Doane to host symposium on climate change and the environment

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The Institute for Human and Planetary Health (IHPH) at Doane University is thrilled to announce its inaugural annual symposium, "Building Resilience in the Anthropocene." Bringing together experts in the fields of agriculture, economics, and anthropology, the event will focus on how to build personal and community resilience around food, energy, water, and economics in the face of anthropogenic climate change.

The 2018 IHPH Symposium will take place September 14-15, 2018 at Cassel Open Air Theatre on Doane’s Crete campus. With featured talks on sustainable farming, electric vehicles, and community involvement, the event promotes changes at both individual and institutional levels that help create resilient, healthy communities.

Speakers include:

  • Wallace J. Nichols, author of Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do.
  • Michael Bomford, faculty member in the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, whose work focuses on organic and sustainable agriculture systems suitable for adoption by small farms operating with limited resources.
  • HP Singh, a local expert in the economics and potential for electric vehicles to work with utilities to manage excess electricity developed from renewable energy.
  • Aubrey Streit-Krug, Director of Ecosphere Studies at The Land Institute, whose mission, in part, is to seek to develop an agriculture that will save soil from being lost or poisoned, while promoting prosperous and enduring communities.
  • Tom Lenz, a fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine with a Master of Science in Anthropology, who will focus on the need for medical anthropologists in healthcare.
  • Shannon Bartelt-Hunt, Dr. Bartelt-Hunt is a professor of engineering at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. She was drawn to engineering because of her interest in the environment and the prospect of using her math and science skills to improve it. Her research at in the College of Engineering looks at contaminants released in water and soil and how they affect human and environmental health.

The symposium will seek participation from university faculty and undergraduates in Nebraska and surrounding states, as well as experts and leaders from organizations and groups dedicated to food, energy, and water resilience.

“The impacts of climate change are no longer a distant threat,” said Dr. Amanda McKinney, Executive Director of the Institute for Human and Planetary Health. “Like all species, we will need to adapt to meet the challenges of a growing population, the inevitable decline of the fossil fuel era and climate change. This symposium offers the opportunity to hear from leaders offering solutions in healthcare, agriculture and the economics of energy that can lead us down the path toward a resilient future.”

Guests at the symposium will also have the opportunity to participate in a permaculture workshop the afternoon of Saturday, September 15.

If you are interested in volunteering, sponsoring, or getting involved, please email IHPH@doane.edu to learn more.

To celebrate its inaugural symposium, The Institute for Human and Planetary Health is giving away a free conference pass. To enter, click here. See terms and conditions.

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