Thursday, October 7, 2021
A Message from Wendy Givoglu, Interim President, East and Winter Park Campuses
Professor of Earth Science James Adamski will present at Valencia College’s Sustainability Conference: People + Planet + Prosperity. The virtual conference will take place from Tuesday, October 12 through Thursday, October 14, 2021, and will offer exciting opportunities to learn about how you can help with local and global environmental issues.
Sessions and panel discussions will include representatives from our partners at the University of Central Florida, the City of Orlando, Orange County and several local environmental organizations. The conference is a great way to find your passion and connect with people and organizations throughout Central Florida. To learn more about the conference, click here.
Climate change is arguably the biggest issue that our global society faces. The changing climate is already having far reaching impacts on everything from food production to human health to national security. Extreme weather events, such as the drought in the western United States and the catastrophic wind and rainfall of Hurricane Ida, continue to worsen as the world warms. As a social justice issue, climate change is having a disproportionate impact on low-income and marginalized people around the world. Sadly, these same people have contributed least to our climate crisis.
There is hope on the horizon. Sustainability is the idea that our society can live within our means while still providing opportunities for current and future generations. Many at Valencia are working hard to make our campuses and communities more sustainable.
Valencia’s Office of Sustainability and the Sustainability Leadership Team have worked to shrink our institution’s carbon footprint, reduce energy consumption, increase building and AC efficiency, plant trees and create wildlife habitat. The Office of Sustainability also provides learning and volunteer opportunities for students, staff and faculty.
James, who is president of Friends of the Wekiva River (FOWR), a local environmental organization celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, added, “The springs and rivers are ecological jewels of Central Florida. FOWR will be hosting numerous events to celebrate its anniversary. These events, which will include float trips, butterfly hikes and a mountain bike tour, are all open to the general public. Please consider joining us on one of these outings. Find out more how you can help the springs and river. We can stop climate change, protect our local environment and help alleviate suffering around the world. But it will take all of us to care and do our part, no matter how small. I hope you have a chance to attend the Sustainability Conference, participate in one of the events hosted by FOWR or find another way to take part to ensure that future generations have a healthy and sustainable world. Remember, ‘We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.’”
One of the events hosted by FOWR will be a butterfly walk, scheduled for this Sunday, October 10, 2021, at 10 a.m. at Wekiva State Park. Reservations are required via email at FriendsWekivaRiver@gmail.com, or by calling 407-788-2619.