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Our Last, Best Chance to Save California Biodiversity: Are We Up to the Challenge? by Daniel Gluesenkamp - Marin CNPS General Meeting
In all the universe, we know of just one living planet. Today, the mass extinction crisis threatens all that life. We know enough to act, and yet have mostly failed to move forward. Time has run out, and we must now discard small ideas in favor of advancing bold and transformative change. Sadly, we must also acknowledge that we are too late to save it all, and thus must begin “backing up” what we can, while we can.
This talk explores a California perspective on our biodiversity crisis. We will review why California is globally significant, discuss important drivers of biodiversity loss, and explore the broad portfolio of solutions that are already underway.

Daniel Gluesenkamp is Executive Director of the California Institute for Biodiversity. He earned his PhD from UC Berkeley, and previously worked as ED of Calflora, the California Native Plant Society, and as Director of Habitat Protection and Restoration for Audubon Canyon Ranch’s 31 preserves. In 2009 Dan discovered a presumed-extinct Franciscan manzanita plant growing on a traffic island at the Golden Gate Bridge. Recent work includes helping Gov Brown and Gov Newsom advance California's ambitious California Biodiversity Initiative. Now he is leading CIB, a 25 year old California education and conservation nonprofit, in securing systemic change to empower all Californians to save our remarkable biodiversity hotspot, now, forever.

Sep 13, 2021 07:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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