The Unnatural World

The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth's Newest Age

When

November 16, 2016

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Where

ASU Washington Center

1834 Connecticut Ave NW

Washington, D.C. 20009

Traces of the impact of civilization on our planet are everywhere. Global warming, mass extinctions, and the proliferation of man-made technologies have served as harbingers for a new era in the history of our planet when humans hold the greatest influence on our environment. In this new age everything is changing—the land, the sea, the sky, life itself—and as the earth’s new stewards, we must learn to thrive along with all life on earth or confront a future we are, quite frankly, ill-prepared for.

In his new book, The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth's Newest Age, David Biello, the science curator for TED Conferences and former Environment and Energy Editor for The Scientific American, argues there is a silver lining to our environmental crisis. According to Biello, there is hope to change our future by following the example of an unlikely assortment of innovators, mad scientists, government officials, billionaires, and ordinary people throughout the world who have taken on the responsibility humans possess in this new era to cultivate a better future.

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 6:00 p.m., Future Tense will host a happy hour conversation in Washington, D.C., where David Biello and Laura Helmuth, Health, Science and Environment Editor at The Washington Post, will discuss what men and women across the world are doing to ensure that this human era endures.

Follow the discussion online using #UnnaturalWorld and follow us @FutureTenseNow.

Future Tense is a partnership of Arizona State University, New America, and Slate.

Participants:

David Biello
Author, The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth's Newest Age
Science Curator, TED
@dbiello

Laura Helmuth
Health, Science and Environment Editor, The Washington Post
@laurahelmuth