Earth Day 50/50: Looking Back, Moving Forward

April 22, 2020
DESCRIPTION: At this truly amazing juncture in human history, we face an immediate global public health emergency as well as a slower, but monumental, global climate crisis.

Our special Earth Institute Live conversation with Columbia University experts, alumni, and students reflects on what environmental science and activism accomplished since the first Earth day. It also examines today’s challenges and opportunities and charts pathways to a more sustainable, equitable, resilient future for humanity through the next 50 years and beyond.

Host: Alex Halliday, Director, the Earth Institute, Columbia University
Moderator: Andrew Revkin, JS ‘82, veteran environmental journalist; Founding Director, Earth Institute Initiative on Communication and Sustainability

Leading the Way on Earth and Climate Research

Maureen Raymo, GSAS ‘89; Bruce C. Heezen/Lamont Research Professor; Director - Core Repository, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the Earth Institute, Columbia University

Birth of a Movement: Earth Day 1970

Michael Gerrard, CC ‘72; Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice in the Faculty of Law; Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, School of Law
Fred Kent, CC ‘67; Co-Founder, Placemaking Fund, PlacemakingX, and the Social Life Project

The Next 50 Years: Building a Sustainable Planet into the Future

Maria Chart, SEAS ’21; Co-chair, Columbia Eco-reps Living Green Committee
Alex Halliday, Director, the Earth Institute, Columbia University
Narayan Subramanian, SEAS ‘13, Law ‘20; Fellow, Data for Progress and SAIS-ISEP