Tuesday, December 4, from 4 – 5:30 p.m. in Salomon Hall
Presentation by Mitchell Thomashow
Rachel Carson traveled a long and harrowing path from the publication of Under the Sea Wind (1941) to Silent Spring (1962). Her journey has been central to our awareness that the environment that sustains us is essential and fragile. And that our relationship with that environment is characterized by mutual dependence. We require the air, water, food, and energy provided by the natural world, but how we act can have severe and potentially irreversible consequences for the very environment that sustains us.
Carson’s legacy is perspective and vocabulary to answer a fundamental question about the balance necessary for sustainability: How can we balance creation and extinction, wonder and indifference, hope and foreboding? This question remains absolutely pertinent to scientists and citizens alike who are concerned about climate change, threats to biodiversity, and altered biogeochemical cycles. Join Dr. Thomashow, an internationally recognized leader in discussions about sustainability in the context of our contemporary planetary predicament, for this important conversation.
Brought to you by the Office of Sustainability and the Center for Educational Excellence