Restoring the Planet: Hope for the Environment in the Climate Change Century?

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Restoring the Planet: Hope for the Environment in the Climate Change Century?

Author Paddy Woodworth explores cutting-edge restorations of blighted landscapes from Cape Town to Chicago.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Haldeman 41 (Kreindler Conference Hall)
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Lectures & Seminars

Sponsored by [email protected] and the Institute of Arctic Studies at the Dickey Center for International Understanding.

Journalist and author Paddy Woodworth takes us on a voyage of environmental restoration, exploring the use of cutting-edge science to restore blighted landscapes from Cape Town to Chicago. He demonstrates how ecological restoration of even a small patch of earth can create hope and inspiration.

Paddy Woodworth is best known for his two books on the Basque Country, and his most recent, Our Once and Future Planet: Restoring the World in the Climate Change Strategy, a worldwide assessment of ecological restoration as a conservation strategy.

He is currently a visiting fellow at the Department of Environmental Science and Studies at De Paul University, Chicago, teaching classes related to his new book, and on environmental journalism. He has just been appointed to the honorary position of Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Languages and Literatures, University College Dublin.

He was on staff at The Irish Times, as arts editor and then as a foreign desk editor, from 1988-2002, and has written on Basque and Spanish affairs for that paper and other media since 1979.  He also has strong links with the arts in Ireland, having managed both the Project Arts Centre under Jim Sheridan (1977-78) and Field Day Theatre Company for Brian Friel and Stephen Rea (1980).

He has also written for the International Herald Tribune, Vanity Fair, The Scientist, The Sunday Times, Ecological Restoration, The World Policy Journal and BBC Wildlife. He broadcasts for RTE, the BBC, US and other international radio and TV networks.

Our Once and Future Planet (University of Chicago Press, October 2013), is described as “outstanding” by the renowned biologist Daniel Janzen, and as “a great piece of investigative journalism…on a topic vital to the future of people and biodiversity on earth” by Stephen Hopper, former director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Woodworth has been a visiting Fellow on the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa (2003), and at the Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College (2008).

Since 2008, he has worked as a specialist cultural guide for visitors to the Basque Country, in partnership with Jon Warren of San Sebastian Food, developing the Discovering the Basque Country tour series. He also works as a cultural and environmental guide in Ireland, most recently with DePaul University and Georgia College and State University. Watch a YouTube video of Woodworth talking about ecological restoration.

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