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The City of Knowledge Foundation launches Ecological Illiteracy, knowledge in times of crisis

Within the framework of the 8th Panama International Book Fair, and as part of its cultural program, the City of Knowledge Foundation launched the posthumous work of Dr. Rodrigo Tarté: Ecological Illiteracy, knowledge in times of crisis, on August 22.

The event featured a panel of commentators made up ​​by Dr. Oris Sanjur, Smithsonian biologist; Juan Moreno, economist; Dr. Rodrigo Noriega, lawyer; and Prof. Jorge Arosemena, Executive Director of the City of Knowledge Foundation, as moderator; in addition to the words of Engineer Andres Tarté, editor of the book, who spoke on behalf of the Tarté family.

Ecological Illiteracy addresses the new challenges facing humanity at the manifest crisis of world civilization, and the need to evolve to systemic thinking and sustainable development as basic premises to ensure the life of species in the planet and the coexistence between humans and the natural world.

About the author

A specialist in horticulture and phytopathology, Dr. Rodrigo Tarté (1936 – 2011) carried out ​​depth studies of global reference on the implementation of research and teaching strategies to promote sustainable development and integrated management of natural resources.

He created the Regional Cooperative Network for Education and Research in Agriculture and Renewable Natural Resources (REDCA); directed, between 1984 and 1992, the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE); and was the main driver of the initiative of Panama for the Johannesburg Summit, South Africa, to create and organize the International Center for Sustainable Development (CIDES). Since 2001 he served as Academic and Sustainable Development Director at the City of Knowledge Foundation.

His works are a synthesis of a life dedicated to building a better world based on proposals for a dialogue between man and nature. Among his most notable works are PICNIC WITH ANTS, ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT, FROM STRATEGY TO ACTION and ECOLOGICAL ILLITERACY.

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