Earth Day events today feature talks on the impact of technology and the economy on a sustainable future, socially responsible investing, and extreme weather conditions caused by changes in the global climate. Key speakers include:
- E. William Colglazier, the science and technology advisor to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who will address “The Role of Science and Technology in Achieving a Prosperous and Sustainable Future for All People” – 2:20-3:45 pm, Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library.
- David O’Connor, chief of the policy and analysis branch in the division for sustainable development at the United Nations, will speak on “Towards Sustainable Development: Are Economy, Society and Environment an Impossible Trinity?” – 4:30-5:55 pm, Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library.
“The Hofstra community can expect great talks from both these experts about international issues that affect the environment, especially in light of the significant problems we are facing across the planet,” said Robert Brinkmann, director of sustainability studies in the department of geology, environment, and sustainability.
Other highlights include:
A panel of students and environmenal justice activists will discuss the impact of the 350.org movement, which claims that scientists say we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 400 parts per million to below 350 ppm in order to preserve a livable planet. 11:10 a.m. – 12:35 pm, Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library
A workshop on socially-responsible investing by financial specialist Ronald Blaylock, founder and managing partner of GenNx360 Capital Partners, who will share tips on how to divest in fossil fuels in favor of greener options. 12:45-2:10, Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library.
Burrell Montz, professor of geography, planning, and environment at East Carolina University, will discuss how changes in the Earth’s global climate system are creating a “new normal” increasingly characterized by extreme weather events such as storms and droughts, as well as an accelerating rise in sea level. 7:30-9 pm, The Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center, South Campus.
See the Center for Civic Engagement’s full schedule of Earth Day events, including an Open Air Festival tomorrow, April 23, on Calkins Quad from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., which features tie-dye shirt making, clothing drive, henna tattoos, fashion show, recycled art making, drum circle, live music, and more. All events are free and open to the public.