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Laura Cunningham presents Ten Millennia of California Ecology

  • Location:
    Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Pier 2, San Francisco, California, 94123, US

The Long Now Foundation's monthly series Seminars About Long-term Thinking
Ecologically, the past is always present if you know where and how to look. Paleontologist-biologist-artist Laura Cunningham spent 20 years exploring California's archives and relic lands to reconstruct exactly what life used to look like here over the past 10,000 years. Her beautiful images and her insights about long-period ecological change are collected in her new book, A STATE OF CHANGE: Forgotten Landscapes of California.
Like many regions, California is busy restoring portions of the natural environment to previous conditions—native meadows, riparian woodlands, salt marshes, old-growth forests, along with the animals that used to populate them. But there is no static past to restore TO. With Cunningham's guidance we can choose to restore to a particular period: say, before the white invasion; or, during the Medieval Warm Period; or, before the human invasion; or, during the Ice Ages. With her inspiration, we can begin to envisage the ecological changes coming over the next 10,000 years.
Seminar hosted by Stewart Brand
Advance Tickets Recommended - Tickets are $10
Long Now Members get complimentary tickets
Live Audio Stream of the Seminar for Long Now Members
There will be a reception at The Long Now Museum & Store following the Seminar
About the Series:
The Seminars About Long-term Thinking were started in 02003 to build a coherent, compelling body of ideas about long-term thinking, to help nudge civilization toward Long Now's goal of making long-term thinking automatic and common instead of difficult and rare.