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Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Memorial Lecture

Steve Curwood
Steve Curwood, Executive Producer and host of NPR's "Living on Earth"


The environment wasn't always top of mind for Steve Curwood. Growing up during the Civil Rights Movement, he remembers thinking, "Let the white guys march for the environment." One little voice changed all that, his son's. They were chatting on Earth Day in 1990, and the little boy insisted that it was the most important issue of the day. With that, Curwood changed his tune.

"Of all the issues Americans marched about in 1970, only the environment has gotten worse. Population has almost doubled since the first Earth Day. Species are going extinct faster and faster. Open space and wilderness are disappearing. Evidence is mounting that pollution not only causes cancer but a host of other disorders, including asthma, heart attacks, immune system breakdowns, reproductive problems, and even criminal behavior," Curwood said on "Living on Earth."

On September 30, the National Public Radio journalist and host of "Living on Earth," brings that message to UMD, presenting "Taking Action: Facing the Challenge of Global Climate Change." This Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Memorial Lecture takes place at 7 pm in Bohannon 90, 1207 Ordean Court, and is free and open to the public.

“Curwood brings a unique perspective to the discussion of climate change because, like many of us, his concern for our environment developed later than his attention to other issues that seemed more relevant to his life,” explains Cindy Christian, director of the Alworth Institute. “Once he recognized its importance, he dedicated his professional life as a journalist and an educator to raising awareness about the centrality of the environment to our lives.”

Curwood's began at NPR in 1979, as a reporter and host of "Weekend All Things Considered." He has also worked as a print and television journalist and is the recipient of a shared Pulitzer Prize for Public Service as part of the Boston Globe's education team.

The lecture is supported by the Office of Sustainability and the Environment and Sustainability Program.

More information here.


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