‘Take 5 for the Environment’ coming in February

“Take 5” is a series of lectures/discussions about the health of the environment sponsored by six area conservation groups. The events will take place on Sundays from Feb. 5 to March 5, 1-3 p.m., at Highland Community College West on U.S. Route 20 just west of downtown Elizabeth. They are free and open to the public. There will be complimentary refreshments.

The series is planned to be thought-provoking and inspiring. While some despair over the ongoing degradation of the environment, there are also reasons for optimism. All the speakers have similar ideas about the seriousness of the current situation, but they also believe we can make a difference and become agents for change.

Feb. 12—The Northwest Illinois Audubon Society will present Kamyar Enshayan, director of The Local Food Project at the Center for Energy and Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He will speak about “Living Within Our Means Energy-wise.” According to Enshayan: “As we teeter at the peak of global oil supply, there are many claims of renewable energy solutions. From the ‘bio-economy’ to the ‘hydrogen economy,’ ordinary citizens are offered energy silver bullets.” He will outline key considerations that will help us think through our situation.

Feb. 19—The League of Women Voters will present Eric Urman, a representative of the Wisconsin Sierra Club, who will speak about mercury emissions and the danger this toxic form of pollution poses to our health, especially the health of pregnant women and their children. Toxic levels of mercury have been discovered in populations across the globe including the Inuit in the Arctic Circle.

Feb. 26—The Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation and the Natural Land Institute will present Jon Stravers of the Audubon’s Upper Mississippi.

From the Feb. 8-14, 2006, issue

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