PHYLLIS ODESSEY

what is the anthropocene

According to Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report: There are 314 species on the bring – shrinking and shifting ranges could imperil half of the U.S. birds within this century

1450 plant species
140 rare animal species
20,000 acres of natural areas
680,000 street trees
235 tree species
318 species of birds
220 native species of bees
170,000 different kinds of soil bacteria
Where is this place?
NEW YORK CITY.
The average kid can identify 1,000 corporate logos and… 10 species of plants.

2018 marks 100 years as an organization for The City Gardens Club of New York City. I am sometimes think, I am connected to most of the horticultural organizations in the NYC. Yesterday,  was the first time I went to a meeting of the City Gardens Club.  An acquaintance sent  an invitation to their 11th Annual Forum:  UNDERSTANDING BIODIVERSITY.  Dr. Ana Porzecanski, Director of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at AMNH  the first speaker, defined Biodiveristy = life at all levels from genes to ecosystems, and the ecological and evolutionary processes and that maintain it.  “Over the last century, humans have come to dominate the planet, causing rapid ecosystem and massive loss of biodiversity across the planet.  This has led some people to refer to time we now live in as the “antropocene.”  Speaking from an international perspective,  Dr. Porzecanski argued that supporting conservation is the way forward, it is about innovation, stewardship, health and human rights.

The above slide (the figures are for the World,not just the United States) was part of the presentation by Dr. Donald Melnick, Professor of Conservation Biology, Director, Center for Environment, Economy and Society at Columbia University.  

There was a lot of bad news at this conference.
The best quote of the day was from Dr. Brooke Bateman, Director of Climate Watch, National Audubon Society “If you take care of the birds, you take care most of the problems in the world.”

The Good News? There are people all over the world working on solutions to the loss of biodiversity and there are endless ways we can become involved in this issue.  I’ve listed the speakers from this conference and linked to their organizations.

SPEAKERS:

Dr. Brooke Bateman, Director Climate Watch, National Audubon Society

Dr. Donald Melnick, Professor of Conservation Biology, Director Center for Environment, Economy and Society, Columbia University

Dr. Ana Prozecanski, Director Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, Museum of Natural History

Karenna Gore, Director Center for Earth Ethics, Union Theological Seminary

Emily Nobel Maxwell, Director, Urban Conservation Program, NYC, The Nature Conservancy

Dr. William Schuster, Executive Director, Black Rock Forest Consortium

 

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