Freaky Friday: Life on Earth in the Anthropocene - should we be worried?

Event

Redpath Museum In Auditorium, 859 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C4, CA
Price: 
FREE with admission to Museum

Freaky Friday is a lunch-time presentation during which McGill scientists and researchers examine the myths, realities and misconceptions surrounding science issues, concepts or phenomena.  In English.

WHERE: Redpath Museum Auditorium. FREE, everyone welcome. No reservation necessary.

By Prof. Andrew Gonzalez (Biology Dept., McGill)

Scientists are calling this period the Anthropocene – a time when humans are dramatically changing the planet’s biosphere. Many of the latest findings are alarming. Over the past 100 years, while the human population has more than quadrupled, and the global economy has increased approximately 70-fold, Earth’s Living Planet Index, an indicator of the state of global biological diversity, has decreased by more than half. This lecture will show you the latest facts about this change, and some of the efforts we can take to help us avoid the worst of all possible outcomes for life on Earth.