Toward a Sustainable 21st Century Series – An Evening with Gary Griggs, 7/18/18

An Evening with Gary Griggs
 July 18, 2018
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Environmental Nature Center

Free and open to all.

Gary Griggs is Distinguished Professor of Earth Sciences at the University
of California, Santa Cruz.  His speciality is the study of diverse ways in which
coastal hazards affect human settlement and the development of the coastal region.  His most recent book is Coasts in Crisis:  A Global Challenge.  The coast of California has been his home for most of his life.  Almost half of the planet’s population now live in what is broadly defined as the coastal zone.  People are increasingly impacting this often-fragile meeting place of land, sea, and air—one of the most dynamic and constantly changing environments on Earth.

Natural processes or hazards have in recent years brought coastal regions greater yearly losses and damage.  Recent examples include Hurricane Katrina (2005), the Fukushima earthquake and tsunami (2011), and Superstorm Sandy (2012).  All shorelines are also experiencing a rising sea-level, which is causing coastal erosion and flooding.

With about 150 million people around the world living within three-feet of high tide, and hundreds of millions more within a few more feet, future sea-level rise may well be one of the great challenges facing human civilization.  The trends are all pointing in the wrong direction.

Gary Griggs will present the entire coastal zone in global perspective as a region under threat.  Specifically relevant to California, Professor Griggs will focus on the question:  “Where do we go from here?” As he wrote in Coasts in Crisis,  the future choices we make about our coasts and oceans are decisions about who we are, what we value, what kind of world we want to live in—the world our children and grandchildren will inherit.  The stakes are very high.

This lecture is part of the Strengthening Coasts for a Resilient Future workshop, July 18 & 19, 2018.  To see the entire program, click here.

Empowering Sustainability – 7/16 & 7/17/2018

Monday, July 16 and
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Education Building, Room 1111, UC Irvine (Directions)
This event will bring together a group of practitioners and activists from 15 countries to share knowledge and experience. They will give presentations on various sustainability topics, including issues related to food systems, conservation, urban resilience, cultural heritage, education, justice reform and immigration.

On Tuesday, July 17, we will have special presentations on “Empowering Sustainability in Fragile and Conflict-Ridden States.”
All presentations on Monday and Tuesday are free and open to the public.

CLICK HERE for the full program, with times included.

No rsvp is required for these events on July 16 and 17. 

If you need further information, please contact Juliana Zanotto at jzanotto@uci.edu.   See more information at the Empowering Sustainability website.