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Past Events

03/01/17 (Wednesday)

An official from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) will speak on “The Wild Side of Education” at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College on Wednesday, March 1. Julian Keniry, senior director of NWF’s EcoLeaders and Higher Education, notes that her purpose is “to make education for a biologically diverse and joyful planet a top priority in the United States and beyond.” With the National Wildlife Federation and partners, she spearheaded numerous programs, including Campus Ecology, the Greenforce Initiative and EcoLeaders. She also co-sponsored a national youth clean energy partnership and campaign for 20 million global sustainability citizens.

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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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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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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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Videos of Past Events

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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Dave Foreman Speaks at Catawba
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Dave Foreman: Rewilding

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“Overpopulation, Mass Extinction and Rewilding” was the topic of a presentation by the founder of the Wildlands Project Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus.

Renowned wilderness conservationist Dave Foreman delivered a passionate message at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus Tuesday evening for humans to help save wild habitants and habitats.

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