Webinar: IWF NorCal Exclusive with Special Guest Rebecca Shaw, Chief Scientist, World Wildlife Fund
Beyond Boundaries: Emerging Zoonotic Diseases, Nature and Human Well-Being
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
4:00 to 5:00 PM
We are thrilled to announce an exciting and exclusive opportunity for IWF NorCal members to hear from and interact with special guest Dr. Rebecca Shaw, Chief Scientist and Senior Vice President of the World Wildlife Fund. Rebecca is a brilliant thought leader who has been researching and leading interdisciplinary approaches to conservation and climate change for more than 30 years. Join us for this special webinar "Beyond Boundaries: Emerging zoonotic diseases, nature and human well-being."
The devastating human and economic losses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic are now central in the lives of people throughout the world. Beyond the immediate challenge of rebuilding lives and the global economy is also an opportunity to reimagine a new and better world.
This is not the first time a new and deadly virus has emerged, and it will not be the last. COVID-19 is thought to be a zoonotic diseased transmitted from animals to people. Because of the link between humans and nature, if we continue to degrade our environment, similar pandemics will become more likely and severe. Rebecca will discuss the key drivers that influence this risk and what conservation measures we can take so that emerging infectious diseases are less likely to become a recurring threat to our health and economic prosperity. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.
Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: via Webinar (Zoom details will be provided in the Event Registration confirmation email).
Cost: Free but registration is required. Our appreciation to Cindy Eisenberg for bringing this incredible opportunity to our members.
Rebecca Shaw is chief scientist and senior vice president for the World Wildlife Fund. In her role as chief scientist, Shaw works with experts and partners around the world to identify emerging challenges to WWF’s mission and advance the scientific inquiry to deliver solutions to those challenges. Shaw came to WWF from the Environmental Defense Fund, where she was responsible for developing and implementing the vision and strategy of the ecosystems program. She has been published widely in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals such as Scienceand Nature and is the recipient of numerous awards for her work. She is a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report, which focuses on impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability. Shaw holds an MA in environmental policy and a PhD in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley.