Confronting the Crisis of Sustainability and Resource Scarcity – May 14

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From the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Please join the Environmental Change and Security Program, the International Security Studies Program, and the West European Studies Program for a discussion of

Confronting the Crisis of Sustainability and Resource Scarcity


The Right Honourable Hilary Benn, U.K. Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and Member of Parliament

Thursday, May 14, 2009
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
6th Floor Flom Auditorium
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20004 USA Webcast live at

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The world is facing a crisis of sustainability. The volatile oil and food prices of 2008 served to warn that unless we take action, climate change, environmental degradation, and rising global population could increase the pressure on food, water, and other resources to catastrophic levels. The U.K. and the United States are not likely to experience direct shortages, but they will be affected as other nations struggle to cope.

Building on last month’s G20 summit in London, Hilary Benn will consider how we can begin to address the challenges of resource security and the transition to a sustainable, green economy. Benn is U.K. Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the Member of Parliament for the West Yorkshire constituency of Leeds.

If you are interested, but unable to attend the event, please tune into the live or archived webcast at The live webcast will begin approximately 10 minutes after the posted meeting time. You will need Windows Media Player to watch the webcast. To download the free player, visit:

Location: Woodrow Wilson Center at the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC (“Federal Triangle” stop on Blue/Orange Line), 6th Floor Flom Auditorium. A map to the Center is available at Note: Due to heightened security, entrance to the building will be restricted and photo identification is required. Please allow additional time to pass through security.

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