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Life Under Glass: Crucial Lessons in Planetary Stewardship by Abigail Alling, Mark Nelson & Sally Silverstone -

Tue, Jul 07



Life Under Glass: Crucial Lessons in Planetary Stewardship by Abigail Alling, Mark Nelson & Sally Silverstone -

A conversation with Biosphere 2 crew members Mark Nelson and Sally Silverstone, moderated by Deborah Snyder.

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Jul 07, 2020, 6:00 PM


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For two years, four men and four women lived and worked inside the structure, recycling their air, water, food, and wastes, and setting a world record for living in an isolated environment. In Life Under Glass crew members, Abigail Alling and Mark Nelson with co-captain Sally Silverstone present the full account of those two remarkable years. From the struggles of growing their own food, to learning how to help sustain their life-giving atmosphere, this is a rare glimpse into how a group of dedicated researchers managed to surprise the world and fulfill their dream. This second edition includes new material reflecting on the history and legacy of Biosphere 2 and the state of related scientific endeavors.

Biosphere 2 is featured in Spaceship Earth, acclaimed documentary film - watch the trailer here or find out how to watch the full film here

About the Authors:

Abigail Kingsley Alling co‐founded the non‐profit organization, Biosphere Foundation (BF), in 1991 while living inside Biosphere 2 and continues today as its President and Chief Executive Officer. At Biosphere 2 (1986‐1994), Abigail managed its research program and created & operated the largest artificial ecological marine system – a 1,000,000‐gallon mangrove marsh and coral reef.

Dr. Mark Nelson is a founding director of the Institute of Ecotechnics and has worked for several decades in closed ecological system research, ecological engineering, the restoration of damaged ecosystems, desert agriculture and orchardry, and wastewater recycling. He is Chairman and CEO of the Institute of Ecotechnics, a U.K. and U.S. non‐profit organization, which consults to several demonstration projects working in challenging biomes around the world as well as Vice Chairman of Global Ecotechnics Corp. and head of Wastewater Gardens International.

Sally Silverstone, born London, England. Her fascination with traditional cultures has taken her to East Africa, remote parts of India and Puerto Rico. In the 80s and 90s she directed a 1200 acre rainforest enrichment project in Puerto Rico. From 1987 – 1991 she joined Space Biospheres Ventures, the company designing and building Biosphere 2, and was responsible for the management and coordination of the architectural division operations, financial administration, and cost control for the project. In 1991 she joined the first team of eight researchers as co‐captain and food systems manager for the historic two‐year mission. She is currently CFO of the Biosphere Foundation based in Bali, and Coordinator for the Biosphere Foundation’s “Biosphere Stewardship Education Programs.”

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