Huxley Speaker Series 4/13: Peter Robinson on the Future of Environmentalism

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Posted: Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 1:39pm

Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 4:00pm

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Dr. Peter Robinson will deliver his talk, “The End of the Baby Boom and the Future of Environmentalism,” at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The baby boomer generation is aging and at the same time we are hearing a narrative that environmentalism is failing. Peter Robinson argues that these two occurrences are no coincidence – they are linked. Robinson will use the framework of generational theory to discuss how modern environmentalism is being (re)interpreted and (re)defined by a younger generation of people who care about the environment – and the future implications for a world view that embraces nature as the conceptual basis for how we live our lives.

Robinson began his career working as a park ranger in wilderness areas throughout British Columbia, where he was decorated for bravery by the Governor General of Canada. After his park career, he worked at BC Housing, a provincial crown corporation, eventually becoming its CEO. Prior to his appointment as CEO of the David Suzuki Foundation, he was the CEO of Mountain Equipment Co-op. Peter holds a Doctor of Social Sciences, a Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management, a Bachelor of Arts in Geography, as well as diplomas in Community Economic Development and Fish & Wildlife Management.