Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 4:00pm
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Geo Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

The Public Choices You Make: From Engagement to Advocacy

Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Oregon State University, Dept. of State's First U.S. Science Envoy for the Ocean will discuss "The Public Choices You Make: From Engagement to Advocacy." Science is more relevant and urgently needed than ever before and opportunities for scientists to deliver useful knowledge have never been greater. But unleashing the full power of science will require engaging with society in new and different ways. Society's social contract (Lubchenco 19981) includes engaging with society and sharing knowledge widely, with humility, transparency and honesty. As environmental, social and health challenges loom, use-inspired science (cutting edge science that is immediately relevant to societal problems, Donald Stokes, 19972) is tackling a rich portfolio of sustainability problems, creating both new knowledge and solutions. Interdisciplinary approaches are proving particularly productive in identifying pathways to more sustainable practices and policies. The lecture will describe new scientific advances that are transforming attitudes, behavior, management and policies that affect ocean health and therefore the future of humanity. In light of the importance of healthy oceans in providing food, medicine, jobs, recreation, cultural values and transportation, reversing the current degradation in oceans and returning them to health while continuing to benefit from their bounty is paramount. Progress has been impressive, and provides inspiration and models, but success will require a far more Herculean effort.

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Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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