Climate Change and Regreening the Emerald Planet: Dwight H. Terry Lectures 2018 | Thomas Lovejoy


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Published on Nov 6, 2018

Thomas Lovejoy, University professor at George Mason and senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation, delivers the last of three lectures on the importance of values and their potential application to solving environmental challenges.

The challenge of climate change. How is it affecting the Emerald Planet? How much might be “too much”? Is the sixth extinction at hand? How can ecosystem restoration help us address climate change and how that might change our perceptions of how our planet works? And how it might best nurture human aspiration? What is the role of awe?

Fragmenting Creation – Dwight H. Terry Lectures 2018

Published on Nov 6, 2018

Thomas Lovejoy, University professor at George Mason and senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation, delivers the second of three lectures on the importance of values and their potential application to solving environmental challenges.

Professor Lovejoy tells the story of how science eventually tumbled into recognition of the conservation importance of habitat fragmentation. He explores how natural connections can be restored in landscapes. And turns to questions of values: “Can we advance from thinking of nature as small patches isolated in human-dominated landscapes to an outlook where human aspiration is imbedded in nature? Can we adequately feed additional billions of people without obliterating most of wild nature? What is the role of human settlements?’

Under a Desert Sky – Dwight H. Terry Lectures 2018

Published on Nov 6, 2018

Thomas Lovejoy, University professor at George Mason and senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation, delivers the first of three lectures on the importance of values and their potential application to solving environmental challenges.

Professor Lovejoy explores the complexity of the relationship between people and the environment. Science illuminates the various ways in which we affect the environment, he says, and science can help us consider which ways might be more or less desirable. He explains the gift of blue-green bacteria, and asks “Are planetary boundaries real? And can they inform us about possible choices?” There are multiple ways in which nature nurtures humanity, he concludes, but are there ways—beyond the utilitarian—to value and consequently respect nature?

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