Earth 2100 Conference Draws Young Environmentalists

Posted: July 16, 2013 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: July 19, 2013 at 7:10 am

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By Beth Pullias

1425964_old_willow_treesIn the next few decades, will we look back and wish we had lived our lives differently to protect and preserve the Earth? Recycle more? Use public transportation or ride our bikes more?

On Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28, George Mason University’s College of Science and Our Task Inc. will co-host the second annual Earth 2100 conference on the Fairfax Campus. High school students to recent college graduates who are passionate about the environment are encouraged to attend the conference.

Participants will have opportunities to explore global environmental issues, draft a plan for their future and mobilize and spread their message worldwide. They will also be able to network with each other and representatives from United Nations Environmental Programme, Global Footprint Network, Earth Policy Institute, Worldwatch Institute and Millennium Institute.

George Mason will have three of its very own speaking during the conference.  Thomas Lovejoy, professor of environmental science and policy, will give opening remarks.

“The Earth 2100 conference will be a good fit with the university’s strong interest and leadership in sustainability, along with Mason’s role in the Washington Youth Conference on the Environment,” says Lovejoy. “More than anything, what I hope the participants will learn from the conference is that they really can make a difference and discover some effective ways to do so.”

Other Mason speakers are Sylvia Vitazkova, assistant professor of integrative studies (conservation), who will discuss nature and spirituality on a panel called  “What Will Sustainability Look Like?” on July 27; and Tyler Orton, project innovation coordinator in the Office of Sustainability, who will speak at “How I Got Involved!” on July 28.

“It is very important to get young people in the driver’s seat in tackling environmental issues — their creativity and energy drive the process,” says Vitazkova.

Registration is open until July 26. A full schedule of events is available online.

Write to Beth Pullias at bpullias@gmu.edu

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