In his current position, Dr. Baker works with forestry programs in developing countries. Among his numerous positions and activities, he was scientific advisor on Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth, and he is a co-founder of The Oceanographic Society. The author of Planet Earth: The View from Space, he has contributed to numerous scientific publications. Dr. Baker holds a B.S. in physics from Stanford University, a Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University, and several honorary degrees.
The Embankment Preservation Coalition and Jersey City Parks Coalition organized the talk.The Embankment Coalition has worked since 1998 to raise environmental awareness in Jersey City, specifically through its advocacy for the energy-saving preservation and sustainable reuse of the historic Harsimus Branch Embankment and through related rail-trail initiatives.The Parks Coalition, the umbrella organization for neighborhood parks groups, is embarking on a five-year tree-planting program. Through this talk, the two organizations hope to raise awareness of climate change and inspire more local initiatives to mitigate its effects.
New Jersey University School of Business hosted the presentation. Many nonprofit organizations, including the East Coast Greenway Alliance, Farms in the Heights, Friends of Liberty State Park, Friends of Van Vorst Park, Frogs Are Green, Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association, Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy, NY/NJ Baykeeper, Pershing Field Garden Friends, and Riverview Neighborhood Association, were contributors. Goldman Sachs is the Jersey City Parks Coalition City of Trees 2016 Education and Engagement Sponsor.