‘Have We Reached the End of the Amazon?’

Recipient of a 2012 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award. One of eight colleges across the country to receive an "A" on the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card.

Oct. 14, 2008

Mark London to speak on October 28 at Luther College

Mark London, a Washington D.C. trial lawyer, will give the lecture “Have We Reached the End of the Amazon?” on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life.

London’s presentation is a part of the 2008-09 Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture Series, “Going Green: Sustaining a Just and Healthy Society.”

The program is open to the public with no charge for admission. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture in the Center for Faith and Life main lobby.

London’s lecture introduces himself and his books “Amazon,” published in 1983 and “The Last Forest,” published in 2007. His lecture compares the state of the Amazon rainforest during those years, noting trends in the Amazon over the last 25 years.

He will also discuss the severity of the rainforest’s depletion, the importance of the Amazon to the national economy of Brazil and the ethical issues involved. He brings to the table the conflict between, and discusses potential solutions regarding, development and preservation.

London received the bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and earned a law degree from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

He is a practicing trial lawyer for the firm London & Mead in Washington, D.C. In addition to his books about the Amazon rainforest, he co-authored “The Four Little Dragons” in 1989, a book that focuses on the rise of Asian economies at the end of the 20th century.

Upcoming lectures in the “Going Green” Texts and Issues Lecture Series include Majora Carter, presenting “Greening Our Cities: Health and Environmental Justice in the South Bronx,” Tuesday, Feb. 10; and Jim Martin-Schramm, presenting “The Power to Change: U.S. Energy Policy and Global Warming” Tuesday, Mar. 3.