Colloquium: “Applied Ecological Economics: Integrating Nature in Decision making” — Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 4 PM
Ken Cousins, PhD
Ecological Economist, Research Principal
Thursday, February 24, 2022, 4 PM
George P. Williams, Jr. Lecture Hall, (Olin 101)
This will be a virtual event
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A reception will be held outside Olin Building Entrance* at 3:30 PM prior to the colloquium. All interested persons are cordially invited to attend.
*We encourage all to wander outside to the front entrance or up to the Observatory Deck on the 3rd floor to enjoy their refreshments.
The 20th century fundamentally changed the way humans understand the world, from developments in Physics, Ecology, and Economics, to the first images of our planet as seen from space. The challenges of balancing human wellbeing with a livable environment requires that we acknowledge the critical importance of Nature to our ability to survive and thrive as a species. Whether our destiny is in the stars or here on Earth, we need approaches to decision making that sustain the larger material, energetic, and living systems that support our species. A relatively young field, Ecological Economics relies heavily on data about the extent, form, and health of ecosystems throughout the world; while such data are still rather limited in scope, the range of possibilities expands continuously. We envision a future in which high-resolution data—spatial and temporal—about all Earth systems are available to support decisions which allow both communities and nature to thrive together.