Title: Educating for Sustainability: Lecture by Rosina Bierbaum on "The Changing Climate for Development"
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Time: 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
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Contact: Regina Drew
Location: Gould Welcome Center, 50 West 4th St., First Floor
Open to public?: Yes
Admission price: Free
Join us for a lecture by Rosina Bierbaum, Dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, on Tuesday, September 28 from 6:00-7:30 PM on the topic of "The Changing Climate for Development".
The event is free and open to the public.
Today's enormous development challenges are complicated by the reality of climate change - the two are inextricably linked and together demand immediate attention. Climate change threatens all countries, but particularly developing ones. Estimates are that developing countries would bear some 75-80% of the costs of anticipated damage caused by the changing climate. Developing countries simply cannot afford to ignore climate change, nor can they focus on adaptation alone. But developed countries must make financing and technologies available. Action to reduce vulnerability and lay the groundwork for a transition to low-carbon growth paths is imperative for both developed and developing countries. This talk will explore how to better help people cope with new or worsened risks. Land and water management must be adapted to better protect a threatened natural environment, while at the same time meeting the need to feed an expanding and more prosperous population. Energy systems must be transformed to meet increasing demand while drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The World Development Report 2010 is an urgent call for action: a climate-smart world is within reach if we act now, act together, and act differently.
The Educating for Sustainability lecture series is cosponsored by the NYU Sustainability Task Force and the Environmental Studies Program.