Environmental activist to speak at Binghamton University
Author, film-maker and environmental activist Chad Kister will give a presentation on “Arctic Melting” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 7, in room 110 of the Engineering building, located on the Binghamton University campus. Kister’s discussion, which is free and open to the public, will focus on climate change and its effect on native Alaskan people and wildlife populations who depend on the land for survival, as well as his quest to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
In his presentation, Kister will discuss melting arctic glaciers, shrinking pack ice and the growing body of open water forming over the North Pole. Kister will also highlight the plight of Native Americans living along the Arctic Ocean and Bering Strait, who have watched their villages crumble into the sea. The discussion will consider solutions and alternatives to these problems, and include topics such as the reduction and elimination of greenhouse gas emissions.
Kister, the author of several books including Arctic Melting, has given over 1,000 multi-media presentations in 35 states throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as Europe and Japan. He also produced the film Caribou People and embarked on a 700-mile journey by foot and raft to protect one of the last truly “wild places,” the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
The presentation is sponsored by the Environmental Studies program, the Binghamton University Scholars, the Student Environmental Action Coalition at Binghamton University, the Susquehanna Group and the Sierra Club.
For more information on the Alaska Melting Presentation, contact Peter Knuepfer at (607) 777-2389 or Sarah Reding at (315) 730-8415.