Earth Week Speaker: David W. Orr, ‘Democracy in a Hotter Time’

Orr will discuss strategies to address challenges faced by democratic systems as they move toward a more sustainable society.  Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. in McKinnon Hall

David W. Orr is an internationally recognized leader in the field of sustainability and environmental education. He is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies & Politics, Emeritus of Oberlin College and served as “Counselor to the President” of Oberlin College for 10 years.

Orr is the author of eight books, including “Dangerous Years: Climate Change and the Long Emergency” and “Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse,” and co-editor of three others. He has authored over 220 articles, reviews, book chapters and professional publications. In the past 25 years, Orr has served as a board member or advisor to 10 foundations and on the boards of many organizations including the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Aldo Leopold Foundation. He is currently directing a project on “The State of American Democracy”.

Orr will outline the challenges faced by the sustainability movement and democratic systems, strategies to address them and the importance of a thriving democracy to moving toward a more sustainable society.

Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, Center for Environmental Studies, Council on Civic Engagement, Elon Core Curriculum, Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement and Political Science and Policy Studies