"Ideas are more powerful than guns."
The first ever TEDxRichmond was held in the spring of this year in downtown Richmond, Indiana's Innovation Center. Attendees at that event were primarily local business people. In contrast, Earlham College's TEDxRichmond, held this November, was attended almost entirely by Earlham students, employees, alumni & yours truly. Earlham has been working steadily towards greater sustainability and environmental awareness for some time. As early as 2005, the college has adopted an Environmental Plan and has been recognized by the National Wildlife Federation report for its work. I was excited about Earlham's chosen theme, "Sustainability: A Mantra for a Greener Tomorrow", a subject that was not covered in the first TEDx in March.
Bill Hewitt urged students to eliminate meat from their diets and barraged the audience from the beginning with gloomy environmental headlines. Kevin McCurdy, a local architect pursuing sustainable building design, urged that sustainability must be made beautiful if it is to catch on and become more valued by society. Janice Tran shared a formula for successful world change: educate, inspire, unite. Douglas Bell shared a frustrating story of wind turbines & bird conservation to remind students to consider the deeper effects of sustainable solutions on biodiversity, which may not be easy but is nevertheless extremely important. (Dear Douglas, please research bird friendly wind turbines (which do exist), as your problem seems to be a design issue more than a site or placement issue!)
|Esperanza Garcia (Photography Credit: Earlham College The Word Publication Source)|
I have often been glad to live in a city with so many opportunities provided by our colleges. Our local universities have made many events welcome to the public, and I would like to see more people take advantage of those offerings.
It's my hope to see more of Earlham's sustainable influence extend locally in our hometown.
|Earlham College Sustainability Office Site|
Let's work towards a greener tomorrow for us all locally and globally!
"What's your mantra?"
the Local Gal
Wanna know more about Earlham's TEDx speakers? Visit: the Official Event Site
Read more by Esperanza Garcia on blogger and her article on the Huffington Post.
Also, please consider donating $10 to the nonprofit, Bundles of Joy to encourage the people affected by Haiyan.
Richmond, Indiana: A Mantra for a Greener Tomorrow
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Kudos again to the planning committee for Earlham's TEDxRichmond event. Their event was a success! Kudos also to Jay Roberts for sharing the powerful opening quote. Indeed!