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John P. Bunker Memorial Lecture: Peter Neill, The Once and Future Ocean
August 30, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Peter Neill, Founder and Director of the World Ocean Observatory, believes that the ocean holds the key to humanity’s survival.
At a time when the world faces a multitude of potential calamities, from climate change to a struggling oil industry to rapid population growth, Neill argues that now is the time to begin organizing our social, financial and political order around water in all its forms and functions.
The ocean, he contends, is where we must go for fresh water, food, energy, health, protection from extreme weather and storm surge, political stability, community development and personal renaissance.
In his lecture, Neill contends that the threats facing us are real and the consequences of continuing “business as usual” will be devastating. He calls for a new ocean ethos and offers concrete examples of technologies and applications that already exist and could be utilized to protect these vital ocean resources.
About the John P.Bunker Memorial Lecture Series
John P. Bunker was Professor Emeritus at Stanford University and a visiting Fellow at King’s Fund Center for Health Services Development in London. Dr. Bunker, a pioneer in evidence-based medicine, was the founding chairman of the Stanford University Department of Anesthesia; he later headed Stanford’s Department of Health Services Research. He began coming to Truro in the summer as a small boy in the 1920s, and then, twenty years later, started bringing along his wife and four children. John Bunker’s many interests include art, music, literature, philosophy, medicine, politics, and spirituality.