David Seaborg

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David Seaborg (born 1949) is an evolutionary biologist, peace activist, author and leader in the environmental movement. He serves as director of the World Rainforest Fund, the Seaborg Open Space Fund, and the Greater Lafayette Open Space Fund (a conservancy raising money to purchase open space in the Lamorinda region).


Seaborg is the son of Helen L. Seaborg and Nobel Laureate Glenn T. Seaborg (who discovered plutonium among other accomplishments). He graduated from University of California, Davis, with a degree in zoology. He is listed is in Who’s Who In America. David Seaborg resides in Walnut Creek, California.[citation needed]

David Seaborg conceived, and helped secure passage by the Berkeley City Council, of an ordinance banning the use of old growth rainforest and redwood in all products used by the city of Berkeley. This ordinance also required all businesses contracting with Berkeley to stop using old growth rainforest and redwood in any products or services Berkeley hires them to use or perform, or in any product they sell the city. He is currently working with the Berkeley city council to secure passage of an ordinance banning the use of plastic bags in grocery stores, and plastic newspaper wrappers, in that city.[1]

He has written a book of poetry titled, Honor Thy Sowbug (2008).[2]

David Seaborg founded and heads the World Rainforest Fund, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to saving the earth’s tropical rainforests and biodiversity. He also founded and headed the Seaborg Open Space Fund, named in honor of his father, to raise money and awareness to save open space from development in central Contra Costa County. This fund raised $20,000 in less than a year to successfully help save Acalanes Ridge in Lafayette, California.

He wrote an article[which?] that is a summary of the scientific research on the effects of high atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide other than global warming.[citation needed]

In the 1990s and part of the first decade of this century[when?], he served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of the Club of Rome of the USA, the environmental think tank that published The Limits to Growth in the 1970s.[citation needed]

He was on the Board of Directors of the East Bay Chapter of the United Nations Association of the U. S. A. from 2006 to 2009. He gave the keynote address at their last annual meeting, and helped secure the passage of key resolutions on biodiversity and global warming and the Kyoto Protocol, at the local, state, and national levels of the UNA/ USA.[citation needed]


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