Speakers Will Address Population, Justice, Environment at Hartwick

October 26, 2009

Hartwick College will host the next stop in a national tour highlighting local and global ecological issues. The event, which is sponsored nationally by the Sierra Club and the Izaak Walton League will feature author Laurie Mazur, as well as Otsego County Conservation Association Executive Erik Miller. It will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 29 in the Celebration Room of Shineman Chapel House on the Hartwick campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The book tour includes interactive workshops, panel presentations, and trainings on the connections among population growth, sexual and reproductive health and rights, environmental protection and global justice issues. It highlights a new book edited by Mazur and published by Island Press, A Pivotal Moment: Population, Justice and the Environmental Challenge. Events expose participants to population-environment challenges from a justice lens: the history of the issue, what is at stake, and the solutions.

Mazur has worked for many years as an independent writer and consultant, specializing in population, environment, reproductive health, and foreign assistance issues. Her clients have included Island Press, the Environmental Grantmakers Association, the Pew Global Stewardship Initiative, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Rockefeller Family Fund, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Ford Foundation. She is the editor of Beyond the Numbers: A Reader on Population, Consumption and the Environment (Island Press, 1994) a contributed volume that explored and articulated the Cairo consensus.

Miller holds a B. S. degree in geography from the SUNY-Oneonta with a dual concentration in Urban and Regional Planning and Geographic Information Systems. He began his position as Director of Education and Planning at the Otsego County Conservation Association in January, 2006. Prior to that, he worked at the New York State Department of State as a land-use training specialist. In this capacity, he was ultimately responsible for providing statewide land-use technical assistance.

The event is co-sponsored by Hartwick College’s Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies and the Grassroots Environmental Club. For additional information, contact Institute Director Brian Hagenbuch at 607-431-4518 or

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