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By Alaura Carter
Although the audience for the Repower America presentation was small, roughly 22 people, the message of climate change was bigger. The slideshow titled, “Clarifying the Science,” was presented by Repower America Nov. 17, in the FAMU School of Journalism & Graphic Communication.
Invited by student leaders from neighboring universities, Florida A&M and Florida State, Repower America was launched in 2008 by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. Parent non-profit organization Alliance for Climate Protection launched the Repower America campaign to focus on energy efficiency; clean, renewable and diversified energy sources, according to its website, repoweramerica.org. Repower America focuses on both grassroots and lobbying efforts for climate change. They also organize presentations by The Climate Project, a grassroots organization that falls under the Alliance for Climate Protection.
“It is the actual presentation made by Al Gore…just condensed,” said Adrian Brunori, the Repower America presenter.
The presentation has been presented more than 70,000 times worldwide and has reached an audience of more than 7.3 million people. 
Event coordinator Vincent Evans, a FAMU senior political science/pre-law student from Jacksonville, Fla., said the presentation is a step toward FAMU’s commitment to educate students about environmental issues.
“Tonight’s climate project presentation will give students a front row seat to the global climate change we are facing. I can’t think of a better time to bring Repower America here to the campus of Florida A&M University,” Evans said.
Brunori captivated the audience with an in-depth slide show of the causes and effects of climate change.“Clarifying the Science,” revealed graphic pictures of natural disasters throughout the world, along with charts illustrating projections surrounding the issue of climate change.
Population growth, technology and our way of thinking are the three main causes of climate change, according to the presentation. Issues of water scarcity, deforestation and carbon dioxide levels are projected to be the effects. Refraining from the use of the phrase “global warming,” Brunori said debate still exists among scientists around the issue of climate change. However, the focus should be shifted from whether the earth is dying or not, to solutions such as clean energy and sustainability.
One student said the power point was a grip of reality ready to be released.
“The part that resonates in my mind is the graph that shows what the projected carbon dioxide levels will be during our life time," said Nari Tomlinson, a senior public relations student from Miramar, Fla. “The presentation really changed my outlook on life in the sense that now I realize that even though I am one person, I have an impact on climate crisis.”
When asked why some businesses refrain from using new sources of energy such as solar power, Brunori said that some businesses are just stuck in their ways and don’t realize the reduction of costs with newer sustainable technologies.  
“It’s not that technology is bad…we just need to find sustainable ways,” Brunori said. “It needs to become the normal thing, not the weird thing.”
Brunori said Repower America would like to work with FAMU/FSU again and host community forums.
For more information about Repower America, go to repoweramerica.org.
 
 
Picture provided by The Famuan, Florida A&M University school newspaper
Location: FAMU's School of Journalism & Graphic Communication

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College of Law to Host Inaugural Environmental Law and Justice Symposium

Press Release:
Orlando, Fla. Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law and the FAMU Center for Environmental Equity and Justice will host its inaugural Environmental Law and Justice Symposium titled "New Directions in Environmental Justice" on Thursday and Friday, November 11-12, at the Sheraton Orlando Downtown and the FAMU College of Law campus. The symposium will feature an overview of the latest international, national, regional, state and local developments in environmental justice.

Thursday’s session at the Sheraton Orlando Downtown at 400 West Livingston Street will feature remarks by Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming, Esq., Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 administrator. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday’s keynote speakers at the College of Law located at 201 Beggs Avenue include: Beverly Wright, founder and director of Deep South Center for Environmental Justice in New Orleans; Quentin Pair, Esq., U.S. Department of Justice; and Prof. Maxine Burkett, University of Hawaii School of Law. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

We are pleased to host an event of this caliber that will not only boast nationally renowned experts in the environmental justice field, but also will focus attention on novel approaches to the environmental issues affecting our neighborhoods and our world," said FAMU College of Law Dean LeRoy Pernell.

Other notable speakers and panelists include: Prof. Deepa Badrinarayana, Chapman Law School; J. Mijin Cha, director of Campaign Research, Urban Agenda, NY; Carlos Evans, Esq., EPA Headquarters, Washington DC; Michael Goldstein, Akerman Senterfitt, Miami; Prof. Carmen Gonzalez, Seattle University School of Law; FAMU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Cynthia Hughes Harris; Kim Jones, Esq., EPA Region 4, Atlanta, Ga.; Marva King, EPA Office of Air and Radiation; Jacki Lopez, Esq., Center for Biological Diversity, San
Francisco, Calif.; Prof. Catherine O’Neill, Seattle University School of Law; Cynthia Peurifoy, EPA Region 4, Atlanta; and Raul Soto, EPA Headquarters, Washington DC.

"In addition to an impressive lineup of distinguished featured speakers, the panelists and moderators for the symposium also are leaders in the environmental law and justice field from government, academia, private practice and nonprofit organizations," said Randall Abate, FAMU associate professor of law and event coordinator. "Attendees can anticipate the symposium to address domestic and international dimensions of this timely topic, including the human and environmental impacts of the Gulf oil spill."
The symposium will also feature an Environmental Justice Listening Session to provide an opportunity for EPA representatives to hear from local environmental justice stakeholders. Also the Lake Apopka Memorial Quilt will be on display by the Farmworkers Association of Florida.
The cost is $50 for general attendees seeking CLE credit; $35 for FAMU alumni and members of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section (ELULS) of the Florida Bar; $25 for the general public not seeking CLE credit; and $10 for general students. FAMU faculty, staff and students may attend at no charge; however, Rattler ID information must be provided on the registration form. Eligible attendees will receive 7.0 Florida Bar CLE Credit hours and 3.5 State/Federal Government Administrative Practice Certification.

For additional information or to register, please visit the FAMU College of Law webpage at the following link: http://law.famu.edu/go.cfm/do/Page.View/pid/198. Additional inquiries should be directed to FAMU College of Law Associate Professor Randall Abate at randall.abate@famu.edu.
 
 

Those aren't rocks you see in the picture above! It's the BP Oil Spill aftermath! Dead fish, eel and crabs blanket the Gulf of Mexico. According to NDJ World News, environmental expert Ed Overton said deaths were caused by a lack of oxygen in the water as oil covered the surface.

With news like this, it’s no surprise that companies are considering to partner with organizations and universities such as Florida A&M to help with the Gulf restoration.

FAMU has received $497,663 for the project, "An Environmental Education Program for Expanding Conservation and Stewardship of the Gulf of Mexico." Drs. Katherine Milla and Sunil Pancholy from FAMU's Center for Water and Air Quality are leading the project.

Those who participate will help reach underrepresented communities by developing promotional items produced by Florida A&M to increase awareness about Gulf issues.

“A major goal of the project is to increase citizen awareness of the value of natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico and its coastal regions, and to promote conservation and restoration of the waters of the Gulf,” Milla said.

Read more at TheFamuanonline.com:
http://www.thefamuanonline.com/news/environmental-education-program-for-expanding-conservation-and-stewardship-of-the-gulf-of-mexico-1.2380368 

Press release:
http://www.famu.edu/cesta/main/index.cfm/news-headlines/famu-receives-497663-to-promote-gulf-conservation-and-restoration/

For more information about the project, contact:
Dr. Troy Pierce at pierce.troy@epa.gov; (228) 688-3658; or, visit http://www.epa.gov/gmpo.

Dr. Katherine MillaDr. Sunil Pancholy
Dr. Katherine Milla   Dr. Sunil Pancholy

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Picture Credits: NDJ World News and FAMU.edu