Will Humans Survive our Assault on the Earth?


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Will Humans Survive our Assault on the Earth? A Message from Madagascar

Monday, January 29, 2018

Wenner Gren Foundation, 470 Park Ave South, 8th Floor, New York

Presented By

The Anthropology Section


Anthropologists are well aware that there are wars in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa, areas where humans have existed the longest. But rarely do we suggest that the roots of these conflicts are competition for natural resources, ie, fighting for access to farming and grazing land and access to water. Madagascar has been populated by humans for only a few thousand years, yet a shocking portion of its natural resources has been destroyed. Today it is the 6th poorest country on Earth. This grinding human poverty, where 70% of the population is malnourished, is partially caused by destruction of natural resources by fires since human arrival. I will discuss the current political and economic situation in Madagascar and offer two possible predictions for Madagascar of the future. These predictions could apply globally.

Time of Lectures: Buffet dinner at 5:45 PM. ($20 contribution for dinner guests/free for students).

Lectures begin at 6:30 PM and are free and open to the public.


Wenner-Gren Foundation
470 Park Avenue South, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Preregistration through the New York Academy of Sciences website, customerservice@nyas.org or by phone (212-298-8640 or 212-298-8600) is strongly recommended since seating is limited.


Nonmember Student, Undergrad, Grad, Fellow
Member Student, Post-Doc, Fellow


Will Humans Survive our Assault on the Earth?
Joel Cohen, Director, Laboratory of Populations, and Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences and International & Public Affairs at The Rockefeller University; Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University