While great strides have been made in the past few decades, most scientists will agree that conservation efforts are simply not keeping up with the vast scale of planetary change. Despite our best efforts, the conservation movement is failing.
Dr. M. Sanjayan, Executive Vice President and Senior Scientist for Conservation International and UCSC grad (Graduate Divison 97), has just returned from a global quest to explore what it means to save nature in a world where wildness no longer exists. Looking beyond the expected devastation of human activity on the natural world, Sanjayan found places--most at the frontiers of where people and wildlife meet--where people can help nature thrive. Even more crucially, this "new wild" relationship is benefiting human well-being in ways we never before imagined.
Sanjayan's talk will draw on his 2015 PBS television series EARTH: A New Wild to reveal how, through human ingenuity, technology and sometimes ecological tragedy, people are becoming a positive part of the ecological systems we depend on for our well-being. The result is a new framework that reinvents environmentalism by making saving nature about saving ourselves.
This presentation is part of the True Originals Notable Alumni Speakers Series.
Dr. Sanjayan is the recipient of the 2015-2016 Alumni Association Alumni Achievement Award; the highest honor bestowed on a graduate of UC Santa Cruz. Previous recipients include NPR Science Correspondent Richard Harris, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Dana Priest and Martha Mendoza, California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird, and Monterey Bay Aquarium Executive Director Julie Packard.
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Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7:30pm
Experimental Theater , Santa Cruz, California 95064
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