ERG Annual Lecture 2024

The Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley has, from its inception a half century ago, educated many of today’s experts and policymakers about the truly interdisciplinary nature of global challenges and solutions. Dr. Peter Gleick, a member of one of ERG’s early cohorts, especially took to heart the idea that the resource and environmental challenges we face are multifaceted.

In this year’s ERG Annual Lecture, Gleick will reflect on ERG and the part it has played in his thinking and life’s work, and he will describe the human history of water as laid out in his new book, The Three Ages of energy, food, climate present his vision on  April 18, 6:30pm-8pm: Berdahl Auditorium,Stanley Hall.

Dr. Peter Gleick is a leading scientist, innovator, and communicator on water and climate issues. He co-founded the Pacific Institute in Oakland, California in 1987, one of the most innovative, independent non-governmental research centers, creating and advancing solutions to the world’s most pressing water challenges. Dr. Gleick is a scientist trained at the intersection of hydrology, climatology, and policy. His work has redefined water from the realm of engineers to the world of social justice, sustainability, human rights, and integrated thinking. He developed one of the earliest analyses of the consequences of climate change for water resources, the earliest comprehensive work on water and conflict, and defined basic human needs for water and the human right to water work that has been used by the United Nations and in human rights court cases.
Dr. Gleick is a MacArthur Fellow, an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2018 he was awarded the Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization. He received his B.S. from Yale University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from ERG at the University of California, Berkeley.