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Saturday, October 19 • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Paper or Plastic and Other Environmental Conundrums

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If you are one of those believers in science who think environmental degradation is the biggest problem facing the planet, this session is for you. Our three authors have some unexpected takes that will challenge your assumptions. Medical ethicist Harriet Washington’s A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind, talks about the toxic pollution in communities of color and its effect on cognitive development. Andrew McAfee, in More from Less: The Surprising Story of How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources—And What Happens Next, offers copious data to show that thanks to technology, fewer resources are being consumed in manufacturing stuff, with positive implications for the environment. And in Bright Future: How Some Countries Have Solved Climate Change and the Rest Can Follow, Joshua Goldstein makes an impassioned case for nuclear power, the only truly clean energy. WBUR’s environmental senior producing editor, Barbara Moran, will lead this revelatory conversation about the environment. Sponsored by the Boston Public Library.

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Barbara Moran

Barbara Moran is the senior producing editor for WBUR’s environmental vertical. For more than twenty years, she has worked as a science journalist committed to covering issues of public health, environmental justice, and the intersection of science and society. She has written for... Read More →

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Andrew McAfee

Andrew McAfee is a scientist, writer, and researcher at the forefront of exploring how the digital world impacts our present and our future. He is the codirector of the Initiative on the Digital Economy at MIT, as well as principal research scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management... Read More →
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Harriet Washington

Harriet Washington is a research fellow, scholar, and author. A recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, Washington has held fellowships at the Harvard School of Public Health, Stanford University, DePaul University College of Law, Harvard Medical School... Read More →
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Joshua Goldstein

Joshua Goldstein is a scholar, professor, and writer with expertise in international relations, world order, and climate change. His work, which has earned him a MacArthur Foundation Individual Research and Writing Grant and the International Studies Association’s Karl Deutsch Award... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:15pm EDT
BPL Rabb Hall 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116