Center for Environment to Host Presentation on ‘Quality of Life at the Crossroads’


Tom Earnhardt, an attorney, former law professor, and past chairman of the board of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, will present “Quality of Life at the Crossroads” on Tuesday, March 24, at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus. 

Earnhardt is the producer/writer of the statewide UNC-TV series, "Exploring North Carolina," which highlights the natural resources of North Carolina and the Southeast.  An avid naturalist and advocate for the natural world, he has traveled and spoken on conservation matters in North America, the British Isles, Europe and Asia.

“No two factors in the 21st century will be more important in determining North Carolina's economic vitality than education and the environment,” Earnhardt says. His presentation will center on why education and the environment are inextricably bound and why quality of life for future generations is being determined now.

Earnhardt has received numerous awards for his work with natural resources, including the Governor’s Award as “North Carolina Conservationist of the Year” in 1994. For Earnhardt's work championing natural resources, he received the “Order of the Longleaf Pine” in 2011.  “Exploring North Carolina” has been nominated for Emmy Awards five times.

A graduate of Davidson College and UNC School of Law, Earnhardt is an attorney with experience in government, corporate and private practice. He was also a professor at North Carolina Central University School of Law where he taught Property, Business Associations and Environmental Law.

He has served on the boards of major conservation organizations, including The Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited, North Carolina Wildlife Federation, Audubon North Carolina and the Friends of North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. He currently serves as a member of the University-Museum Science Forum and as president of the North Carolina Botanical Garden Foundation at UNC-Chapel Hill. Earnhardt recently completed a natural history of North Carolina for the University of North Carolina Press titled Crossroads of the Natural World.

His presentation, scheduled for 6:30 p.m., is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, call 704.637.4727 or click below.

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