On Thursday August 8, M. Sanjayan, the lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy and a 2013 Emmy-nominated news contributor, will present “Saving Earth in the Age of Man: Conservation in a Human-dominated World” for Aspen Center for Environmental Studies’ (ACES) Jessica Catto Leadership Dialogue series. The event will take place at 6:30pm at Paepcke Auditorium and is free and open to the public.
Sanjayan’s presentation will focus on the role of conservation in improving human well-being, wildlife and the environment, and will be supported by new research gathered over the last 10 months during his expeditions to assess the state of the environment and wildlife in over 34 global locations.
Says Sanjayan “The environmental movement has long been dominated by a focus on biological diversity and wilderness and a Western philosophy that sees humans as separate from and detrimental to nature. While great strides have been made in the past few decades, most scientists will agree that conservationists have not managed to keep up with the vast scale of planetary change.”
As the lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy – the world’s largest conservation organization − Sanjayan travels extensively to research the nexus between saving nature and improving the well being of people. His scientific work has been published in journals including Science, Nature and Conservation Biology and has also received mainstream media coverage from Vanity Fair, Men’s Journal, National Geographic Adventure, Outside and The New York Times.
Sanjayan regularly contributes to CBS News’ science, environment and nature coverage. His story on the ivory wars in Africa recently received a 2013 news Emmy Award nomination for “outstanding investigative journalism.” Sanjayan’s broad reaching television experience includes co-hosting documentaries for BBC, Discovery Channel, PBS and National Geographic TV, including his critically acclaimed 2010 four-part series, Powering the Future, on the Discovery Channel. Guest appearances include NBC’s Today Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Fox News, and the BBC. Sanjayan posts regularly from his expeditions at @msanjayan.
The Jessica Catto Leadership Dialogues honor the environmental legacy of Jessica Hobby Catto through a speaker series featuring visionary thinkers and doers. Past speakers include: Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, Terry Tempest Williams, environmental author, Maggie L. Fox, founder of The Alliance for Climate Protection, among others. Jessica Catto was a remarkable woman, courageous in her resolve to be an effective voice for the Earth, and never hesitant to speak out. She has been and will continue to be an inspiration and a beacon for environmental stewards. The series is supported by The Catto Family in Jessica’s memory.
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) is a non-profit environmental science education organization with
four sites in the Roaring Fork Valley. This summer, ACES celebrates its 45th year of service to the community, working to promote ecological literacy by building a community of knowledgeable, capable and motivated environmental stewards.