Ruth DeFries

"Humanity is an enormous force on the planet."

Ruth DeFries

Ruth DeFries is Earth Institute faculty chair and professor of sustainable development:

"All my life I have been fascinated with how people interact with the natural world around them. How do we think about new models of development, new models of creating better lives for people and the ability for them to fulfill their aspirations?" 

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Ruth DeFries