By the time Huella Ecologica released its latest report on the state of the world’s ecosystems, almost 30 years ago, there was a broad consensus among scientists that we have started to acknowledge our ecological role and that we are increasingly using and conserving ecological resources.
But many of the challenges we face are not new.
As we work to understand the global ecology and our shared future, there are many opportunities to increase our understanding and make progress in the areas we are currently addressing.
This is an edited version of a keynote delivered by Rachel Lasker, co-founder of the Center for Eco-Science Education, at the Center of Excellence in Environmental and Natural Resources at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
The Center for Ecological Sciences is the oldest and largest environmental and social science education center in the world, with more than 3,000 graduate students.
It serves students, teachers, and faculty in the sciences, the humanities, social sciences, and the arts.
The Center is committed to creating a global environment that promotes the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, and is dedicated to supporting research that promotes a sustainable future.