On Monday, June 3rd, Panthera’s Conservation Council member and renowned actress, Jane Alexander, will give an exclusive lecture entitled, “Ending the War on Wildlife,” at The Explorers Club in New York City.
Focusing on the mass extinction of many of our Earth’s precious species, Jane’s presentation will touch on how people around the world are contributing to this grave issue through climate change, rampant poaching and wildlife trafficking, and other threats, and the solutions that exist to reverse this trend. Read a summary of the lecture here:
We are in the midst of a mass extinction; as many as 50% of all land and marine species could be gone by 2100. Unlike other extinctions in Earth’s history the blame for this one points squarely at us. Climate change is altering landscapes and warming the oceans. Human beings continue to plunder species for wildlife trafficking in body parts; we desecrate lands and seas for the insatiable demands of a growing population; we repudiate the word of scientists for political and economic gains and in our arrogance we have lost our connectedness to the earth itself. We are as predatory as any species we have ever feared. But we humans are also the most adaptable, the most empathic and the most ingenious creatures on the planet. We are at a crossroads and how we move forward will affect everything for the generations that follow us. Fortunately we are living in the great age of technological wizardry. Can we turn things around? How do we do it? Jane Alexander discusses the problems and possible solutions in this lecture.
This event is open to the public. Tickets are free for Explorers Club members, $20 for guests and $5 for students (with ID). Tickets are purchased with reservations, please visit The Explorers Club website to make a reservation.
Prior to Ms. Alexander’s 7pm presentation, The Explorers Club will host a reception, starting at 6pm. Visit The Explorers Club website.
More on Jane Alexander
As a member of Panthera's Conservation Council, Ms. Alexander serves on an expert advisory board providing actionable guidance on fundamental topics relevant to the development and success of Panthera. A long-time champion for the world’s wildlife and wild places, Jane’s commitment was most recently recognized in 2012 when she received the Indianapolis Prize’s inaugural Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador award - a newly created honor that recognizes individuals who support conservation of the environment by leading others to action, and who lend a credible, consistent, and effective public voice for the sustainability of wildlife.
Jane is also well-known as an actress of stage, screen and television. A Tony and Emmy award winner and a multiple Academy Award nominee, Ms. Alexander has played over 120 roles in her long career. Her favorites include Eleanor Roosevelt, Calamity Jane, St. Joan, and Eleanor Bachman in the Pulitzer Prize winning play, The Great White Hope. She also served as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts under President Clinton in the 1990s, traveling the length and breadth of the United States to stave off elimination of the agency by Congress.
In addition to serving on Panthera’s Conservation Council, Ms Alexander has served as a Trustee of the Wildlife Conservation Society and as a founding board member of the American Bird Conservancy. She currently serves as a Commissioner of New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Taconic Region, and on the board of the American Birding Association, the Women’s Conservation Council of the Audubon Society, and the Stewardship Council of BirdLife International and the National Audubon Society. Recently, Ms. Alexander chaired the National Audubon Society’s “Raise Your Voice for Arctic Birds” campaign to urge a halt of oil drilling in the Arctic and protect the region’s pristine wildlife and landscapes.
Ms. Alexander additionally served as Honorary Chair of the 2012 Indianapolis Prize and hosted the Indianapolis Prize Gala in 2006 and 2008, the year in which Panthera’s Vice President, Dr. George Schaller, received the Prize. Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, was also nominated for the 2010 and 2012 Indianapolis Prizes.