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Coming to campus

- October 24, 2005

Coming to Campus is a section announcing visiting speakers of note.

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Gustave Speth, dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, will give a public lecture titled “This Sacred Trust: The American Land and the Climate Emergency,” on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 4 p.m., in Konover Auditorium.

“Twenty-five years have passed since the National Academy of Sciences held the first panel on climate change, but the United States has yet to face this serious environmental problem,” says Speth, “despite the fact that most of the research that has led advanced nations to act has been done in the U.S.”

During the lecture, he will describe current conditions and what can be done.

Before joining Yale University, Speth was director of the United Nations Development Programme.

He has led task forces to combat environmental degradation, including the President’s Task Force on Global Resources and Environment; the Western Hemisphere Dialogues on Environment and Development; and the National Commission on the Environment.

His books include Red Sky at Morning: American and the Crisis of the Global Environment, and Worlds Apart: Globalization and the Environment, as well as many articles.

Speth earned a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1969.

The presentation is part of the Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series on Nature and the Environment. A book-signing will follow the talk.

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