What Wolves Can Tell Us About the World's Health: Lecture @ Worthy Brewing (June 12, 2018)
Predators, Dr. Bill Ripple
William Ripple. PhD: says we can save the planet by eating a plant-based diet.
We Were Warned
Anthony Doerr, NY Times, 11/18/17
A Final Warning to Planet Earth
Chapron et al, 2/1/18
Saving the World with Satire: A Response to Chapron et al
Ripple et al, 5/10/18
The Second Warning to Humanity – Providing a Context for Wetland Management and Policy
Finlayson, et al, 7/19/18
‘Rewilding’ Missing Carnivores May Help Restore Some Landscapes
JoAnna Klein, NY Times, 3/16/18
Prehistoric Predators Kept Large Animals in Check, Shaped Ecosystems
Oregon State University, 10/26/15
OSU Science Paper Generated Global Response, Financial Support
Oregon State University, 2/20/18
OSU study: Wolves help Yellowstone streams recover
From the World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice:
Twenty-five years ago, the Union of Concerned Scientists and more than 1700 independent scientists, including the majority of living Nobel laureates in the sciences, penned the 1992 “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity.” These concerned professionals called on humankind to curtail environmental destruction and cautioned that “a great change in our stewardship of the Earth and the life on it is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided.” In their manifesto, they showed that humans were on a collision course with the natural world. They expressed concern about current, impending, or potential damage on planet Earth involving ozone depletion, freshwater availability, marine life depletion, ocean dead zones, forest loss, biodiversity destruction, climate change, and continued human population growth. They proclaimed that fundamental changes were urgently needed to avoid the consequences our present course would bring...
...Since 1992, with the exception of stabilizing the stratospheric ozone layer, humanity has failed to make sufficient progress in generally solving these foreseen environmental challenges, and alarmingly, most of them are getting far worse. Especially troubling is the current trajectory of catastrophic anthropogenic climate change due to rising greenhouse gasses from burning fossil fuels, deforestation, and agricultural production—particularly from farming ruminants for meat consumption. Moreover, we have unleashed a mass extinction event, the sixth in roughly 540 million years, wherein many current life forms could be annihilated or at least committed to extinction by the end of this century...
...On the 25th anniversary of their call, we look back at their warning and evaluate the human response by exploring available time-series data.
Dr. Bill Ripple, co-author of the "Second Warning" and distinguished professor of ecology in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University, studies the conservation of megafauna - large herbivores and carnivores - around the world. He has recently formed the Alliance of World Scientists, a new international assembly of scientists, independent of both governmental and non-governmental organizations and corporations, which aims to be a collective international voice of many scientists regarding global climate and environmental trends and how to turn accumulated knowledge into action. The alliance includes more than 14,000 scientists from many different countries around the world. On May 30, 2018, OSU Faculty Senate and Associated Student body adopted and endorsed the Second Warning to Humanity, vowing to “urge University leadership and all parts of the OSU community to advance dialogue, policies, and practices in accordance with the recommendations” outlined in Ripple’s impactful article.
After the overwhelming response to our first public lecture with Dr. Ripple at Worthy, the Worthy Garden Club is excited to sponsor a statewide lecture series in the hopes of shedding light on our global climate crisis. We hope to engage more of the public and scientific community to join the movement, eventually reaching every PAC 12 school on the west coast. Our goal is to present compelling research that informs us of what action steps we can collectively take to help preserve and protect our planet.
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