Distinguished Lecture Series
The Council on the Environment Distinguished Lecture Series is free and open to the public. The goal of the lecture series is educate and enlighten the university and community about the global problems affecting the environment due to climate change and other factors. The lecture series will also promote the interdisciplinary nature of environmental research and challenge the public to confront individual and community responsibilites. The annual lecture series will occur each Fall at the University of Maryland, College Park.
The challenges for food, water, and energy security in the face of climate change and loss of biodiversity.
Speaker: Sir Robert Watson
Lecture Date: 09-10-2014
Abstract: The world today is unsustainable. Hundreds of millions of people go to bed hungry every day, and lack access to clean water and modern energy. Current production of food and energy threaten biodiversity, degrade ecosystem services, and is the underlying driver of the induced climate change. These environmental issues, in turn, threaten food and water security. There is an urgent need to transit to a low-carbon economy; conserve and sustainably use biodiversity; complement...
Speaker: Lester Brown, President of Earth Policy Institute
Lecture Date: 12-11-2012
Dr. Brown's lecture centers on “food as the new oil”. With food scarcity driven by falling water tables, eroding soils, and rising temperatures, control of arable land and water resources is moving to center stage in the global struggle for food security. In this era of tightening world food supplies, the ability to grow food is fast becoming a new form of geopolitical leverage. What will the geopolitics of food look like in a new era dominated by scarcity and food...