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Cultivating Hope in Unpredictable Times


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Cultivating Hope in Unpredictable Times: How Science Helps Groups Solve Wicked Environmental Problems

Tickets are $10 per person and proceeds support Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

We are constantly bombarded by conservation challenges that seem, at times, impossibly complex. Hope for solving them comes not from an examination of data, nor is it justified by social trends.

Our work on controversial issues shows how participation in science can lead to deeper engagement in complex policy challenges, more rational public discourse, and - eventually - better decisions and outcomes. This process is slow, but can be catalyzed by effective collaboration.

We provide examples of how involvement in science-based decision processes is a source of hope for many, and how increasing opportunities for transformative engagement brings hope for the future of biodiversity.

A presentation by Dr. Thomas D. Sisk, Olajos-Goslow Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, Northern Arizona University, AZ and Dr. Wendy J. Palen, Earth to Ocean Research Group, Simon Fraser University, BC.