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.
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.
“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.
The Center for the Environment at Catawba College featured a presentation by urban designer David Walters Thursday, March 31, 2011 at the Center facility on the college campus. His topic was “Signposts to Surviving the 21st Century: Air Quality, Carbon Emissions and Community Design.”
Walters holds undergraduate and graduate degrees with honors in architecture and urban design from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He taught and practiced in England where he won national awards for housing and urban design. In 1983 he moved to the United States, teaching and practicing in Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma before joining the UNC-Charlotte faculty in 1990.
Author and architect Sarah Susanka brought her “Not So Big” philosophy to Catawba College’s campus and advised those members of her audience to “be the custodian of your own life.” “We are that channel by which God moves through this world,” Susanka explained, noting “those inner judgments [you make about yourself] undermine the truth of who God wants you to be.”
Energy leader Amory Lovins invited the nearly 700 people who attended his presentation at Catawba College to imagine a world where business leaders and the heads of governments have abandoned oil, coal and nuclear energy in favor of alternatives that cost less and work better.
More than 600 people attended a special presentation by the founder of Worldwatch Institute and current president of Earth Policy Institute. Lester Brown, called “one of the world’s most influential thinkers” by the Washington Post, spoke at Catawba College on “Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization,” based on his latest book. He noted that civilization is in trouble and called for reversing the trends that are undermining our future.
Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp and EDF staff member Miriam Horn delivered a rousing message of hope for the environment – and the economy – at Catawba College Thursday evening.
In the year and a half since the revised paperback version of their book, “Earth: The Sequel,” came out, Krupp told the 300 people gathered in Keppel Auditorium that the clean energy revolution – a multi-trillion-dollar market – predicted by their book is here and well under way.
“It's a revolution that has made our air cleaner,” he said, “and in doing so, it has made us healthier. It's a revolution that can create millions of American jobs. It's a revolution that can help free the country and lessen our dependence on imported oil.