Why Saving Species Matters

Date: April 13, 2010

Location:
The Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Philadelphia, PA 19103

Description:

Pew is no longer active in this line of work, but the Pew Environment Group is part of the Alliance for Global Conservation which is working to protect the world's last natural areas and rapidly disappearing biodiversity.  

On Tuesday, April 13 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Academy of Natural Sciences will host a public forum about the rapid loss of species and ecosystems around the world.  The destruction of natural areas, like rainforests and coral reefs, comes at a tremendous cost. Research by the World Resources Institute has found that medicines derived from natural sources, including 10 of the world’s 25 top-selling drugs, have a market value of US$75-$150 billion per year.

Recently, members of Congress from both parties introduced H.R. 4959, the Global Conservation Act of 2010, that places the full strategic and diplomatic resources of the U.S. government behind efforts to address extinction and natural resource depletion worldwide.

During the event, panelists will discuss how this rapid loss of species and ecosystems threatens our country’s security, health, and economy.

WHO:
Participants

  • Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy - chief biodiversity adviser to the president of the World Bank, senior adviser to the president of the United Nations Foundation, and biodiversity chair of the Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment.
  • Sherri Goodman - senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary of CNA, and executive director of the Military Advisory Board for CNA's National Security and the Threat of Climate Change project. 
  • Samuel C. Blackman, M.D., Ph.D. -pediatric oncologist and associate director of Experimental Medicine/Oncology at Merck Research Laboratories.
  • Jeff Wise -director of the Alliance for Global Conservation and the Pew Environment Group’s Global Conservation Initiative.

Moderator
David Velinsky, Ph.D. - vice president of the Academy of Natural Sciences and director of the Patrick Center for Environmental Research.

WHAT:
Public forum on protecting species and ecosystems around the world

WHERE:
The Academy of Natural Sciences, Auditorium
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

WHEN:
Tuesday, April 13 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm

For more information on this issue, visit: www.actforconservation.org

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