Managing director of The Nature Conservancy
 to speak

November 16 talk to discuss environmentally smart economic development

What if you could eliminate the carbon emissions of 400,000 cars, cut a developing country’s international debt and, in the same deal, shift the economy toward more efficient agriculture? 

It’s not fantasy. It’s forests.

Fifteen percent of the world’s carbon emissions come from deforestation – more than all the world’s cars, airplanes and trains combined. Cut deforestation and you cut greenhouses gases – with minimal effect on economic growth. 

Last year Greg Fishbein of The Nature Conservancy struck the deal  just described in Indonesia; he has arranged similar packages for Brazil, Costa Rica and is working on similar deals in Mexico and China.

On Wednesday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. (6:30 for pizza) Fishbein will be the guest speaker at the next International and Global Studies Program (IGS) conversation, held in the Mandel Center Reading Room on the thrid floor. He will be joined by Stephanie Karol ’12 and Ben Rifkin ’12, IGS seniors who will discuss what they learned about green growth while studying in Argentina and Madagascar respectively.

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