Institute for Sustainable Development

 

Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

This Way to Sustainability Conference V
Keynotes and Featured Speakers this year include:

Nico Stehr
Howard Yana-Shapiro, Ph.D.
Gwyneth Cravens
Rip Anderson
Marcia Fernandez

Timothy LaSalle
John Peterson Myers
Andrew Szasz
Paul Watson
Derrick Jensen

Nico Stehr

Nico Stehr
Thursday, November 5th at 10:00-11:00 a.m.
The Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

Making the Impossible Possible: Adapting to Rapid Climate Change
Nico Stehr is Karl Mannheim Professor of Cultural Studies at the Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, Germany. His research interests center on the transformation of modern societies into knowledge societies and associated developments in different major social institutions of modern society (e.g. science, politics, governance, the economy and globalization) as well as the societal consequences of climate change. He has published more than 40 books and over 100 refereed articles. Among his recent book publications are: Biotechnology: Between Commerce and Civil Society (Transaction Books, 2004); Knowledge (with Reiner Grundmann, Routledge, 2005), Moral Markets (Paradigm Publishers, 2008), Who owns Knowledge: Knowledge and the Law (with Bernd Weiler, Transaction Books, 2008), Knowledge and Democracy (Transaction Publishers, 2008) and Society (with Reiner Grundmann, Routledge, 2009) and Climate and Society (with Hans von Storch, World Scientific Publishers).
See Thursday schedule.

 

Howard-Yana Shapiro
Photo from London Guardian

Howard Yana-Shapiro, Ph.D.
Thursday, November 5th at 2:00-2:50 p.m.
The Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

Global Director Plant Science and External Research, Mars, Incorporated and Adjunct Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Davis

The Economics of Sustainability:  Can we create a sustainable future?
Howard has been involved with sustainable agricultural and agroforestry systems, plant breeding, molecular biology and food production systems for over 40 years.  A former college professor, he was one of the founders of Seeds of Change and at Mars, Incorporated, is responsible for their plant science globally, investigation of potential new plant-based solutions for use in their brands, review and oversight of existing and future plant-based research. A former Fulbright Scholar, Ford Foundation Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities Award winner, in 2007 Howard was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Organic Trade Association and was recognized by USDA for his work on the international cacao breeding project. In 2008 Howard was appointed to direct the Mars, Incorporated global effort on the genome sequencing of Theobroma cacao, with IBM and USDA- ARS, was made a Fellow of the World Agroforestry Centre, organized the Kumasi Cacao Consensus Symposium, authored the IAASTD chapter on Biotechnology and Biodiversity and is member of the National Research Council Committee on Citrus and Greening. He is a founding member of the Keystone Roundtable on Sustainable Agriculture, co-chair of the 2nd World Congress of Agroforestry and is chairperson of the External Advisory Board of the Agriculture Sustainability Institute at UC Davis.   His collaborations span all continents and have involved the National Academies of Science, The World Bank, parastals and NGO’s, and the Ford Foundation, the Gates Foundation, amongst many organizations.  He has presented at science meetings globally and is frequently quoted in the international press. He is an award-winning author of four books, including Chocolate: History, Culture and Heritage, and is currently co-authoring two books—The Science of Theobroma Cacao: Botany, Chemistry & Medicine and the Future of Agroforestry and Landuse Globally
See Thursday schedule.

Gwyneth Cravens

Photo © Jerry Bauer

Gwyneth Cravens
Thursday, November 5th at 11:00 a.m.
The Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

Power to Save the World.  What role can nuclear power play in solving the GHG and Energy crises? 
Gwyneth Cravens
, a nuclear skeptic, who spent nearly a decade on a journey through the nuclear world, will share her perspective that nuclear power is a safe energy source and an essential deterrent to global warming.
Gwyneth Cravens has contributed articles and op-eds on science and other topics to Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. She has published five novels.  Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, where she also worked as a fiction editor, and in Harper’s Magazine, where she was an associate editor.  She grew up in New Mexico and now lives on eastern Long Island.
See Thursday schedule.
See Saturday Q&A session.


Rip Anderson
Dr. D. Richard ("Rip") Anderson
Thursday, November 5th at 11:00 a.m.
The Bell Memorial Union Auditorium


Global Science.  What are some global problems, and how significant are they?
 
Dr. Anderson
will discuss the enormity of the ecological problems associated with global climate change.
Dr. Anderson is a theoretical chemist, an oceanographer, and an internationally known expert on probabilistic risk assessment and environmental health and nuclear safety.  He is a retired science manager from Sandia National Laboratories, and a committed environmentalist. 
See Thursday schedule.
See Saturday Q&A session.

 


Marcia Fernandez
Marcia Fernandez
Thursday, November 5th at 11:00 a.m.
The Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

Sustainability Education.  How do we educate the public that global change is critical and action must be taken immediately?
 
Marcia Fernàndez
will provide perspectives on what needs to be done to educate the public about the critical nature of global change.
Marcia Fernàndez is a past-President of the South Valley Coalition of Neighborhood Associations in Albuquerque, NM and a strong advocate for smart growth and sustainable farming.  She is a retired kindergarten teacher with a master’s degree in education. 
See Thursday schedule.

 

Tim LaSalle
Hosted by the Rawlins Professorship

Timothy J. LaSalle
CEO, Rodale Institute
Thursday, November 5th, 4:00-5:15 p.m.
Laxson Auditorium

Regenerative 21st Century Farming: A Solution to Global Warming
Timothy J. LaSalle
is CEO of the Rodale Institute, an internationally recognized leader in regenerative organic agricultural research, advocacy, and education. LaSalle is the first CEO of the non-profit organization, located in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, which was founded in 1947 by J.I. Rodale to explore the scientific foundation of organic agriculture.
Since he began work at the Institute in July 2007, he has engaged national and international policy planners on how organic farming can address the global challenges of famine prevention, global warming, and human nutrition.
See Thursday schedule.

 

JP Myers

John Peterson Myers
Friday, November 6th, 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

A revolution in environmental health sciences: Opening new opportunities to prevent disease.
John Peterson Myers is founder, CEO and Chief Scientist of Environmental Health Sciences. Pete Myers holds a doctorate in the biological sciences from the UC Berkeley and a BA from Reed College. For a dozen years beginning in 1990, Myers served as director of the W. Alton Jones Foundation in Charlottesville, Virginia. Along with co-authors Dr. Theo Colborn and Dianne Dumanoski, Myers wrote Our Stolen Future, a book (1996) that explores the scientific basis of concern for how contamination threatens fetal development. He is on the boards of the John Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, the Environmental Grantmakers Association, the Jenifer Altman Foundation, and the Environmental Working Group.
See Friday schedule.


Andrew Szasz

Andrew Szasz
Friday, November 6th, 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

Can We Shop Our Way to a Sustainable Future?
Andrew Szasz is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Szasz teaches courses on Environmental Sociology and Sociological Theory. He has published numerous articles on regulation, worker safety and health, hazardous waste policy, and the toxics movement. His book, EcoPopulism: Toxic Waste and the Movement for Environmental Justice, won the Association for Humanistic Sociology's book award for 1994-95 and was voted one of the “Top 10 Environmental Sociology Books/Articles” in a poll conducted by the Environment and Technology Section of the ASA. His most recent book, Shopping Our Way to Safety, was a finalist for the C. Wright Mills book award for 2008.
See Friday schedule.

 

Paul WatsonPhoto by Eric Cheng/Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Captain Paul Watson
Saturday, November 7th, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

Defending Marine Eco-Systems from Illegal Exploitation
Captain Paul Watson founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in 1977 to intervene against illegal activities exploiting marine species and habitats. As an anti-poaching society Sea Shepherd has shut down numerous unlawful whaling and sealing operations. The society has effectively intervened against illegal long line, drift net, and trawler operations. Sea Shepherd works in partnership with the Ecuadorian Federal Police and the Galapagos Park rangers to patrol and protect the Galapagos Marine Reserve. Sea Shepherd is the subject of the Animal Planet and Discovery television series Whale Wars. Captain Paul Watson, as a co-founder of Greenpeace in 1972 and the founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, was designated an Environmental Hero of the 20th Century by Time Magazine.
See featured panel on Friday schedule
See featured panel on Saturday schedule
See Saturday keynote schedule


Listen to Paul's November 3rd interview on KZFR radio program Animal Matters

 

Derrick Jensen

Derrick Jensen
Saturday, November 7th, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

Civilization and Resistance
Hailed as the philosopher poet of the environmental movement, Derrick Jensen is author of 15 books, including Endgame and A Language Older Than Words. He holds a degree in creative writing from Eastern Washington University, a degree in mineral engineering physics from the Colorado School of Mines, and has taught at Eastern Washington University and Pelican Bay State Prison. He has packed university auditoriums, conferences, and bookstores across the nation, stirring them with revolutionary spirit.
http://www.derrickjensen.org
See Saturday schedule.

 

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