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Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton, M.D., asks: Given the impact on the planet that the rise of the human species has already had over the past millennia – the dawn of agriculture, land and water use, emerging diseases, climate change, species extinction and other challenges – is there reason to be optimistic about the future of Earth, and our place in it? Will our species have the ideas, means, and the will to successfully adapt to this upcoming era of global change?

Panelists

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Jedediah Purdy

professor of law Duke University and the author of After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene

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Catrina Rorke

senior fellow for energy policy, R Street Institute

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Mary Evelyn Tucker

co-founder and co-director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University

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