UNION – Andrew Revkin, author and prize-winning environmental reporter for The New York Times, will be the featured speaker for the third installment of Kean University’s Issues ’09 series. His presentation, “9 Billion People + 1 Planet = ?”, will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 12:30 p.m. in Wilkins Theatre, located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union. The event is free and open to the public.
“As human aspirations bump up against the realities of life on a finite planet, a generation is waking up to the need for a revolution in how we think, act and plan for the future,” said Revkin. “The process is kind of like the juncture facing an individual moving from adolescence to adulthood.”
An expert on environmental issues, Revkin has covered topics ranging from the assault on the Amazon to the Asian tsunami, from the troubled relationship of science and politics to climate change at the North Pole. Throughout his career, he has focused relentlessly on the century-scale challenge of providing energy for a growing human population without overloading the atmosphere with greenhouse gases. His reporting on the political struggles over climate policy has consistently led all competitors.
Revkin has authored more than 500 magazine and newspaper stories, three books and a prize-winning Discovery-Times documentary, Arctic Rush. He is a pioneer in multimedia journalism, blogging, podcasting, and still and video imagery for stories from far-flung places.
His blog, Dot Earth (www.nytimes.com/dotearth), engages the public in a discussion of strategies for balancing human activity with the planet’s limited resources. Revkin has taught in graduate programs at Columbia University and Bard College.
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