Peter Kareiva Ticket Info

Posted on Friday, May 27th, 02011 by Austin Brown
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Seminars About Long-term Thinking

Peter Kareiva on Conservation in the Real World

Peter Kareiva on “Conservation in the Real World”


Monday June 27, 02011 at 7:30pm Marines’ Memorial Theater

Long Now Members can reserve 2 seats, join today! • General Tickets $10

About this Seminar:

As chief scientist of one of the most highly respected conservation organizations, The Nature Conservancy, Peter Kareiva is surprisingly radical. “Look,” he says, “we’re in nature. The deal is how to work with it and how to help it work for us. The better we are at ensuring that people get nature’s benefits, the better we’ll be at doing conservation.” Through his insistence on “evidence-based conservation,” he finds most ecosystems far less fragile than people think and none that can be protected as pristine, because pristine doesn’t exist any more. His focus is on working the human/nature interface for maximum benefit to both.

Kareiva is co-founder of the Natural Capital Project—allying with Stanford University and the World Wildlife Fund to measure the economic value of ecosystems—and co-author of the new textbook, Conservation Science: Balancing the Needs of People and Nature.

  • A problem with this approach, maximizing the benefits of nature to people, is that people lack useful information of how nature works or where it's limits are.   People are self-absorbed and nature is full of hidden systems.   So maximizing human benefit while avoiding visible harms… gives you exactly the “business as usual” approach that got us into our present difficulty.  So while looking for better ways to do things, “green investment” we also need to reduce our demands on the earth in absolute term, “green divestment”.   Without the two together I don't think the plan will work.

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