Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services
EARTH-FRIENDLY EVENTS AT QUEENS COLLEGE APRIL 16-19 -Wind Turbines, Solar Panels, Electric Cars, Documentary and Lecture Presentations
INSPIRE THE COMMUNITY TO “THINK GLOBAL, ACT LOCAL”
Will Help Illustrate the Possibilities for Energy Conservation-
FLUSHING, NY, April 5, 2007—Multiple forms of nonpolluting energy—wind, solar, and human—will be demonstrated in a four-day series of events, “The Queens College Climate Change Initiative: People, Prosperity, and the Planet.” A preamble to Earth Day, April 22, the initiative begins with a fair that will include interactive exhibits, hybrid cars, and environmentally inspired work by Queens College art students. Other events include a screening of the acclaimed 2006 documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? and lectures. These events, which are all free and open to the public, are sponsored by the Queens College Environmental Club and the Queens College Climate Change Alliance.
Says Queens College Environmental Club president Naisa Thaker, “We are living in an increasingly globalized world where our day-to-day actions affect not only our immediate surroundings but also people and ecosystems thousands of miles away. If students come to these events and walk away learning just one thing that they can do to effect positive change, or being introduced to an eco-friendly product that they can buy to make a difference, then we’ve done our job right.”
“Earth Fair”: Monday, April 16, 11 am – 2 pm, Queens College Quad
(Alternate location in case of rain: The North Patio Room, Dining Hall)
Featuring environmental organizations, environmentally friendly businesses, and educational and interactive exhibitions, as well as speakers and musical guests. Exhibits include: Solar panels and wind turbines, computers that can calculate carbon footprints, hybrid cars from local dealerships and earth activism-inspired works by Queens College art students.
Film: Tuesday, April 17, Noon - 3 pm, Queens College Student Union, Room 301
Presentation of the acclaimed documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? Followed by a student and faculty-led panel discussion. Lunch will be served.
Wednesday, April 18, Noon - 2 pm, Queens College Student Union, 4th Floor
“The Impact of Oil Exploration on Human Rights,” by Omoyele Sowore, a Nigerian human rights activist who has been tortured and imprisoned because of his work.
Thursday, April 19, Noon – 2 pm, Queens College Student Union Corner Bistro
“The Impact of Global Warming on Health, Water and Biodiversity,” by Lorna Salzman, a Long Island-based environmental advocate, writer, lecturer, and organizer for over 35 years.
“Climate Change, Social Activism, and Global Peace,” by Father Paul Mayer, a religious leader who has worked with Japanese atom bomb survivors; Pastors for Peace, and joined in reconciliation efforts between Israelis and Palestinians.
Upcoming lectures from June 2 – September 1
Governor’s Island, New York City
“Stabilizing the Climate in the 21st-Century: A CUNY Science Lecture Series and Exhibition.” For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together with “Focus the Nation,” a year-long collaborative, interdisciplinary project involving faculty and students at over a thousand colleges, universities, and high schools throughout the nation, the Queens College Environmental Club and the Queens College Climate Change Alliance address the issue of climate stabilization in the 21st century. By sponsoring interactive, educational programs to help develop awareness of local and global environmental issues and actively participating in nationwide campaigns like “Focus the Nation,” they demonstrate their commitment to the adage “Think Global, Act Local.”
For more information on these events, email the Queens College Environmental Club at QCEC@qc.cuny.edu. For directions to Queens College, visit http://www.qc.cuny.edu/about/directions.php