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Bethlehem, Pa., April 13, 2011--Earth matters at Moravian. To promote sustainability and celebrate Earth Day on campus, the College will host a series of green events throughout April, culminating with a free public presentation, "Reconciling the Science and Economics of Climate Change," by Eban Goodstein, director of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium in the Haupert Union Building.
Goodstein directs two national educational initiatives on global warming and has coordinated climate education events at over 2500 colleges, universities, high schools, and other institutions across the country. Goodstein is the author of several books and numerous articles. His research has been featured in The New York Times, Scientific American, Time, Chemical and Engineering News, The Economist, USA Today, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. The lecture is sponsored the Moravian College environmental studies and sciences program (through a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation) and the Moravian Department of Economics.
"He's a very dynamic and motivational speaker," said Sonia Aziz, assistant professor of economics and a member of the Moravian Sustainability Committee. "He believes it is possible to change the world through large-scale actions on a policy level, and he will motivate you to believe the same." Aziz participated in a teach-in conducted by Goodstein last year at the Bard Center. The Earth Matters events series is sponsored by the Moravian College Sustainability Committee and Environmental Coalition (ECO).
Led by president Gina Seier '13, ECO (formerly the Environmental Coalition) has taken an active role in planning Earth Matters events this year. "Yes, we want to address recycling and waste issues," said Caiti Campbell, "but we also want to organize programs that get people thinking about the bigger picture and realize that sustainability isn't just about the environment. To live as an environmentally responsible person doesn't mean sacrificing. It means living in a way that's good for you, your community, your wallet, and your environment."
Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing any type accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should contact Kathi Roman at Katro@moravian.edu or 610 625-7880.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College's Web site at www.moravian.edu.