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Fishy Thinking: Fishing as a Window into the Global Sustainability Dilemma (Hard Earth series)

April 14, 2020 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Event Sponsor: 
Roble Living Laboratory for Sustainability at Stanford
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Talk by Shannon Switzer Swanson, PhD Candidate, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources

In Indonesia’s Banggai Archipelago, where once-rich marine life is dwindling, there are two types of fishers. One continues using destructive practices such as bombs and cyanide to kill fish. The other has transitioned to more-sustainable practices such as small nets and hand lines. Why the difference? The answer is a dichotomy common to pressing environmental threats: Some fishers are willing to make short-term sacrifices for long-term gain. Some aren’t.

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About the Hard Earth Spring speaker series


The COVID crisis makes one thing clear: society is ill-equipped to deal with disasters that do not respect borders and can cripple social and economic systems. Climate change, though radically different from a virus, similarly is a global threat. Hard Earth’s Spring 2020 series will feature virtual biweekly talks by four graduate students whose research probes a changing climate’s already-occurring impacts on livelihoods, jobs, food, and social safety nets around the world.

Click into any talk (RSVP) or register for 1-unit online course CEE126Z | EARTH126Z that encompasses all sessions.