The Next 20 Years: Worldview Interviews Pam Matson

Pamela Matson
© 2015 Worldview Stanford, The Future of Food

Looking ahead 20-30 years is often unsettling, given the unpredictable and dynamic pace of change that we experience almost every day.

The U.S. military calls this a VUCA world: Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous. This especially captures the big challenges ahead for environmental scientists. It’s no longer possible to talk about ecosystems and human systems separately – people and nature coexist and co-evolve on our planet. And those interactions exemplify VUCA.

Pamela Matson, Dean of Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences cuts through the complexity in this Worldview Interviews video. She asks how we can meet the energy, water, and food needs of our growing population – and in the process, how can we also help the most vulnerable populations?

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Pamela Matson: The Next 20 Years


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