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Spring 2019

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Thriving in the Anthropocene: A Prescription for a California Model

We are in the Anthropocene, the geologic epoch within which humans have become for the first time in our 200,000-year history a global force. We are a dominant force not only in changing Earth’s climate, but also the cycling of nutrients, the hydrologic cycle, and a number of ocean processes and phenomena. California is experiencing all of the major impacts and has the opportunity to develop a model of how to thrive in the Anthropocene that could serve not only other states, but also other nations. It would have great environmental and economic benefit to California.

We invite you to join some of the state’s leading experts on this topic in our Spring 2019 Aquatic Academy course.

Experts and Topics
Session 1
Wednesday, March 6
Perspectives on Thriving in the Anthropocene.
Ted Nordhaus, President of the Breakthrough Institute
Session 2
Wednesday, March 13
Keys to Making It a Good Anthropocene
Peter Kareiva, Director, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA
Jerry Schubel, President, Aquarium of the Pacific
Session 3
Wednesday, March 20
Agriculture to Aquaculture: The case for shifting more of our protein supply from land to ocean in the Anthropocene
Luke Gardner, California Sea Grant Aquaculture Specialist
Kim Thompson, Program Manager, Seafood for the Future
Session 4
Wednesday, March 27
Affordability in California: A potential major barrier to California’s success in the Anthropocene
Marshall Toplansky, Professor of Management Science at Chapman University and co-author of California Feudalism: The Squeeze on the Middle Class Formulating the Prescription for a California Model
Final class discussion