By Eric Santiago
Stony Brook University is leading the fight to protect the environment with Earthstock, a week-long campus event that showcases the university’s commitment to the sustainability movement.
Throughout the week, Stony Brook will host panels, debates and events that highlight the dangers facing today’s ecological world. The goal is help create a green future. It’s a cause that Stony Brook has long championed.
Here’s what’s coming up this week:
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
“Elephants, Wolves, and Killer Whales – Oh My!”
World-renowned conservationist Dr. Carl Safina will be on-hand at the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library in Setauket at 7:30 p.m. The Stony Brook Professor will be displaying his famous wildlife photographs, many of which were published in The Huffington Post and The New York Times. The author of six books and hundreds of published articles, Safina has dedicated his life to preserving the environment.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Sustainability Studies Alumni Career Panel
The Stony Brook Sustainability Studies Department will be hosting an alumni panel to discuss the career opportunities in this ever-changing field. The discussion will be located in the Wang Center at 1 p.m.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
The Great Debate: Closing the Fire Island Beach?
The Fire Island breach was hammered during super storm Sandy, and repairing the damage will not be cheap. But the issue is about more just than paying a bill. Tackling the issue are two debate teams who will be moderated by Stony Brook Journalism Professor Jim Klurfeld. The debate will be held in Humanities 1006 at 4 p.m.
Friday, April 25, 2014
The Earthstock Festival
Earthstock’s main event will be at the Academic Mall beginning at 10 a.m. Throughout the day will be a series of green-themed adventures including an Eco-Scavenger Hunt, Green Graffiti Art Installation, Sustain-a-Thon Relay Race and even an Ice Cream Social.
Keynote Lecture: Robert Howarth
This year’s keynote lecturer will be Robert Howarth, an earth systems scientist and ecosystem biologist. A professor at Cornell University, Howarth will be presenting his “Shale Gas: The Wrong Energy Choice for the 21st Century” lecture. Shale Gas is a highly controversial energy source that’s derived from drilling deep into shale deposits. The results can often have devastating impacts on the environment. These are the types of debates Earthstock is trying to call attention to.
Earthstock is capstone of the Spring semester and a fun time for everyone involved. Check out the full list of events.
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