While most Chautauquans were home for the winter, the gardens, landscapes, buildings and grounds staff and crews were busy continuing to make Chautauqua Institution a more sustainable community.
Just as white settlers displaced, divided and exploited many native groups in their expansion across the West, they conceptually and practically split up the West’s natural resources, said water and energy policy analyst Cynthia J. Truelove on Tuesday in the Amphitheater.
The intersection of economy and diplomacy — how countries interact based on their financial needs — can be linked directly to one factor: the world’s eternal search for energy.
“Oil is what this planet runs on, for good or for ill,” said Molly Williamson, a scholar at the Middle East Institute who has served as a foreign service officer under six U.S. presidents. “And every single day, this planet consumes 89 million barrels of oil.”