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Jonathan Foley

Jonathan Foley

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World expert on sustainability

World expert on food security

Executive Director, California Academy of Sciences

Dr. Jonathan Foley is the Executive Director of the California Academy of Sciences, where he is also the William R. and Gretchen B. Kimball Chair. In this role, Jonathan leads the greenest museum on the planet and one of the most future-focused scientific institutions in the world.

A world-renowned scientist, his work focuses on the sustainability of our planet and the ecosystems and natural resources we depend on. Throughout his career, he and his colleagues have contributed to our understanding of worldwide changes in ecosystems, land use and climate, global food security, and the sustainability of the world’s resources. This work has led Jonathan to become a trusted advisor to governments, environmental groups, foundations, non-governmental organizations, and business leaders around the world.

A noted science communicator, his presentations on global environmental issues have been featured at hundreds of venues, including the Aspen Environmental Forum, the Chautauqua Institution, and TED.

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"Jonathan's life work has been dedicated to better understanding the processes that threaten sustainable life on our planet. His pioneering research points us towards the changes governments, businesses and individuals must make, and the opportunities these changes present."

The Other Inconvenient Truth (2010)

[youtube https://www.ted.com/talks/jonathan_foley_the_other_inconvenient_truth]

Can We Feed A Rapidly Growing World Without Destroying The Planet? (2014)

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