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Title: The Quest for a Sustainable World: What We Know...What We Can Do


1
THIS AFTERNOON! The State of the Planet Don
Kennedy Editor-in-Chief Science Magazine Member
National Academy of Sciences Former Commissioner
of U.S. FDA President Emeritus Stanford
University 430-530pm Kennedy Hall, Call
Auditorium
2
The Earth Mission Status Briefing
Jason Hamilton, Michael Rogers, and Susan
Swensen Ithaca College Biology, Physics, and
Environmental Science
3
6.5 Billion People . . . .How are we doing?
4
The Spaceship Earth
  • Atmospheric Composition
  • Temperature
  • Physical Structure
  • Astronaut Health

5
The State of Our Atmosphere
Data from IPCC
6
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Uncharted Territory CO2
  • CO2 is at the highest level in the past million
    years

CO2 is now 379.1 ppm
8
The State of our Global Temperature
  • The 10 warmest years have all occurred
  • since 1990 1994

9
If a one-degree rise in temperature will doom the
polar bears, what will the next one-degree rise
cause?
Photograph by Braasch 2002
10
Uncharted Territory Temperature
  • Temperature is at the highest level in the last
    11,000 years
  • Within 1 oC of the max of the past million years

Western Pacific Sea Surface temperatures
11
The State of our Physical Structure
August 1941
August 2004
  • Muir Glacier, Alaska

Photos by Bruce Molnia, USGS.
12
Uncharted Territory Sea Ice
Arctic Ocean will be ice-free by 2060
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Uncharted Territory Sea Levels
The last time temp. was 2-3 oC higher the ocean
level was 25-35 m higher.
At current rates, temperature will increase 2-3
oC by 2100
  • http//earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Study/Adapting/ad
    apting_2.html

15
Uncharted Territory A One-Degree Rise is Worse
Than We Thought
Tuvalu
Science 2006 Vol. 311., pp. 1698 - 1701
  • Global warming might trigger a 6-meter rise in
    sea level that would inundate coasts (red)
    worldwide.

16
The State of Our People
Drought, soil erosion, desertification, and other
environmental problems have created 25 million
refugees.
More than war, political, and religious
persecution combined.
1.2 billion people live in extreme poverty 8
million children die each year from
poverty-related diseases
17
Uncharted Territory People
  • 50 million people worldwide will be displaced
    by 2010
  • Extreme drought, in which agriculture is in
    effect impossible, will affect about a third of
    the planet.
  • The income gap between the rich and the rest of
    the US population has become so wide, and is
    growing so fast, that it might eventually
    threaten the stability of democratic capitalism
    itself.
  • Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan

18
Uncharted Territory How Many People
  • 1950 2.5 Billion People
  • 1970 3.7 Billion People
  • 1990 5.3 Billion People
  • 2010 6.9 Billion People
  • 2030 8.2 Billion People
  • 2050 9.2 Billion People

19
We are filling the world
20
Houston, We Have a Problem
21
Recognizing the Problem Sustainable
Development
  • Meeting the needs of the present
  • without compromising the ability of
  • future generations to meet
  • their own needs

World Commission on Economic Development. (1987).
Our Common Future. England Oxford University
Press.
22
The 3 Ps of Sustainability
23
Sustainability is About Health
Healthy People
Healthy Businesses
Healthy Communities
Healthy Environment
24
But what is sustainability?
  • Sustainability is the mindset that considers the
    systemic connections among the major challenges
    facing humans

Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger Achieve
universal primary education Promote gender
equality Reduce child mortality Improve
maternal health Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria,
etc. Ensure environmental sustainability
Create a stable global economy Develop a
global partnership for development
25
But what is sustainability?
  • Sustainability is the mindset that considers the
    systemic connections among the major challenges
    facing humans

Royal Dutch Shell Exxon Mobil Corp Chevron
Money
Bill Melinda Gates Foundation
Money
pollution from flaring
vaccination for polio measles
respiratory problems in children
reduced vaccination rate
Reduced rates of polio and measles

impaired immune function
Increased rates of polio and measles
26
Hurricane Katrina August 28th, 2005
27
St. Bernard Parish, August 2005
28
Mollys House
January 18, 2007
29
Mollys House
January 18, 2007
30
Mollys House
January 18, 2007
31
Mollys House
January 18, 2007
32
January 18, 2007
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January 18, 2007
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January 18, 2007
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January 18, 2007
36
We are currently spending 2 billion dollars per
week in Iraq. So far we have spent 400 Billion
and some estimates suggest we will spend 1
trillion.
37
Sustainability Must Become Second Nature
  • Sustainability is about your choices and
    connections

Formal Education
Investment Choices
Political Choices
Spiritual Life
CommunityInvolvement
Personal Development
38
Why Should Colleges Students Care? It is our
Moral Obligation to Care!
  • The UN has declared this the Decade of Education
    for Sustainable Development and called for a
    complete rethinking of the role of education in
    our world

Sustainability must become the guiding focus and
organizing principle of everything we do.
39
We Prepare the People Who Will Develop, Manage,
and Teach in Our Future
4096 U.S. Colleges Universities 14.8 Million
Students 277 Billion Dollars
Colleges and universities are an integral part of
the global economy
40
What is Sustainability?
  • Sustainability is not a simple dont do list

41
The Coming Wave in Higher Education
people attended AASHE this year. 200 attended
last year, and 2000 are expected next year
700
70
campuses have CO2 emission reduction plans
100
have renewable energy policies
15
student bodies have passed green fees
80
have alternative transportation programs
60
colleges have strategic / master plans that
incorporate sustainability
70
have 1 or more green buildings
70
campuses have full-time sustainability
coordinators
42
Growth of Sustainability at IC
43
  • We must nurture and develop an every-growing
    shared sense of community purpose,
    responsibility, and vision.

How?
44
  • We must nurture and develop an every-growing
    shared sense of community purpose,
    responsibility, and vision.

How?
I Dont Know!
45
  • We must nurture and develop an every-growing
    shared sense of community purpose,
    responsibility, and vision.

How?
I Dont Know!
But you do!
46
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47
Sustainability is About Connections
  • Sustainability is trying to make our lives, the
    lives of others, and the lives of future
    generations healthier.

48
Acknowledgments
  • Ithaca College CNS Sustainability Group
  • Ithaca College Students for Sustainability
  • Ithaca College Office of the Provost
  • Ithaca College Student Government Association
  • Ithaca College Environmental Society

49
  • The End

50
The Job Market Will Increasingly Require Skills
and Knowledge Related to Sustainability
  • Our world is changing Declining natural systems,
    climate change and energy crises affect us and
    threaten future generations. As a large
    international company, we know we must play our
    part to restore the life support systems of the
    earth. Fortunately, along with that
    responsibility comes an opportunity to promote
    restorative business practices across our entire
    industry.

51
The Job Market Will Increasingly Require Skills
and Knowledge Related to Sustainability
  • Interface is the worldwide leader in design,
    production and sales of modular carpet and a
    leading manufacturer and marketer of broadloom
    carpet, panel fabrics and upholstery fabrics.
    Interface has manufacturing locations on four
    continents and offices in more than 100
    countries.
  • To be the first company that, by its deeds, shows
    the entire industrial world what sustainability
    is in all its dimensions People, process,
    product, place and profits by 2020 and in
    doing so we will become restorative through the
    power of influence.

Vision
52
Things Students are Doing at IC
  • A student government led campaign to engage the
    entire campus to increase

Personal responsibility Campus
sustainability Community pride
53
What Can Faculty Do?
You tell us what you can do Incorporate
sustainability into your courses talk about the
Talloires Declaration - Tom Pfaff as an
example - Cory Brown as an example -
Elizabeth Lawson example - Medieval stained
glass example Faculty Green Tax Apply for a
mini-grant (this shows the administrators that
youre interested) Participate in the
sustainability listserve Host sustainability
events (writing / art show / ....) Attend
sustainability events
54
What Can Students Do?
Publicizing the meaning of the Talloires
Declaration Signing up for sustainability
research Students for Sustainability push for
wind power Starting to organized a campaign for
a green fee Creating sustainable living
community Student government I Care campaign
55
What Can Staff Do?
You know more than us about your field so please
tell us what you can do
Some things you might want to participate in
Start conversations about sustainability Ask
questions Collaborate with faculty in teaching
(you have a lot of knowledge to
share) Participate in the sustainability
listserve Talk about your offices purchasing
decisions Join the TRANSform Challenge
56
What Can Parents Do?
  • Let the administration know you want this write
    or call to let us know we are doing a good job
  • Let us know if you want more
  • Support your student with the green fee if passes
  • Consider earmark money for sustain.
  • Support carbon neutral 200 membership

57
Sustainability A Status Report
Jason Hamilton, Michael Rogers, and Susan
Swensen Biology, Physics, and Environmental
Science
58
6.5 Billion People . . . .How are we doing?
59
The State of our Global Temperature
  • The 10 warmest years have all occurred
  • since 1990 1994

60
The State of our Global Temperature
  • The 10 warmest years have all occurred
  • since 1990 1994

61
The State of our Global Temperature
  • The 10 warmest years have all occurred
  • since 1990 1994

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