Upcoming Events

11/07/16 (Monday)

Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich, best known for her involvement in one of the largest direct action lawsuits in U.S. history, will speak November 7 at 7pm at Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C. Her topic will be “Community Power: How We Can All Make a Difference in Creating a Healthier Planet."

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11/17/16 (Thursday)

“Coal Ash Cleanup: An Opportunity for Environmental Sustainability and Stewardship” will be the topic for a presentation Thursday, November 17, at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College. The speaker, Dr. John Daniels, chairs the National Ash Management Advisory Board for Duke Energy. He is a professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UNC Charlotte.

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Past Events

10/20/16 (Thursday)

Prize-winning American biologist Dr. Paul Ehrlich, best known for his warnings about the consequences of population growth and limited resources, will join Dr. Pete Myers, founder and CEO of Environmental Health Sciences, for a presentation on October 20 at 7pm at Catawba College. The event is hosted by the Center for the Environment.

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10/17/16 (Monday)

The Center for the Environment at Catawba College will show the movie Erin Brockovich starring Julia Roberts on Monday, October 17, in advance of Brockovich’s presentation at the college in November.

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09/29/16 (Thursday)

Dianna Cohen, co-founder of Plastic Pollution Coalition, will speak at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College September 29 on “Plastic Pollution: Its Impacts on Our Health and the Health of our Planet and What You Can Do.” Plastic Pollution Coalition is a global alliance of individuals, organizations, businesses and policymakers working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impact on humans, animals, the ocean and the environment.

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09/01/16 (Thursday)

The red wolf is “the world’s most endangered canid (member of the dog family),” according to Christian Hunt, program associate for Defenders of Wildlife’s Southeast region. No more than 60 wild red wolves are left, and they are all living in a small holdout in North Carolina. Hunt will speak on efforts to recover the red wolf in the state on Thursday, September 1, at 6:30 at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus.

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Videos of Past Events

Dr. Cindy DeForest Hauser: Air Pollution In Our Backyards

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The results of last summer’s Piedmont Carolina air monitoring study were the focus of a presentation at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus. The study was a joint venture of Davidson College’s Dr. Cindy Hauser and the Center for the Environment.

Recent research confirms that the ozone levels in your backyard are comparable to those around interstates and businesses.

The Center for the Environment's summer air monitoring program, conducted in partnership with Davidson College, showed ozone levels to be fairly consistent in residential areas of seven Piedmont counties. “We know we have high ozone levels in counties where the North Carolina Division of Air Quality has monitors,” says Dr. John Wear, Center director. “But we wanted to know if the levels are also high in the counties that presently have no monitors.

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Doc Hendley Speaks at Catawba
Dr. John Wear & Dr. John Coonrod

John Coonrod: Eradicating World Hunger

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Dr. John Coonrod, executive vice president of The Hunger Project, encouraged the 70-plus people gathered at the Center for the Environment facility November 15 to “sustain their enthusiasm” in working to eradicate hunger and other problems in the world today.

“It is really easy in this world and in this media environment that we live in to get depressed,” he said, “but I tell you, the world can't afford for you to do that. We really need to keep ourselves up for this.”

Coonrod said it's easier for him to stay optimistic because he gets to travel all over the world and see what is being done to better humanity. “History is being made,” he said. “Hundreds of millions of people are moving out of poverty. Women who have been denied their rights for generations are finding their voices and standing up ...”

In some 35,000 villages around the globe, Coonrod said The Hunger Project staff and trained volunteers carry out the organization's mission – the sustainable end of world hunger – using three strategies: “mobilization for self-reliance; empowering women; and partnering with local government.”

The women in these impoverished villages, he said, “day by day solve more problems than I probably have to face in my lifetime ... ” Yet, Coonrod said they have a sense of powerlessness, hopelessness and a pattern of waiting to be rescued that's deeply ingrained in them.

“So the first step has to be the awakening of people to the possibility of taking charge of their own lives,” he said.

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