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Amazonia and Our Planetary Futures: A Conference on Climate Change

Tsai Auditorium
CGIS South
1730 Cambridge St.
Tue., May 7 – Wed., May 8, 2019

Amazonia and Our Planetary Futures: A Conference on Climate Change

Climate change is one of the most important long-term threats for the future of our societies. Solutions are complex, depending not only on engineering and policy, but also on imagination and public will towards alternative forms of inhabiting the planet. Latin America, home to the largest rainforest areas in the world, is both at risk of environmental catastrophe and a key region in which models for thriving bioeconomies based on rainforests can evolve. This symposium will bring together experts and leaders from the U.S. and Latin America to discuss the past, present and future of Amazonia. We will discuss deforestation trends and their interactions with climate and health; how to move beyond our lack of imagination for viable futures, including the importance and role of indigenous peoples of the Amazon; and ongoing and emerging initiatives towards river-flowing, rainforest-based economies across Amazonia.


Gazette Classification: Conferences, Environmental Sciences, Sustainability
Organization/Sponsor: David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies
Speaker(s)Edward O. Wilson, Pellegrino University Professor (Emeritus); Museum of Comparative Zoology Professor (Emeritus), Tasso Azevedo, General Coordinator, MapBiomas Initiative, Marina Hirota, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Paulo Artaxo, Professor of Environmental Physics, University of São Paulo, Marcia Castro, Andelot Professor of Demography; Chair, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Paul Moorcroft, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Davi Kopenawa, Yanomami shaman, advocate for the Yanomami people and the Amazon rainforest and co-author of “The Falling Sky”, Eliane Brum, Journalist, writer, Luis Gilberto Murillo, Former Minister of Environment, Colombia, Augusto Zampini, Theologian, Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Andrew Revkin, Strategic advisor for Environmental and Science journalism, National Geographic Society, Carlos Nobre, Senior Researcher, Institute for Advanced Studies, University of São Paulo; Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute, Brigitte Baptiste, Director, Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute, Beto Veríssimo, Senior Researcher, Imazon, Daniela Baccas, Head of the Environmental Department, Brazilian Development Bank, Robin Sears, Bullard Fellow, Harvard Forest
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
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Tuesday, May 7, 2019 (All day)