Fate of the Earth Symposium 2017 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 (All day)

Fate of the Earth Symposium 2017 

Wednesday April 12 and Thursday April 13, 2017
MSU Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center

This two-day conference begins with a public symposium on Wednesday April 12. Speakers include author and investigative journalist Charles Fishman who will address “What Water Needs Now: Smart Water in the Era of Climate Change and Donald Trump.”  Also on April 12, Sen. Lana Pollack, currently the United States Section Chair of the International Joint Commission, will present “No Clean Slate – Opportunities to Clean Up the Mess You are Inheriting.”  MSU’s own Dr. Joan Rose, winner of the Stockholm Water Prize, will address “The Water Quality Crisis: Are We Risking Our Health?” and a panel of experts on the Flint Water Crisis will discuss “What We Have Learned” from the ongoing and neighboring drinking water tragedy.

On Thursday April 13, the Scientific Colloquia brings researchers from Big Ten Universities and University of California Berkeley together with international scholars and private industry experts for a technical discussion of the problems facing the world’s water, land, air and food supplies.

Meanwhile, MSU undergraduate and graduate students will be presenting their environmental science and policy research posters on both days of the symposium.

The symposium is organized by MSU’s Environmental Science and Policy Program and funded by the generous endowment of Barbara Sawyer-Koch and Donald Koch. The symposium is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required.

To learn more and to register for the conference, go to