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Stewards of the Earth: Hope for our Planet

We’ve assembled an all-star group of ecologists, naturalists, and creative thinkers for an urgent but hopeful conversation about the environmental pressures bearing down on Earth’s rich spectrum of species. Join legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle and some of the most insightful, effective, and vocal champions of sustainability, for a wide ranging discussion about solutions to the rapidly declining biodiversity on our planet. It’s a rallying event about the very future of life on Earth.

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Stewards of the Earth: Hope for our Planet

We’ve assembled an all-star group of ecologists, naturalists, and creative thinkers for an urgent but hopeful conversation about the environmental pressures bearing down on Earth’s rich spectrum of species. Join legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle and some of the most insightful, effective, and vocal champions of sustainability, for a wide ranging discussion about solutions to the rapidly declining biodiversity on our planet. It’s a rallying event about the very future of life on Earth.

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Moderator

Bill BlakemoreNews Correspondent

Bill Blakemore became a reporter for ABC News 46 years ago, covering a wide variety of stories. He spearheaded ABC’s coverage of global warming, traveling from the tropics to polar regions to report on its impacts, dangers, and possible remedies.

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Participants

Shahid NaeemEcologist

Shahid Naeem is professor of Ecology in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology and director of the Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability at Columbia University. He obtained his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, was a postdoctoral fellow at Imperial College of London, the University of Copenhagen, and University of Michigan.

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Carl SafinaEcologist, Author

Carl Safina’s work has been recognized with MacArthur, Pew, and Guggenheim Fellowships, and his writing has won Orion, Lannan, and National Academies literary awards and the John Burroughs, James Beard, and George Rabb medals.

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Jennifer NewellAnthropologist

Jennifer Newell is curator of Pacific Ethnography. Her particular interests are in material culture and the relationship between Pacific Islanders and their environments. Dr. Newell’s major research project explores climate change and cultural change in the Pacific.

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Lynette WallworthFilmmaker, Multimedia Artist

Lynette Wallworth is an Australian artist whose immersive video installations reflect on the connections between people and the natural world.

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Sylvia EarleOceanographer, Marine Biologist, Author

National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Sylvia A. Earle is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer who has been called a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress and “Hero for the Planet” by TIME magazine.

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