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The Un-Natural World: The Race to Remake Civilization

September 26, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

- $20 – $50


Free, Members
$10, Students
$20, Public

+$30 for included dinner

Thanks to a generous donation by the William E. Barth Foundation, we are now able to provide a limited number of complimentary tickets for students who wish to attend our World at Home speaker series. If you are an educator or student and would like to request tickets, please complete this form: https://goo.gl/forms/qALFdStWAuqtsIkk1.

About this Event:

We now live in a world in which every year is the hottest year on record, in which Ocean levels are rising, species are dying, and pollution is growing. With the regularity of grim forecasts about the future of the planet it is easy to despair about impact of human progress. Imagine, however, drones that can count trees, a stove fueled by human and animal waste, extinct animals brought back to life, and rocks that can absorb greenhouse gas. If human beings are capable of destroying the environment, then we should also be capable of saving it.

Join us as David Biello examines the more hopeful side of human technological advancement. From Elon Musk and electric cars to the sewers of London, Biello will give an overview of the history of artificial environmental change. More importantanly though, he will look at the scientists, leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs today who are trying to engineer an environment better for both the world and the people who inhabit it.

This event will be moderated by James Bruggers, Environment Reporter for the Courier-Journal.

5:30 Reception
6:00 Program
7:30 Dinner

David Biello is the current Science Curator for TED and an award-winning journalist who writes on issues of energy and the environment. In the past he was the Environment and Energy Editor at Scientific American, and is the host of PBS documentary shows Beyond the Light Switch and The Ethanol Effect.

James Bruggers has covered the environment for The Courier-Journal since January 2000, specializing in the environment, environmental health, energy and science. His reporting has won numerous awards, including the Thomas Stokes Award, the Renewable Resource Foundation’s Excellence and Journalism Award and two Best of Gannett awards in 2004, for his year-long series, “Toxic Air: Lingering Health Menace.”

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September 26, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
$20 – $50
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