Thursday, January 31, 2013

Saving Ourselves from Extinction, One Lecture at a Time

Want to learn how to save the human race from extinction?Join in on the discussion about sustainability with a series of lectures organized by the Honors Program here at Vol State.

Dr. George Pimentel, Director of the Honors Program, said sustainability is a hot topic. . He asked the question: “Can we continue to do business as usual?”

So, what is sustainability? It's being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently.
Paris Powers, Associate Professor of Chemistry, will give the first lecture of the honors lectures series this semester. He says he will speak from a scientific and historic perspective, comparing and contrasting things that threaten to cause human extinction.

“The bottom line is how do we continue to exist as people in a global society and keep our living level the way it is and exist on this planet as a species with all the other living millions of animals and plants on this planet without using up all the nonrenewable resources on the planet?” asked Parris Powers.

“Americans are a very consuming people,” said Powers. “If everyone in the world consumed like we did, it would be like having 50 billion people on the planet.”

Many people are concerned about what they call greed and consumerism across the world and especially here in America. They believe that individuals should work on finding a way to coexist without the over consumption of natural resources.
“There has to be a balance,” said Pimentel.
The lecture series is open to the public and the first lecture will be 12:30 p.m. Monday, February 4, 2013 in Caudill 102.
More lectures in the series include:

March 25 - Michael Lenz - "Challenging the politics of progress" And toward a philosophical vision of sustainability"

April 8 - Justin McKinney - "Desperate Housewives or Hippie Treehuggers - Who were the first enviromentalist"  

April 22 - Keith Bell -  "Mother Water"

For more information regarding the Honors Program click here.

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