Panellists discuss impact of cities on planet’s climate, geology at York U


TORONTO, March 17, 2016 – Humans are leaving their mark on Earth and it’s not pretty. Many scientists are now calling this period in time the Anthropocene because of the effect of human activities on the planet’s geology, climate and ecosystems. And cities have become one of the major forces driving the impact.

David Miller

David Miller

What can be done to mitigate the effects? A panel of experts at York University, including former Toronto mayor David Miller, will address that question at the Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) Navigating the Anthropocene speaker series, “Planning in the Anthropocene,” Tuesday, March 22.

Panellists will discuss the role of cities in shaping the Anthropocene, as well as the role that careful planning can play in reducing the human effect. They will also discuss the major barriers – institutional, political, economic and behavioral – to achieving desired reductions and how they can be addressed.

When: Tuesday, March 22, from 1 to 2:30pm

Where: 140 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, Keele campus, York University. (See number 31 on the map.)


  • Chair David Miller, president & CEO, World Wildlife Fund Canada
  • Roger Keil, FES Faculty, York University
  • Franz Hartmann, executive director, Toronto Environmental Alliance
  • Faisal Moola, director general, Ontario and Northern Canada, David Suzuki Foundation

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