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Conservation and Sustainability

August 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Humans are changing the planet in unprecedented ways. Natural resources are being utilized at record levels to support exponential population growth, a faltering food system and a struggling global economy. On Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 2:00 p.m. ET, Washington Post Live welcomes two internationally recognized authorities on climate change – former president of Ireland Mary Robinson and former executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Christiana Figueres – to examine what is being done to address human impact on the natural environment and the disproportionate burden placed on vulnerable populations worldwide. Following their conversation, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will talk about preparing a major U.S. city for the effects of global warming and more extreme weather and harnessing technology to ensure a sustainable future. The Washington Post’s Frances Stead Sellers will moderate both discussions with a focus on the ways conservation and sustainability spur innovation.
In a segment presented by Walton Family Foundation, landscape architect Kate Orff, a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and contributor to OurFutureCoast.org, will describe how restoration works, why we need to take action now and how, if we act, there is more hope than ever for our future coast.
Mary Robinson
Former president of Ireland
Former president Robinson has been a longtime activist on behalf of conservation and fighting climate change, both while she was President of Ireland, and in several roles at the United Nations. She has established a foundation focused on climate justice – “a centre for thought leadership, education and advocacy on the struggle to secure global justice for those people vulnerable to the impacts of climate change who are usually forgotten – the poor, the disempowered and the marginalized across the world.” We’ll ask her what she believes needs to be done in America, Europe, and around the world to address the disproportionate impact of climate change on vulnerable populations.
Christiana Figueres
Former executive secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
Mayor Eric Garcetti
Los Angeles, California
Eric Garcetti is a fourth-generation Angeleno and the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley — the son of public servants and the grandson and great-grandson of immigrants from Mexico and Eastern Europe — Mayor Garcetti’s life has been shaped by a deep commitment to the core values of justice, dignity, and equality for all people.


August 5
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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