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Moving People, Produce, and Policy (Veranstaltung in englischer Sprache)

25. Oktober 2013, 16:3018:00

From a distance, it may seem as if the United States is not moving forward with regard to sustainable practices.  However, a closer look at actions being taken at the state and local levels gives a much different picture.  Exciting changes are taking place, not just in coastal cities like New York and Seattle, which are known to be progressive, but also in the more conservative Midwest.  From the farm-to-school movement and school gardens to trails as commuter corridors and “urban cable,” citizens, NGOs, schools, and local officials are taking action to combat climate change and make their communities more healthy and livable.

So what is driving these changes?  There are several major trends in the United States today:  frustration with elected officials in Congress, including the continuing debate over the veracity of science; a desire to live “closer to the land;” and the influence of young people.  These trends are coming together in a way that is transforming the United States, community by community.


Referent: Shari L. Wilson, Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE)

Shari is an ecologist and environmental educator. She currently works for the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE) as statewide partnerships and planning director. She is in charge of strategic planning, the annual Kansas Environmental Education Conference, and numerous grant projects as well as KACEE’s new Kansas Green Schools Program. Shari also serves as vice-chair of the Kansas Wildlife & Parks Commission and on the boards of the Kansas Humanities Council and Kansas Historical Society. She was the recipient of the Conservation Achievements Program’s Educator of the Year Award for 2009, given by the Kansas Wildlife Federation.

Over the years, she has roamed much of the world as a fellow, conference speaker, and traveler. Visiting more than 25 countries in Europe, South Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and East Asia has resulted in a tremendous impact on her outlook on the world and issues in the United States.

Shari L. Wilson grew up in Claflin, Kansas, a small town located on the Central Flyway and next to Cheyenne Bottoms, a Wetland of International Importance. Shari now lives in the Muncie area of Kansas City, Kansas, with her husband, Chris Steineger, a former state senator from Kansas. These interactions, between urban and rural Kansans, Kansas and the rest of the United States, and the U.S. and the rest of the world, provide plenty of fodder for her writing.


Kommentator: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult Donald Worster, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society

Donald Worster has been active in environmental history since the early 1970s, both in the United States and other parts of the world. In 1971, he completed his PhD at Yale University, where he studied the history of ecology, environmental literature, intellectual history, and the history of the American West. He now holds the position of Hall Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of Kansas, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1989. His students have included many of the rising generation of leaders in the field; they have come from China, Latin America, and several countries in Europe, as well as North America. Formerly the president of the American Society for Environmental History, Worster has served on a number of editorial boards, and, for more than two decades, has been founding editor for the Environment and History book series published by Cambridge University Press. He is an elected member of the Society of American Historians and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Worster’s books include Nature’s Economy: A History of Ecological Ideas; Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s; Rivers of Empire: Water, Aridity, and the Growth of the American West; A River Running West: The Life of John Wesley Powell; A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir; along with several books of collected essays, including The Wealth of Nature: Environmental History and the Ecological Imagination. His current research focuses on two projects: Darwinian and post-Darwinian science and the concept of adaptation as theoretical bases for environmental history, and the twin, competing themes of natural abundance and scarcity in American and modern world history.



25. Oktober 2013

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