This fall, we were thrilled to host professors in the fields of environmental sustainability and resource management. In addition, we hosted the final Page Turners book club meeting of the year. Check out speaker bios and presentation details below!
Presentation with Professor Elizabeth Esekong Andrew-Essien, Department of Environmental Resource Management, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria
Ecological systems are regulated by a number of biological, physical, and chemical factors that act together to stabilize environmental processes. The stability of these processes has benefited humans for thousands of years. In recent decades, however, population growth and agricultural and urban development, along with high consumption and its attendant outcomes, have exerted unparalleled pressures on the environment to promote tilts towards ecological in-balances that favor humans to the detriment of the natural environment.
Adopting cleaner and safer energy alternatives as well as green technologies will sustain the integrity of the present world for future generations. In addition, the active restoration and maintenance of natural ecosystems must adopt eco-aggressive approaches that integrate local knowledge with modern scientific technologies. This will reduce negative environmental impacts and promote improvements in the sustainable use of resources for a better tomorrow.
Indigenous Peoples and Climate Justice
Presentation with Professor Kyle Whyte, Willis Pack Professor of Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan
Indigenous peoples are among the populations in the U.S. who are calling for climate equity and justice and the transition to renewable energy. Major policy initiatives adopted by the White House are seeking to mobilize research to support Indigenous energy goals. Dr. Whyte’s presentation covers Indigenous peoples’ action to address climate justice.
The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet by Michael E. Mann
A renowned climate scientist shows how fossil fuel companies have waged a thirty-year campaign to deflect blame and responsibility and delay action on climate change, and offers a battle plan for how we can save the planet.