Amazing turn out for our event with Dr. Ripple!! Thank you to Dr. Bill Ripple and Oregon State University for the enlightening Warning to Humanity. Huge thank you to all those who attended, including those who came but were unable to find a seat.. We will be posting a video of the full speech online. Stay tuned!
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Dr. Bill Ripple & his warning to humanity
What Wolves can tell us about the World's Health: How the Yellowstone Experiment Led to the Second Warning to Humanity:
Presented by Dr. Bill Ripple, Oregon State University
The Worthy Garden Club is excited to sponsor the important work of OSU and Dr. Bill Ripple. We're committed to educating the public about our beautiful, one-of-a-kind planet. Our goal is to present compelling research that reminds us of what action steps we can all collectively take to help preserve and protect our planet.
Dr. Bill Ripple is a distinguished professor of ecology in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University where he serves as the Director of the “Global Trophic Cascades Program”. His latest research involves studying the conservation of megafauna (large carnivores and large herbivores) around the world. To continue with the global environmental concerns of the scientists’ warning, he has recently formed the “Alliance of World Scientists” which includes more than 14,000 scientists from many different countries.
Dr. Ripple will present his work on how the far-reaching impacts of wolves are affecting the ecosystem in Yellowstone National Park. Ripple will illustrate how he transitioned from Yellowstone to other national parks in western North America and beyond to demonstrate both the benefits of large mammals and the costs of their demise. He will disclose how his conservation research and general concern about the global environment and climate change led to him writing the letter “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity.” As a health check-up for planet Earth, this letter has reached millions of people and is one of the most widely discussed and endorsed scientific articles of recent times.
"The Alliance of World Scientists (AWS) is a new international assembly of scientists, which is independent of both governmental and non-governmental organizations and corporations. In order to prevent widespread misery caused by catastrophic damage to the biosphere, humanity must practice more environmentally sustainable alternative to business-as-usual."
"Global Trophic Cascades Program is a research and educational program with the purpose of investigating the role of predators in structuring ecological communities. This program puts special emphasis on the role of potential keystone species in top-down community regulation, with linkages to biodiversity via trophic cascades."
World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice
Bill Ripples research is backed by a collective international voice of over 20,000 scientists from 184 countries regarding global climate and environmental trends and how to turn accumulated knowledge into action. “Time is running out”
Oregon State University science paper generated global response, financial support
“The Worthy Garden Club appreciates Dr. Ripple’s initiative to study and raise awareness about our impacts on Mother Nature,” “Basic and applied research are critical to our understanding, but we are quickly approaching the point of no return. The time for action is now.”
‘Rewilding’ Missing Carnivores May Help Restore Some Landscapes
New York Times on the connection between predators and landscapes.
Prehistoric predators kept large animals in check, shaped ecosystems
"Large predators can have a major role in limiting their prey and in determining the structure and function of ecosystems," said Ripple.
Global Human and Ruminant Livestock Counter
A Final Warning to Planet Earth - Chapron
OSU Endorses The Warning to Humanity, Vows to Implement Solutions
On May 30, 2018, the OSU Faculty Senate and Associated Student body adopted and endorsed the “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.
Image courtesy of Union of Concerned Scientists/Justin Bilicki
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