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Aquarium of the Pacific’s Guest Speaker Series

October 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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One event on October 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm

One event on October 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Aquarium of the Pacific logo used with permission. Background image licensed through Metro Creative Graphics, NY.

Throughout October the Aquarium of the Pacific will offer virtual lectures streamed live online and free to watch from home as its Guest Speaker Series as part of the Online Academy.

As the election approaches, the Aquarium will host a lecture that will examine support for environmental issues at the ballot among communities of color. In this virtual lecture on October 8, viewers will have the opportunity to hear from Hazel Wong, the director of Global Conservation Campaigns at The Nature Conservancy. Wong will highlight polling data showing attitudes among communities of color vis a vis white communities when it comes to environmental issues. She will then ask why, despite our planet’s climate and biodiversity crisis, the environment still has negligible influence on elections. Aquarium President and CEO Dr. Peter Kareiva will also talk with Wong about her background growing up in Seychelles, a group of islands of the east coast of Africa, and her connections to marine environments.

On October 15 journalist and historian Jon Gertner will discuss his book, Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey into Greenland’s Buried Past and Our Perilous Future. The book provides an account of the explorers and scientists working to understand the rapidly melting ice sheet in Greenland, a dramatic harbinger of climate change.

Representatives of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Florida Reef Tract Rescue Project will share the story of rescuing corals in Florida on October 22. The story is being written by scientists, field biologists, and public aquariums across the country. It features exotic places, a cunning villain, a host of colorful characters, and heroes: a team working together to save the day. Speakers will include the program’s coordinator Beth Firchau and others from her team including Dallas Zoo Conservation Programs Manager Chris Corpus.

The Guest Speaker Series is part of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Online Academy, which offers free live and on-demand educational resources for both kids and adults.

Thursday, October 8, 2020, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. / Voting: Hazel Wong

Thursday, October 15, 2020, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. / Greenland’s ice sheet: Jon Gertner

Thursday, October 22, 2020, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. / Florida coral rescue: Beth Firchau and team

WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific’s website:

COST: Anyone can tune in for FREE, no RSVPs required.


October 8, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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