We’re excited to host two incredible professors of environmental studies this fall. Join us as we learn about their policy-driven research, work to advance resource security, and advocacy for climate justice. Sign up for their sessions below!
Clash of Tempos: Making Sense of Ecological Balance Today for Tomorrow
Presentation with Professor Elizabeth Esekong Andrew-Essien, Department of Environmental Resource Management, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria
Ecological systems are regulated by a number of biological, physical, and chemical factors that act together to stabilize environmental processes. The stability of these processes has benefited humans for thousands of years. In recent decades, however, population growth and agricultural and urban development, along with high consumption and its attendant outcomes, have exerted unparalleled pressures on the environment to promote tilts towards ecological in-balances that favor humans to the detriment of the natural environment.
Adopting cleaner and safer energy alternatives as well as green technologies will sustain the integrity of the present world for future generations. In addition, the active restoration and maintenance of natural ecosystems must adopt eco-aggressive approaches that integrate local knowledge with modern scientific technologies. This will reduce negative environmental impacts and promote improvements in the sustainable use of resources for a better tomorrow.
Date: Thursday, September 30th
Time: 2pm ET/11am PT
About the Speaker
Elizabeth Esekong Andrew-Essien
Professor Andrew-Essien lectures in the Department of Environmental Resource Management at the University of Calabar in Nigeria. Her research interest is in environmental management with a focus on biodiversity conservation. Dr. Andrew-Essien is passionate about natural resource sustainability through advancing the ecological, social, and economic security of resource development through knowledge-based actions. Dr. Andrew-Essien is motivated by the drive to impact local knowledge for capacity-building as well as providing practical principles to enhance the integrity of the natural environment. Her professional teaching experience spans over 18 years, covering a range of topics including environmental challenges, resource management, and sustainability. Dr. Andrew-Essien has served in various capacities to pioneer extensive academic and policy-relevant research in the field of natural resource governance and sustainability at local and international levels.
Indigenous Peoples and Climate Justice
Presentation with Professor Kyle Whyte, Willis Pack Professor of Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan
Indigenous peoples are among the populations in the U.S. who are calling for climate equity and justice and the transition to renewable energy. Major policy initiatives adopted by the White House are seeking to mobilize research to support Indigenous energy goals. Dr. Whyte’s presentation covers Indigenous peoples’ action to address climate justice.
Date: Tuesday, October 12th
Time: 1pm ET/10am PT
About the Speaker
As a George Willis Pack Professor of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, Kyle Whyte covers a range of environmental topics with students and in his research. Professor Whyte is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, working diligently to lift the experiences and perspectives of Indigenous peoples in discussions of climate policy and food sovereignty. Additionally, his work explores the ethics of cooperative relationships between science organizations and Indigenous communities and he has had publications appear in journals such as Climatic Change, Weather, Climate & Society, WIREs Climate Change, Environment & Planning E, Daedalus, Synthese, and Sustainability Science.
Professor Whyte currently serves on the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council, the Management Committee of the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition, and the Board of Directors of the Pesticide Action Network North America.