Earth Day 50/50: Looking Back, Moving Forward


    In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, this special Earth Institute Live conversation reflects back and looks ahead. Click the video below to watch:

    At this truly amazing juncture in human history, we face an immediate global public health emergency as well as a slower, but monumental, global climate crisis.

    Our special Earth Institute Live conversation with Columbia University experts, alumni, and students reflects on what environmental science and activism accomplished since the first Earth day. It also examines today’s challenges and opportunities and charts pathways to a more sustainable, equitable, resilient future for humanity through the next 50 years and beyond.

    • Host: Alex Halliday, Director, the Earth Institute, Columbia University 
    • Moderator: Andrew Revkin, JS ‘82, veteran environmental journalist; Founding Director, Earth Institute Initiative on Communication and Sustainability

    Leading the Way on Earth and Climate Research 

    • Maureen Raymo, GSAS ‘89; Bruce C. Heezen/Lamont Research Professor; Director - Core Repository, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the Earth Institute, Columbia University

    Birth of a Movement: Earth Day 1970

    • Michael Gerrard, CC ‘72; Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice in the Faculty of Law; Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, School of Law
    • Fred Kent, CC ‘67; Co-Founder, Placemaking Fund, PlacemakingX, and the Social Life Project

    The Next 50 Years: Building a Sustainable Planet into the Future

    • Maria Chart, SEAS ’21; Co-chair, Columbia Eco-reps Living Green Committee
    • Alex Halliday, Director, the Earth Institute, Columbia University
    • Narayan Subramanian, SEAS ‘13, Law ‘20; Fellow, Data for Progress and SAIS-ISEP 

    The Earth Institute at Columbia University is the world leader in interdisciplinary climate and sustainability research, policy and teaching. Under the directorship of pioneering geochemist Alex Halliday, PhD, the Earth Institute brings together a community of earth and environmental scientists, economists, lawyers, public health specialists, and business and policy experts to seek solutions to the planet’s most pressing challenges.