George Washington Carver and the Language of Plants as a Necessary Pathway to a Sustainable Future

Seminar from the Center for Research on Programmable Plant Systems (CROPPS)
Speaker: Jim Embry
Date and time: April 16 from 2-3 p.m.
Location: Hybrid event on Zoom and at the Boyce Thompson Institute auditorium

Moving beyond the three pillars – economics, equity and environment – of sustainability formulated at the 1992 Earth Summit, Jim Embry has reconceptualized what should be meant by sustainability.

During this lecture, Embry will offer six pathways for a sustainable future, with an emphasis on pioneer George Washington Carver as the compass.

While addressing our food and agricultural systems as the fulcrum point of transformation, Embry will discuss the connection between discovering the language of plants and its meaning to the evolution of, and ongoing pursuit of justice for humanity.

About Activist Jim Embry

Jim Embry is an Eco-Activist and the Founder and Director of the Sustainable Communities Network. Jim contributes to the theory and practice of sustainable living at the local, national, and international levels with a focus on food systems. A long-time Civil Rights Activist who served as a marshal in the funeral for Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jim has participated in most of the major social justice movements of his era, and now believes the sustainability movement encompasses all those previous to it. In 2023, Jim was honored with the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award “for his lifelong work as a community activist advocating for sustainable living practices and Black and Indigenous rights.” Jim speaks regularly at conferences and universities across the world, sharing his insights from over 60 years as an Eco- and Social Justice Activist.

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