ASU’s Lee Hartwell: Humanity depends on STEM education

September 20, 2010

By hammersmith

Nobel laureate Lee Hartwell, chief scientist for the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, believes that science education is critical for the future of humanity. And he’s hopeful about what we can accomplish if we can become more scientifically literate:

As our society becomes increasingly dependent on its scientific legacy, it becomes more and more important that each new generation understands the role of science in our lives. […] he future of humankind depends upon implementing our science and technology in ways that can sustain a human population rapidly approaching 9 billion people on a planet that is already being exploited beyond its limits. As I become more informed about the challenges of providing clean water, adequate food, energy, health, biodiversity, education, employment and the other needs of people, I am actually hopeful that it is possible to support our population so that all people can have a rewarding life.

[Read more at the source: “The Future of Humankind Depends on Quality Science Education“]