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Can Capitalism Really Save The Planet? From Re-Wilding the American West with Bison, Wolves and Grizzlies to Taking on Climate Change, Global Poverty and Nukes, Ted Turner The Groundbreaker Puts It to the Test

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 | 05:30 PM

Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall | 195 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT
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Please join us Tuesday, February 18, for a conversation with critically acclaimed author Todd Wilkinson

Please join the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (YCELP) and the Yale Climate and Energy Institute (YCEI) on Tuesday, February 18, for a conversation with nationally acclaimed journalist Todd Wilkinson.

He will be discussing his recent book, Last Stand: Ted Turner's Quest to Save a Troubled Planet, which offers a “diligently detailed, keenly interpreted, and jaw-dropping portrait of a smart, prescient, independent man hard-driven by sorrow and passionately committed to doing lasting good in the world on as large a scale as possible.” His talk begins at 5:30 PM in Kroon Hall’s Burke Auditorium (195 Prospect Street); it is free and open to the public.

The talk, co-sponsored by YCELP and YCEI, is part of the Climate and Energy Bookshelf speaker series featuring new publications by renowned environmental policy thinkers including Brian Keane, Mary Wood, and Tom Kizzia.

Todd Wilkinson is a nationally noted journalist and author with reporting assignments that have taken him around the globe.  His latest book, Last Stand: Ted Turner's Quest to Save a Troubled Planet has won widespread praise for its discussion of how Turner, the former media mogul turned environmentalist and bison rancher has become a pioneering 21st century "eco-humanitarian capitalist." The book has been fodder for discussion on college campuses across the country because it challenges students to ponder how the pursuit of personal economic prosperity can be used as a tool for confronting the significant global problems that will shape their world. It also explores the moral responsibility of plutocrats to society. During his seven years of research and writing, Wilkinson interviewed four Nobel Peace Prize recipients, including former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Al Gore and a cast of other world leaders.

Todd, a native Minnesotan, began his career as a violent crime reporter with the legendary City News Bureau of Chicago. Today basing himself in Bozeman, Montana, he is a western correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor and a contributor to several magazines. He also is author of the acclaimed 1998 book, Science Under Siege: The Politicians' War On Nature and Truth.


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