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Thursday, March 22 News

'Future of Planet Earth' on Hobbs' mind

G. Warfield "Skip" Hobbs, a geologist and conservationist, will deliver an Earth Day lecture, "The Future of Planet Earth," Wednesday, April 23, at 7 p.m. in the New Canaan Library's Adrian Lamb Room.

Earth Day is an international event celebrated annually on April 22 since it was established in 1970.

Hobbs will discuss how the Earth's biosphere is transforming, the importance of sustainability in natural resource extraction, climate change and the human factor and how people can handle and mitigate these changes.

In his work toward raising environmental awareness Hobbs has delivered this lecture to several local community groups, and will deliver the talk at the Yale School of Forestry in April.

Hobbs is founder and managing partner of Ammonite Resources, a firm of international petroleum and mining geotechnical and business consultants headquartered in New Canaan. He is also the president of Ammonite Corp., which originates domestic and international petroleum exploration opportunities.

Hobbs has a bachelor's degree in geology from Yale College, and holds a master's degree in petroleum geology from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London. Prior to forming the Ammonite Corp. in 1980 and Ammonite Resources in 1982, he worked internationally as an exploration geologist.

As president and past president of the American Geological Institute, Hobbs was a member of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents in Washington, D.C., from 2009 to 2012. Since 2000, he has been a trustee of the New Canaan Nature Center, and is the president of the board of trustees.

He writes and lectures extensively on energy economics and policy.

He also manages a family farm in Massachusetts that produces heritage grass-fed beef, organic vegetables, honey, maple syrup and timber.

To register or for information, visit newcanaanlibrary.org or call 203-594-5003.