NYBG-Humanities Institute Symposium: Threshold: Biodiversity, Climate, and Humanity at a Crossroads

A Symposium presented by the Humanities Institute in collaboration with the Center for Science and Society of Columbia University

New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York


10 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Join three influential thinkers for a timely and vital discussion on the great challenges affecting the future of humanity, and indeed, of all life on Earth.

Humanity has reached a crossroads in the effort to combat climate change and protect biodiversity. As the planet’s temperature rises closer to the danger limit set forth by scientists in the Paris Agreement, so does the risk of a range of truly catastrophic events: extreme weather, rising seas, mass extinctions. How have we come so close to such a critical threshold? How can we stop ourselves from crossing it? Three renowned scholars will discuss the implications of the climate crisis for the future of life on Earth and address the elements needed to respond to this most daunting challenge in human history. Threshold will conclude with a panel discussion and questions from the audience on the prospects for a new environmental ethic for the 21st century.


Shahid Naeem
Director of Science, at the Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability, Columbia University, New York

Ursula K. Heise
Chair in Literary Studies, Department of English/Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, University of California, Los Angeles

John Nagle
Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana

About the Humanities Institute
A research division within the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, the Humanities Institute stimulates critical thinking at the intersection of science and the humanities, shaping an intellectual community through academic programming and research fellowships.

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