Bill McKibben, known as one of America’s leading environmentalists will be the keynote speaker for the Iowa Environmental Council Conference on October 15.
McKibben’s first book, The End of Nature, published initially in 1989 is still considered a groundbreaking work in environmental studies.
His most recent book, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, will be the basis for his keynote address on October 15, in Des Moines. The unique spelling of earth isn’t a typo, McKibben says, people of changed earth so much that it needs a new name.
“New planets require new habits,” writes McKibben. “Business as usual cannot be sustained.”
Joining McKibben at thel conference will be Joan Iverson Nassauer, Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Michigan, and James A. Merchant of the University of Iowa College of Public Health.
Nassauer will be speaking on Revisioning the Cornbelt, and Merchant will speak about air quality in rural Iowa.
The conference will be held at 9:00 a.m. at the Scottish Rite Consistory in downtown Des Moines.
Also, at 7:00 p.m. on October 13, McKibben will be giving a free lecture, “Creating a Sustainable World,”at Englert Theater in Iowa City. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and seating will be first-come, first-serve. He will stay to sign books afterward.
McKibben’s appearance is sponsored by the University of Iowa Office of Sustainability in partnership with the UI Lecture Committee.