Peter Raven, Ph.D., a leading botanist and advocate of international
conservation and biodiversity, will give a free public presentation Nov.
3 at Warren Wilson College. His presentation, titled “Conserving Plant
Biodiversity in a Changing World,” begins at 7 p.m. in the College Chapel.
Raven first realized in the mid-1960s that the rapid growth of human
population, consumption and the spread of polluting technologies were
threatening biological diversity to a degree that had not been evident
earlier. He soon became an outspoken advocate of the need for
conservation throughout the world based on efforts to attain
sustainability and social justice everywhere. He has been chosen by TIME
magazine as a "Hero for the Planet."
For nearly 40 years, Raven headed the Missouri Botanical Garden, an
institution he nurtured to become a world-class center for botanical
research, education and horticulture display. During this period, the
garden became a leader in botanical research and conservation in Latin
America, Africa, Asia and North America.
Raven is George Engelmann Professor of Botany Emeritus at Washington
University in St. Louis and president emeritus of the Missouri Botanical
Garden. He is a trustee of the National Geographic Society and chairman
of the society's Committee for Research and Exploration.
For more details about Raven’s presentation, contact Ellen Querin at
828-771-3006 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is sponsored by
Warren Wilson’s environmental studies department and its Environmental