Environmentalist and consumer rights activist Erin Brockovich will headline the Peninsula Open Space Trust’s Wallace Stegner Lecture, scheduled 7 p.m. Tuesday online.
Now in its 29th year, the series’ 2021 theme, “The Path Forward,” focuses on how the community can address today’s social and environmental issues.
While working as a file clerk at a Los Angeles law firm in 1992, Brockovich uncovered documents that ultimately led to more than 600 residents of the town of Hinkley filing a lawsuit against utility giant PG&E. Since then, she has worked on a host of environmental issues across the country and been involved in dozens of legal cases and campaigns, including a variety of groundwater contamination issues, oil and natural gas pollution, fracking and pharmaceuticals. During her talk, Brockovich will share inspiring stories of how bringing people together to address environmental issues can have an impact.
The series began last month with Dolores Huerta in conversation with Luis Valdez. Two more lectures are scheduled after Brockovich’s presentation.
Climate scientist and author Michael E. Mann will address how people can move forward together on climate change March 9. Distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Pennsylvania State University, Mann is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed and edited publications, numerous op-eds and commentaries, and six books.
The series concludes April 6 with chef, restaurateur and humanitarian José Andrés. He will appear in conversation with Bay Area food personality Jesse Ziff Cool to discuss his work as founder of World Central Kitchen, which has helped feed people in need throughout the course of the pandemic. Andrés is a Michelin-starred, James Beard Award-winning Spanish-American chef, as well as the author of three cookbooks.
“We are thrilled to bring such a distinguished group of speakers to the Bay Area to share their insights on how we can make our interactions with the world more sustainable and more just,” said Walter T. Moore, president of POST, in a press release. “The important work done by each of them demonstrates ways we can learn to live in harmony with nature and one another. They also encourage us to take action to ensure our planet can continue to provide for future generations.”
Tickets are $30 for the entire series.
For tickets and more information, visit openspacetrust.org/lectures.