Global Conversations on MHC’s Campus

Organizations around the world are preparing for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, set to take place in Rio de Janeiro next June. In the buildup to this conference, the Miller Worley Center for the Environment is bringing the global conversation to campus with the International Environmental Governance series.

S. Jacob Scherr (top right), director of Global Strategy and Advocacy for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), will launch the series with “The Race to Rio+20: Making the June 2012 Earth Summit a Success” on Thursday, October 6 at 4:30 pm in Kendade Hall, room 305, sponsored by the Miller Worley Center and the Roosevelt Institute at MHC.

Scherr, based in Washington, D.C., oversees international activities throughout the NRDC. Since 1976, he has served in a number of positions in the organization and has worked extensively on a broad range of international environmental issues.

International environmental governance expert James Gustave Speth will provide the centerpiece of the series when he delivers the Miller Worley Environmental Leadership Lecture Thursday, November 10 at 7:30 pm in Gamble Auditorium.

Speth is recognized as one of the founding leaders of the environmental movement in the United States. He is the cofounder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, a former chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality under President Jimmy Carter, and founder of the World Resources Institute. In 2010, he joined the faculty of Vermont Law School. He is the author of The Bridge at the Edge of the World and Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment.

“As members of an increasingly global community, we need first to formulate the right questions about how to solve our environmental problems and then pursue the solutions in a coordinated and energetic fashion,” says Tim Farnham, the Leslie and Sarah Miller Director of the Miller Worley Center. “This is a discussion that students should not just be part of, but should lead. It is, after all, their environmental future and environmental legacy we are planning.”

Next summer’s UN conference will mark the twentieth anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro and the tenth anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.