Population growth, land use change, global warming, degradation of ecosystems and loss of biodiversity - we have entered an era where we can no longer assume that human actions have small consequence for the planet. We have no choice but to manage the planet - to make responsible choices resource exploitation, energy use, environmental protection, food production. Given the inevitable amount of warming that the planet will soon see - and especially given the 2ºC target that is the center of most international efforts right now - we are entering a phase of "global environmental triage": figuring out what we can save, since we can't save it all.
Tom Lovejoy and Andrew Light will lead an evening of discussion on the "Managing the Planet Initiative", with a panel of faculty experts and audience discussion.
A reception follows the discussion in the Mason Hall Atrium.
Professor of Biodiversity, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University
Thomas E. Lovejoy recently arrived at George Mason in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. He has been active in the science and policy of climate change and ecosytems and biodiversity since 1985 and has co-edited two books on the subject (1992 and 2005). He chairs the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility, and will lead the international launch of the third Global Biodiversity Outlook in Nairobi on May 10, 2010.
Director of the Center for Global Ethics at George Mason and Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress
Andrew Light is an internationally recognized expert on the relationship between environmental policy and ethics, specializing in restoration ecology, urban ecology, and climate change. On these topics he has authored, co-authored, and edited 17 books including: Environmental Values (2008); Philosophy and Design (2008); Controlling Technology (2005); Environmental Ethics (2003); Moral and Political Reasoning in Environmental Practice (2003); Technology and the Good Life? (2000); and Environmental Pragmatism (1996). Light is also co-editor of the journal Ethics, Place, and Environment.
Light is a frequent advisor to various agencies on the ethical dimensions of environmental and technology policy. He is currently working on questions of fairness and equity in national and international regimes for climate regulation and the social impacts of new energy technologies.
Susan A. Crate
Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University
Susan Crate is an interdisciplinary scholar specializing in environmental and cognitive anthropology. She has worked with indigenous communities in Siberia since 1988 and speciﬁcally with Viliui Sakha since 1991. Her current research focuses on understanding local perceptions, adaptations, and resilience of Viliui Sakha communities in the face of unprecedented climate change. Crate is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, one monograph, Cows, Kin and Globalization: An Ethnography of Sustainability, 2006, Alta Mira Press and senior editor of the 2009 volume, Anthropology and Climate Change: From Encounters to Actions, Left Coast Press. She is an assistant professor on Anthropology in the Department of Environmental Science & Policy at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.
James L. Kinter III
Director of the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA) and
Associate Professor of Climate Dynamics, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences, George Mason University.
A frequent contributor and leader of national and international review panels on climate and supercomputing, Dr. Kinter studies climate predictability on seasonal and longer time scales. As Director of COLA, he manages all aspects of basic and applied climate research conducted by the Center. Of particular interest in his research are prospects for prediction of El Niño and climate variations using high-resolution computer models of the Earth's atmosphere, oceans and land surface. At Mason, he has led curriculum development and teaching of graduate and undergraduate students, notably the popular Climate 101 - Global Warming: Weather, Climate and Global Society. Dr. Kinter is a Fellow of the American Meteorplogical Society.
E. Franklin Dukes
Director,Institute for Environmental Negotiation, University of Virginia and
Director, Environmental Conflict Resolution Initiative, (Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Department of Environmental Science and Policy),George Mason University
Affiliated with both the University of Virginia and George Mason
University, Dr. Dukes designs dispute resolution and public
participation processes, mediates and facilitates, teaches and trains,
and conducts research. He has worked at local, state, and federal
levels on projects involving environment and land use, community
development, education, and health. His current projects include
facilitation of a stakeholder group for Virginia's Watershed
Improvement Plan for the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, a coalfields landscape
renewal project, a science advisory process for the Giant Sequoia
National Monument, and an initiative to address the legacy of harm of
slavery and segregation at the University of Virginia.
He is co-founder and core faculty of the Virginia Natural Resources
Leadership Institute. As part of IEN's "Collaborative Stewardship
Initiative," he initiated the "Community-Based Collaboratives Research
Consortium" seeking to assess and understand local collaborative
efforts involving natural resources and community development, and the
"Best Practices Guidance Project" resulting in the publication of
Collaboration: A Guide for Environmental Advocates.
Director, Center for Climate Change Communication,
Professor of Communication, George Mason University
Ed Maibach is a professor of communication and director of the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University. With over 25 years of experience as a researcher and practitioner of public health communication and social marketing, Ed now focuses exclusively on how to mobilize populations to adopt behaviors and support public policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help communities adapt to the unavoidable consequences of climate change. Ed previously had the pleasure to serve as Associate Director of the National Cancer Institute, as Worldwide Director of Social Marketing at Porter Novelli, as Chairman of the Board for Kidsave International, and in academic positions at George Washington University and Emory University. He earned his doctoral degree at Stanford University and his MPH at San Diego State University.