“Food transforms the world’s landscapes,” said Dennis Dimick, executive environmental editor at National Geographic. “Forty percent of the land area of the Earth has been transformed for agriculture.” Those transformations and the many faces behind it were vibrantly presented to the Amphitheater audience on Monday as Dimick, joined by National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson, showed photographs from their 25-year collaboration exploring the world’s agricultural systems.
Dennis Dimick and Jim Richardson were both raised on small farms — Dimick in Oregon, and Richardson in Kansas — and grew up alongside wheat, corn and livestock. But, on the cusp of the Green Revolution, change was in the air.
In the National Geographic Society’s flagship year of 1888, eminent French economist and statistician Pierre Émile Levasseur estimated the global population to be 1.483 billion.
The relationship between humans, nature and water is like no other.
Though water’s importance for people is evident, nature’s need for water is often overlooked.
“We need to be thinking about the needs of nature because, after all, it is nature that sustains us,” said Dennis Dimick, executive editor for the environment of National Geographic magazine, at Monday’s morning lecture in the Amphitheater.
Dimick and Sandra Postel, founder and director of the Global Water Policy Project, spoke about the limited amount of fresh water on earth to kick off Week Four, themed “Water Matters.” The morning lecture began with a presentation by Dimick, followed by a conversation between him and Postel.
Conservation is more than just turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth.
“All the water we have today is all the water we’ve ever had and are going to have,” said Dennis Dimick, National Geographic Magazine’s executive editor for the environment.
Spreading the word about the world’s fresh water and how to conserve and use it efficiently makes up today’s morning lecture with Dimick and Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project. The pair will speak on this week’s theme, “Water Matters.”
Water’s importance to life on earth cannot be overstated — without it, there is none. This week, in partnership with National Geographic Society, Chautauqua presents “Water Matters,” a series of 10:45 a.m. Amphitheater lectures exploring our world of water, including availability, conservation, health and politics.
On Monday, returning Chautauqua lecturer Sandra Postel joins Dennis Dimick in a joint lecture introducing the week. Postel is director of the independent Global Water Policy Project and the Freshwater Fellow of the National Geographic Society. Dimmick is National Geographic magazine’s executive editor for the environment and has been key to shaping the magazine’s award-winning reporting, particularly on climate change, since 2003.