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Aquarium Will Host Virtual Lecture with its President and CEO Dr. Peter Kareiva: ‘A Bridge to the Future: People Rediscovering Their Connection to Nature’

Streaming on the Aquarium’s website on December 15 at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Kareiva will discuss humans' connections with nature and how increased access to nature will encourage more people to become environmental stewards.

December 2, 2020

WHAT: In a rapidly changing world, with people facing the pressures of climate change and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, our connection with nature is more important than ever. On December 15 at 7:00 p.m. Aquarium of the Pacific President and CEO Dr. Peter Kareiva will present a virtual lecture examining this topic. According to Dr. Kareiva, with a more inclusive definition of nature and a commitment to giving everyone access to it, the label environmentalist might go extinct, and humans will all think of themselves of stewards of nature. He suggests that this would benefit everything from the preservation of wilderness to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It should be clear to everyone that it is “all hands on deck” in the next few years, or else “the deck” will be at the bottom of the ocean, Dr. Kareiva says. This virtual lecture will explore the importance of making nature more accessible to everyone and how nature-human interactions could hold the key to a better mental and emotional well-being. Viewers are encouraged to watch the lecture with their pets.

The virtual Guest Speaker Series is part of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Online Academy, which offers free live and on-demand educational resources for both kids and adults.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. PT

WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific’s website:

COST: Anyone can tune in for FREE (no RSVPs required)

INFO: (562) 590-3100 or visit

LECTURE SERIES SPONSORS: Courtyard Long Beach Downtown and Gazette Newspapers

ONLINE ACADEMY: The Aquarium is offering free online resources with daily live and on-demand content for kids and adults through its Online Academy. This includes live daily live classes, exhibit webcams, virtual festivals, and the Guest Speaker Series. You can visit the Aquarium’s website or follow its social media channels for live feeds and updates. A schedule and links to these resources can be found on the Aquarium’s Online Academy webpage.