Award-winning Journalist Elizabeth Kolbert
Speaks on Climate Change
May 8, 2012
(Palo Alto, Calif.) – On May 14 Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) welcomes the final speaker for its 2012 Wallace Stegner Lecturesóbest-selling journalist and climate-change expert Elizabeth Kolbert. The Kolbert lecture takes place at 8 p.m. at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
After a trek across the Arctic and visits with top scientists and policymakers, Kolbert published a three-part series in The New Yorker that evolved into her 2006 book, Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change. Kolbert's lecture will focus on the lessons learned from her work, specifically on what can be done to save our planet in the face of global warming. She will draw parallels to lost civilizations, separate science from politics and speak for the people already affected. She will also offer insights into what we can do locally.
Kolbert's writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, where she was a staff writer for 15 years, National Geographic and Mother Jones. In addition to recognition for her work in The New Yorker, in September 2010 Kolbert received the prestigious Heinz Award for addressing the human and natural causes of global climate change.
Each year POST's Wallace Stegner Lectures feature writers, artists and thinkers who explore important issues related to land, nature and conservation. Now in its 19th year, the series pays tribute to Wallace Stegner, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, environmental leader and longtime Peninsula resident. The series is made possible by a generous donation from Jean Lane in honor of her late husband Bill. Media sponsor for the series is Embarcadero Media, publishers of the Palo Alto Weekly, The Almanac, Mountain View Voice and Palo Alto Online.
Two local organic farmsóJacobs Farm/Del Cabo and Pie Ranchósponsor the evening with Kolbert. Proceeds from the lectures help fund POST's work to protect open space and parkland in and around Silicon Valley.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.mountainview.gov/mvcpa or by calling (650) 903-6000, Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6:00 p.m.
POST is a leading private, nonprofit land trust dedicated to preserving the beauty, character and diversity of the San Francisco Peninsula and Santa Cruz Mountain range. Since its founding in 1977, POST has been responsible for saving more than 70,000 acres as permanent open space and parkland in San Mateo, Santa Clara and
Santa Cruz counties.
Ann Duwe, Communications Associate
Phone: (650) 854-7696 x316
Email: aduwe [at] openspacetrust [dot] org