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
|The Great Debate: Closing the Fire Island Breach?
Should the breach in Fire Island, created by Sandy and located within the Fire Island National Seashore, be closed or kept open? Will the new breach lead to further erosion and a more exposed population along the south shore to future hurricanes and winter nor'easters? The debate will touch upon these topics and more as both teams bring to light the finer points of their arguments.
|Meet Up at #IndyAtSBU "TweetUp": Renowned SBU Indy Prize Finalists Patricia Wright, Carl Safina and Russell Mittermeier
Join us for a "tweet-up" when we invite the Twitter-verse into our discussion with esteemed conservationists, Patricia Wright, Carl Safina, and Russell Mittermeier, as they share experiences, knowledge and activities that made them finalists for the prestigious Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation. All are welcome! Register at http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/features-tweetup.html
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