With erratic weather conditions across the world, the topic of climate change and sustainable living is more relevant than ever. Students are the next generation to inherit the challenge. How can we integrate topics related to sustainability into higher education? Faculty and staff from across disciplines, who teach and/or research interdisciplinary campus sustainability issues ranging from carbon emissions, sustainability education, food systems, planning, community connections, waste reduction, and many others will gather in Bellingham, WA on Feb, 6-7 to share ideas and to network.
Students who are interested in furthering sustainability at
their home campus, including student leaders, researchers, activists,
peer educators, club members, and others will also meet up at the student summit.
SMU students, staff and faculty will travel to Western Washington University, the host of the 2014 Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WAHESC) to join the conversation and to explore ways to advance campus sustainability.
Early Warming , Nancy Lord, is the keynote speaker. The following description is from the WAHESC program "Lord reports from her home base, Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, where the wetlands are shrinking and large-scale modifications in both fresh water and marine conditions threaten the salmon-dependent economy; from Canada's Mackenzie River Valley and Fort Yukon, Alaska, where industrial development endangers the boreal forest, unlocking a massive carbon storehouse; from Barter Island, on the frozen Beaufort Sea, where thawing permafrost and diminished sea ice expose a vulnerable coastline and where 'climate change tourism' now dominates the economy; from Shishmaref Island, where the Inupiaq have already voted to relocate because of erosion and flooding; and from Bethel, Alaska, where village elders near the Bering Sea gather to advise fishery managers and to consider the effects of ocean acidification, "climate change's evil twin." In each of these hot spots, residents already cope with climate-induced changes likely to reach the rest of us later. They're already making hard choices about land and water use, fire prevention and species conservation, as well as about combating climate change while still respecting traditional cultures. Amid an unprecedented challenge, the remote north, writes Lord, is a 'proving ground,' set to reveal either "how creative and responsible humans can be," or how feckless."List of all speakers.
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