Two days of FREE lectures, panels, and events exploring environmental justice open to the public
BROOKLYN, NY– Kingsborough Community College’s 2-day Eco-Festival: Environmental Justice for All opens on Thursday, May 12 at 10:15am with a keynote address in the Lighthouse (formerly the MAC Rotunda) by Jacqueline Patterson, director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. In a talk titled “Transformational Eco-Justice: Weaving the Tapestry of a World in Harmony That Affirms ALL Rights,” Patterson will address how communities, making decisions based on principles of sustainability and human rights and well-being, can live harmony with each other and the earth. Free to the public, the 2-day Eco-Festival includes talks by climate experts, including Kingsborough faculty; student demonstrations; panel discussions; and films. The campus is located at 2001 Oriental Boulevard, in Brooklyn’s Manhattan Beach neighborhood.
Attendees to this year’s Eco-Festival, which will examine issues of environmental justice, can learn about the college’s oyster farming project, Urban Farm, and water testing results. Also on the program are talks on the impact of animal agriculture; local marine species; and the effects of seismic testing; a screening of Naomi Klein’s documentary, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate; and an exhibition of student science and art posters.
The annual festival culminates on Friday, May 13 with a horseshoe crab survey and clean-up of Rockaway Beach. For more information and the full schedule, please visit www.kbcc.cuny.edu/eco-festival.
About Kingsborough Community College
Kingsborough Community College is dedicated to promoting student learning and development as well as strengthening and serving its diverse community. Kingsborough annually serves approximately 15,000 full- and part-time students in credit and non-credit bearing courses in liberal arts and career education. As one of the City University of New York’s seven community colleges – the only one in Brooklyn – Kingsborough provides a high-quality education through associate degree programs that prepare students for transfer to senior colleges or entry into professional careers.
CONTACT: JoAnne Meyers / JoAnne.Meyers@kbcc.cuny.edu / 718-368-5169