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Green Author Bill McKibben To Speak at Campus-Wide Earth Day Event

CONTACT:  Judith White or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate: April 4, 2002

Author and environmentalist Bill McKibben, whose first book was a groundbreaking account of global environmental issues, will be the keynote speaker at the third annual Earth Day celebration at Hudson Valley Community College. He will deliver the free public lecture at 2 p.m. on April 16 in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center at the college.

McKibben will speak about the environment as not only a practical challenge but a moral one, outlining steps toward reducing global warming and discussing other environmental problems. The author will be available for book-signing following his talk.

Hudson Valley's Earth Day Celebration is organized as part of the college's Environmental Studies program, and is presented by the departments of Biology, Chemistry and Physics to draw attention to both positive and negative impacts to planet Earth. Students in the college's Environmental Club have assisted in planning the celebration. Chair of the event is Dan Capuano, assistant professor of biology at Hudson Valley.

The campus-wide event begins at 10 a.m. and will feature several nature walks, including a bird walk at 10 a.m. led by Ray Perry of the New York State Office of Parks and Recreation.

Because the Earth Day Celebration coincides with "Take Your Child to Work Day" and with spring vacation for most area public schools, some events are planned for particularly for young children, including a workshop on building bluebird boxes and a bubble-making activity. Among the organizations participating will be the Nature Conservancy and the State Department of Environmental Conservation, which will exhibit alternative energy vehicles. A new hybrid Honda Civic automobile also will be displayed.

Currently a free-lance writer living in the Adirondacks, McKibben teaches at Middlebury College in Vermont. He was a staff writer for The New Yorker Magazine from 1982-87, and his work has appeared in periodicals and newspapers including Atlantic, New York Times, Natural History, Outside, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Audubon and others.

McKibben's first book, \"The End of Nature,\" was published in 1989 and was subsequently translated into 16 languages. Another of his books, \"The Age of Missing Information,\" examines mass media and environmental deterioration. More recently, McKibben has authored books on religion and nature including \"Hope, Human and Wild,\" an account of places around the world where he claims \"people live more lightly on the planet.\" His latest works include \"Maybe One,\" an argument for one-child families, and \"Long Distance,\" reflecting on his personal experiences while attempting to become a competitive nordic skier.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.