In my Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy class, I plan to do research for a policy paper on aquaculture and genetically-modified organisms. [Read more…]
Thursday, April 1
7:00pm, C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union
Sustainability and the Global Food Crisis
with Dr. Vandana Shiva
Biodiversity and Conservation Activist, Dr. Vandana Shiva, will deliver a public lecture entitled “Sustainability and the Global Food Crisis” at 7:00pm on April 1, 2010.
Dr. Vandana Shiva, 1993 recipient of the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the “Alternative Nobel Peace Prize”), can be described as an eco-feminist and environmental activist. Hailing from the Dehradun Valley of India, the daughter of a forest conservator and farmer, Vandana Shiva grew up with a love and appreciation for nature and a particular interest in the protection of her own backyard—the foothills of the Himalayas.
A trained physicist (Ph.D. Physics, University of Western Ontario), Dr. Shiva shifted her focus from Quantum Theory to an interdisciplinary study of the intersection of science, technology and the environment, and has been a leader in the conservation movement since the 1970s. In 1991, she founded a national movement to protect India’s biodiversity and promote organic farming and fair trade.
She has authored several books, including Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace and Manifestos on the Future of Food and Seed. Much of her recent work deals with the economic and environmental influence of agricultural practices on developing countries. Dr. Shiva currently serves on a variety of councils and committees that deal with issues of food, the environment, and social justice.
Dr. Shiva’s lecture will be followed by a short Q&A and book signing. Copies of “Stolen Harvest” and “Soil Not Oil” will be available for purchase.
Sponsored by the Dean Rusk International Studies Program, the Office of Sustainability, the Economics Department, and the Public Lectures Committee.
This growing farm to school movement is supported by eight regional lead agencies that comprise the National Farm to School Network, which offers training and technical assistance, information services, networking, and support in policy and media and marketing activities. We are here to help you get started and to keep the programs growing.
Reporter Ken Maguire from Global Post just wrote an article on a new ecotourism project in Ghana.
Fishing villages, wildlife officials and American researchers in Ghana have joined forces on an eco-tourism project that protects endangered turtles, creates jobs and gives visitors a chance to see one of the world’s most intriguing reptiles.
China recently announced that it attends to figure out exactly how much water it has and how much it needs, according to the Wall Street Journal.
China’s water supplies are meager and dwindling, threatened by waste, pollution and chronic drought. Global warming is blamed for shrinking the big Tibetan glaciers that feed most of China’s main rivers. All this is happening just as China’s wealth is increasing demand for more water – for irrigating food, propelling hydropower, and manufacturing of all types.
Water is crucial, and with demographic and climactic changes, access to water is increasingly becoming a major source of conflict. In the past decade, whether between regions of states (as in Eastern vs. Western Washington), between states (Alabama and Georgia, South and North Carolina), or between nations, the scarcity of water has made what was once a taken-for-granted, renewable resource into a commodity that must be planned for. Our recent drought and increase in local water bills here in the Charlotte metropolitan area is part of this growing concern.
Read the short WSJ report on China’s survey of water.