Earthstock 2014: April 21–25
This week-long, campus-wide event, is free and open to the public. Environmental organizations, participants with an earth-friendly message, and local schools will celebrate on the Academic Mall, Friday, April 25 (Rain Location: Student Activities Center).Stony Brook University is at the vanguard of the sustainability movement. Our commitment to a green future is evident everywhere on our 1,400 acres: from reducing our carbon footprint, to advocating recycling and using recycled materials whenever possible, to promoting alternatively fueled transportation. Take the Green Pledge!
Earthstock Program Highlights
|Keynote Speaker: Robert Howarth
David R. Atkinson Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University
Shale gas is widely promoted as a bridge fuel that allows society to continue to rely on fossil fuels while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, when emissions of methane as well as carbon dioxide are considered, shale gas has perhaps the largest greenhouse gas footprint of any fossil fuel. Without large reductions in emissions of both methane and carbon dioxide, the average temperature of the Earth will reach 1.5°C to 2°C above the 20th Century baseline within the next few decades, creating a risk of runaway feedbacks in the climate system leading to even more rapid warming and climate disruption. Given this risk, we simply must wean ourselves of all fossil fuels, but particularly shale gas, as quickly as possible. Building a future for the 21st Century that instead relies on wind, solar, and water power is not only possible, but cost effective now using existing commercially available technologies.
Friday April 25, 2014, Wang Center Theater, 7:30 pm
2013 Program Highlights
|Film & Discussion: Dear Governor Cuomo
On a rainy night in May of 2012 a coalition of musicians, scientists and activists gathered in Albany on the governor’s front doorstep, calling for a ban on hydraulic-fracturing. The film–a unique blend of The Last Waltz and An Inconvenient Truth–was written and directed by Jon Bowermaster and filmed under the direction of Academy Award winning doc-maker Alex Gibney.
|Earthstock Environmental Student Research Exhibition
Undergraduate and graduate student research in the sciences, social sciences and humanities as they relate to issue related to the environment, energy conservation, engineering and sustainability will be featured in a poster session preceding the Keynote Lecture.
|Keynote Speaker: Wallace S. Broecker
Between 1990 and 2010, annual CO2 emissions rose from 20 to 30 gigatons. Considering the new discoveries of oil and gas, we are unlikely to run short of fossil fuels for many decades to come. To stop the rise we must cut annual emissions to 4 gigatons. Hence, we are gliding into a CO2 trap. So what might we do? To find out you will have to attend the lecture!
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