LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas has invited a prominent environmental researcher and author to make a presentation as part of 2013 Earth Day activities on campus. David Orr will present “Finding the Political Will to Reverse Climate Change” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the KU Memorial Union.
Orr will discuss the urgency of acknowledging the trend of record-breaking temperatures and extensive drought with insights into the nature of humanity at the end of the cheap carbon age. He will also be talking about the opportunity we have to restructure our relationship with the Earth and each other.
“I hope those working to transition Lawrence will join in the evening and beyond to create a working blueprint for the vision of a carbon neutral Lawrence,” said Kelly Kindscher, KU professor of environmental studies.
Orr’s talk will give constructive ideas on how to get communities involved in building resiliency and political will. He will discuss details of the Oberlin project, which involved people from diverse perspectives finding common vision and the will to put that vision into action, a project he leads as executive director. Many Lawrence resident are working for better bicycle transportation, an increase in local farmers coupled with comprehensive local food systems, alternative energy generation, increased energy conservation, and ways to feed and provide a safety net for those hit by environmental disasters.
Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and senior adviser to the president, Oberlin College. He is the author of seven books and has produced nearly 200 articles, reviews, book chapters and professional publications. Recent projects include a two-year, $1.2 million collaborative project to define a 100-days climate action plan for the Obama administration. Orr is active in efforts to stop mountaintop removal in Appalachia and develop a new economy based on ecological restoration and wind energy.
The event is sponsored by KU Environs, KU Environmental Studies Program, KU Student Senate, the School of Architecture, Design and Planning, the IGERT program and the KU Center for Sustainability.