COVID-19 Prompts Tang Prize Laureates to Examine New Challenges Facing Sustainable Development
Economic development, environmental conservation, and social justice are the three pillars of sustainable development, at the core of which is ecological conservation, the main theme of this forum. In addition to the moderator, President of Taiwan's Academia Sinica Dr. James Liao, and the keynote speaker, 2020 Tang Prize winner in Sustainable Development Dr. Jane Goodall, three previous Tang Prize laureates will also contribute their professional opinions. They are Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, former director-general of the WHO, Dr. James Hansen, director of the Program on Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions in the Earth Institute at Colombia University, and Prof. Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Edward A. Frieman Endowed Presidential Chair in Climate Sustainability in UC San Diego. Prof. Huey-Jen Jenny Su, president of National Cheng Kung University, and Prof. Chia-Wei Li from the Department of Life Science at National Tsing Hua University will serve as panelists. These experts will take us through problems magnified during the pandemic, such as social and economic inequalities, climate change, and the relationship between humans, animals and nature, all of which will have profound impact on sustainable development.
In her speech, "Ecological Conservation and Sustainable Development of Human Society: The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic," Dr. Goodall will elaborate on how animals and species have been forced to move away from their usual habitats because of mankind's exploitation and disrespect of nature. This could create situations where species that normally wouldn't be in touch at all end up coming into contact with one another, or animals go into cities in search of food. The current pandemic is thought to have started because we traffic and sell wildlife in markets, making it easier for a pathogen to jump from an animal to a human.
Thrown into a global health emergency, we have witnessed how our lives have been disrupted and how our wisdom and responses to crises have been put to test. Therefore, the Tang Prize Foundation cordially invite you to join us in this forum and learn about the masters' insight as to how to realize sustainable development under these trying circumstances.
About Tang Prize
Dr. Samuel Yin, chairman of Ruentex Group, founded the Tang Prize in December of 2012 as an extension of the supreme value his family placed on education. Harkening back to the golden age of the Tang Dynasty in Chinese history, the Tang Prize seeks to be an inspiring force for people working in all corners of the world. For more information on the Tang Prize and its laureates, please visit www.tang-prize.org
Source: Tang Prize Foundation
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