University of South Carolina

Leading sustainability expert to speak Monday, Oct. 26

The University of South Carolina will host a talk by British sustainability expert Norman Myers at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26.

The program, titled “Our Environmental Prospect: Breakdown or Breakthrough?” will be held at in the School of Law auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Myers, a professor at Oxford University’s Green College and an adjunct professor at Duke University, has made major contributions to global sustainability. His pioneering, interdisciplinary work has examined numerous areas, including population, poverty, forestry and trade and investment. In the early 1970s, Myers established that the species extinction rate worldwide was several hundred times greater than generally believed at the time. He also proposed a strategy to identify biodiversity “hotspots” as a way to curb mass extinction.

His achievements have been recognized through numerous scientific and achievement awards, including the Volvo Environment Prize, the UNEP/Sasakawa Environment Prize and the Blue Planet Prize. In 1997, Myers was appointed by Queen Elizabeth to The Order of St. Michael and St. George “for services to the global environment.”

Myers is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the World Academy of Art and Science and the Royal Society of Arts.

The event is part of the School of the Environment’s Biodiversity Series.

“Our Environmental Prospect: Breakdown or Breakthrough?”

  • What: Public lecture on sustainability
  • Who: British sustainability expert Norman Myers
  • When: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26
  • Where: School of Law auditorium

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 10/22/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 10/22/09 @ 1:26 PM | Permalink