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"Faculty Panel on Global Resources"

Panel: Professors Sarah Anderson, Jeff Dozier, Tom Dunne, Bob Wilkinson
Moderator: Professor Matt Potoski

Monday, October 22, 2012
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

"By about 2050, the human population is expected to reach 9 billion. Those billions will be seeking food, water and other resources on a planet where people are already shaping climate and the web of life. Will we overheat or innovate, conserve or despoil, fly over the guardrail or round the curve with some scrapes and life lessons?" Andy Revkin

Come and see our esteemed Bren professors discuss the future of our planet. Bring your interdisciplinary Bren brains to pose brilliant questions and incite controversial conversation." — your hosts, the Bren School Dean's Council and MESM students Briana Seapy, Derek Wiggam, and Chuck Schonder

Sarah Anderson

Jeff Dozier

Tom Dunne

Bob Wilkinson

Matt Potoski

The discussion topic will be global food security, global water resources, & growing global population, with status updates, priority threats, and what we can do about them.

Given that environmental policy is fraught with uncertainty, the panelists will be asked to tap their experience and background in describing how they think decisions should be made with respect to the following questions.:

  • Tipping points: do they exist and what should we make of them?
  • Disparities in shouldering the burden of necessary change (e.g. developed vs. developing world: who will change habits, who should change habits, etc.?
  • The capacity of technological innovation to absorb increased demand for resources.
  • What specific policies can we implement in California, the U.S., and globally to prepare for equitable distribution of food and water for the earth’s growing population?
  • How do we create sustainable international agreements that follow environmentally conservative approaches?
  • What are the most promising sustainable geoengineering solutions to limited availability of food and clean potable water?
  • Can or should we do anything to stem the growth of human populations?

NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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