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Library and Archives Canada395 Wellingtons Street
4:30pm

Our Fragile Moment

with Michael E. Mann
Hosted by Carleton’s Sarah Everts

Our Fragile Moment

with Michael E. Mann
Hosted by Carleton’s Sarah Everts
4
Saturday
May
4:30pm
Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellingtons Street
Michael E Mann

Join us for a conversation with renowned climate scientist Michael E. Mann about his new book, Our Fragile Moment: How Lessons from Earth's Past Can Help Us Survive the Climate Crisis .

 

In this sweeping work of science and history, he shows us the conditions on Earth that allowed humans not only to exist but thrive, and how they are imperiled if we veer off course.

 

For the vast majority of its 4.54 billion years, Earth has proven it can manage just fine without human beings. Then came the first proto-humans, who emerged just a little more than 2 million years ago—a fleeting moment in geological time. What is it that made this benevolent moment of ours possible? Ironically, it’s the very same thing that now threatens us—climate change.

 

The conditions that allowed humans to live on this earth are fragile, incredibly so. Climate variability has at times created new niches that humans or their ancestors could potentially exploit, and challenges that at times have spurred innovation. But there’s a relatively narrow envelope of climate variability within which human civilization remains viable. And our survival depends on conditions remaining within that range.

 

Books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.

 

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