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Cary Institute President gives lecture

Millbrook, NY—On Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m. William Schlesinger, President of the Cary Institute, will discuss society's most pressing environmental problems, and what needs to be done to ensure a habitable planet, now and for future generations.  His lecture, titled “If I Had a Hammer,” will cover topics such as population growth, biodiversity loss, resource depletion, climate change, and finite supplies of fossil energy.

At the heart of Schlesinger’s talk is the importance of communicating science, to both citizens and decision makers. Many of today’s environmental policies and practices could be greatly improved if they were informed by the best available science. The health of our planet – and, indeed, humanity – is at stake. As stewards of the Earth, informed citizens are essential to demanding that science underpins environmental solutions.

Schlesinger has been investigating environmental chemistry and climate change for more than 30 years. An elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, he is the author or co-author of over 200 scientific papers. His research has been featured on NOVA, CNN, NPR, and on the pages of Discover, National Geographic, the New York Times, and Scientific American.

During his tenure at the Cary Institute, he has established a number of outreach efforts, including a Friday Nights at Cary public lecture series, Science and Management Forums for decision makers, residency opportunities for artists and writers, and various media partnerships. Earth Wise, the Cary Institute’s daily radio collaboration with WAMC Northeast Public Radio, has aired more than 600 segments.

As the 5th Annual Ned Ames Honorary Lecture, Schlesinger’s talk recognizes Ned Ames’ efforts to empower organizations that promote the environment and the arts. From his decade-long oversight as president of the Art Commission of the City of New York, to his thirty-three year tenure as a trustee and manager of the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Ames has helped to form lasting institution and landmarks for the betterment of society.

The event will be held in the Cary Institute auditorium, located at 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Rte. 44) in Millbrook, New York. For more information, call (845) 677-7600 x 121 or email Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is first come first served.

The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is a private, not-for-profit environmental research and education organization in Millbrook, N.Y. For thirty years, Cary Institute scientists have been investigating the complex interactions that govern the natural world. Their objective findings lead to more effective policy decisions and increased environmental literacy. Focal areas include air and water pollution, climate change, invasive species, and the ecological dimensions of infectious disease.