Sustaining Culture to Sustain the Community: the Case of Easter Island

Carl Lipo and Pamela Mischen of Binghamton University will give this Sustainability Perspectives Series talk.
Feb. 5, 2018
12:15 pm
de Witt Lecture Hall (106), Zabriskie Hall

The Sustainability Perspectives Series presents "Sustaining Culture to Sustain the Community: the Case of Easter Island," with Carl Lipo and Pamela Mischen of Binghamton University. This event will take place at 12:20 p.m. Monday, February 5, in the de Witt Lecture Room (Zabriskie 106) on the Wells College campus. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend.

Carl Lipo and Pamela Mischen from Binghamton University will explain that, contrary to popular belief, Easter Island was sustainable before humans arrived. While extensive deforestation occurred, the island reached a new sustainable equilibrium until Europeans arrived. Catastrophic depopulation resulted, but the island has since rebounded. Modern day Easter Island faces different sustainability challenges as a global tourist destination. Learn about Easter Island’s long struggle to maintain its culture and sustainability through self-governance. Learn how the three “Es” of sustainable communities (economy, environment, and equity) are inherently intertwined with culture and governance.

This talk is part of the Center for Sustainability and the Environment's Sustainability Perspectives Series. Wells is committed to providing access to all events; anyone needing assistance should contact Marian Brown, director of the Center for Sustainability and the Environment, as soon as possible.

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