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Engaging Sustainability Expert Speaks at MCC on Feb. 15

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Guy McPhersonBoth funny and enlightening, Dr. Guy McPherson offers his expert insights into the serious issues surrounding sustainability during a free lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. on the Muskegon Community College campus. 

“He’s a wealth of knowledge on many key environmental topics, from global warming to peak oil, and he’s an excellent instructor,” said Darlene DeHudy, the MCC Meijer Library and Information Technology Center reference librarian organizing McPherson’s talk in Collegiate Hall. 

The former professor of natural resources and environment at the University of Arizona will address “The Myth of Sustainability, the Importance of Durability, and a Method for Saving the Planet.” 

Practicing what he preaches, McPherson lives in an off-grid, straw-bale house. His sustainable lifestyle involves organic gardening and raising small animals for eggs and milk in rural Arizona. 

Academically, he has written 10 books and more than 100 articles. He has taught courses in sustainability, ecology, conservation biology, evolution, natural resource management, creative writing, and poetry writing workshops. 

The Idaho native fought wildfires to pay for his undergraduate degree in forestry. As an educator, he focused on environmental protection, social justice, and the human economy and their links to science and its application.  In his present talks, McPherson stresses the importance of action being taken by individuals and society as a whole in light of global climate change and energy. 

For more information, contact Darlene DeHudy at (231) 777-0268.