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Dr. Jon D. Erickson, "An Economics for the Century of the Environment"

Date: 10/26/06
Time: 4-5:30 with reception at 3:30
Audience: Public
Sponsored By: School of Science and Engineering
Cost: free
Location: Coykendall Science Building (Auditorium and Lounge)
Contact: David Clark, x3524,
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Economics has been defined as the the study of the allocation of limited, or scarce, means among alternative, competing ends. Until very recently, human labor was the primary limited means in a world where natural resources were abundant. Population and technological growth has suddenly reversed these roles, as we find ourselves in a world in which natural resources are increasingly limited and human labor is ever more abundant. As humanity marches full steam into the resulting environmental crisis, coming to terms with our means, realizing our ends, and crafting a new economics that recognizes this new reality will be the challenge and opportunity of our generation. Dr. Erickson will discuss the new science of ecological economics that aspires to address this challenge and fulfill this opportunity.