Thursday, April 11, 2013

UIS Earth Day presentation looks towards the future

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speakers Series presents “The Great Transition” featuring Bruce Hull, Ph.D. a senior fellow with the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability at Virginia Tech.

WHEN: Monday, April 22, 2013 (Earth Day) at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library

DETAILS: By 2050, a large, powerful, global middle class will reconfigure geopolitics, demanding unprecedented amounts of cars, sofas, electricity, and meat. The opportunity exists to end extreme poverty and malnutrition, but air pollution will likely kill 10 million people annually and extreme weather events will disrupt essential infrastructure and business supply chains.

Hull will share and examine powerful forces shaping our future, including important demographic, market, governance, and environmental transitions. He will focus on the opportunities and challenges these transitions create, as well as the roles you can play creating the future you want.

Hull writes and teaches about building capacity in organizations, communities, and leaders adapting to the 2050 transitions. He has authored and edited numerous publications, including two books, Infinite Nature and Restoring Nature, and advises various organizations working to construct sustainability in a globalizing and urbanizing world.

This event is co-sponsored by the UIS Campus Senate Committee on Sustainability.

For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speakers Series events and more information, visit All events are free and open to the public. A reception will follow the presentation.

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