[act-ma] Events at Columbia University's Earth Institute

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Wed Jun 2 13:02:54 PDT 2021

The Earth Institute at Columbia University does online events four or five times a week that are open to the public:

Here are two upcoming events that may be of interest:

Sustain What? Digging in on a Global Plan for Ecological Restoration
Friday, June 4, 2021 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
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Through human-driven climate change and ecological disruption, the world is in the midst of an extraordinary environmental crisis. Yet much can be done to turn the environmental tide.

Join a globe-spanning conversation with scientists and policy experts as we explore specific paths to recovery, restoration and a thriving future. 

This Sustain What conversation, hosted by Dale Willman of the Columbia Climate School examines specific goals of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, which aims to halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean.

Learn more about the U.N. Decade on Ecosystem Restoration:

Sustain What is a conversation series pursuing paths to progress where complexity and consequence collide. Explore all episodes on YouTube: http://j.mp/sustainwhatplaylist

Send feedback, ideas for future episodes or support us at this link:

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Event Contact Information: 
Andy Revkin
ar667 at columbia.edu


Maya Lin
Thursday, June 10, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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Renowned artist and designer Maya Lin presents new and major works. 

Introduced by Carol Becker, Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts. Followed by a conversation with Andrew Revkin, The Earth Institute. 

Mapping the Future adds to Lin’s ongoing project, What is Missing?, which “creates, through science–based artworks, an awareness about the present sixth mass extinction of species, connects this loss of species to habitat degradation and loss, and emphasizes that by protecting and restoring habitat, we can both reduce carbon emissions and protect species.”

On display May 10–November 14 in Madison Square Park, Ghost Forest is a “towering stand of forty-nine haunting Atlantic white cedar trees. Lin brings her vision as an artist and her agency as an environmental activist to this project, a memory of germination, vegetation, and abundance and a harsh symbol of the devastation of climate change. The height of each tree, around forty feet, overwhelms human scale and stands as a metaphor of the outsized impact of a looming environmental calamity.”

In 2009, Maya Lin was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence. In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded Lin the Presidential Medal of Freedom, praising her for a celebrated career in both art and architecture, and for creating the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a sacred place of healing in the US capital.

Co-presented by The Forum, The Center for the Study of Social Difference, Columbia University School of the Arts, Columbia World Projects, and The Earth Institute.

Event Contact Information: 
The Forum
theforum at columbia.edu

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