Environmental Activist Emily Hunter to Give Public Lecture at College

by Diane VanDyke

Emily Hunter

Emily Hunter

Emily Hunter, an environmental advocacy journalist from Canada, will discuss worldwide environmental concerns and the important role of today’s eco-activists when she visits Montgomery County Community College on Monday, Feb. 25, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. A simulcast of the presentation will be shown at the West Campus in the South Hall Community Room, 101 College Drive, Pottstown.

The community is invited to attend this free presentation.  For information, call 215-641-6518 or visit www.mc3.edu. Following the presentation, a book signing will be held from 1:30-2 p.m. in the Science Center lobby in Blue Bell.

As the daughter of the late Robert Hunter, the first president of Greenpeace, and Bobbi Hunter, the first woman to save a whale by blocking a harpoon, Emily embraces the fight to protect the environment and works tirelessly for reform, seeking to inspire today’s young adults and encourage a new generation of eco-warriors.

During the past eight years, she hosted and co-produced four TV documentaries as part of MTV News Canada’s Impact series and was a former eco-blogger for This Magazine. In 2011, she published her first book, The Next Eco-Warriors, which provides an inside view of frontline environmental youth activism.

Hunter’s passion to protect the environmental has taken her around the globe from the seas of Antarctica to help the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society prevent illegal whale hunting to the Borneo rainforest to protest the deforestation and destruction of the oldest rainforest in the world. In Canada, she coordinated a Day of Action with 350.org for climate justice.

Most recently, Hunter visits and speaks at college campuses in the United States and Canada to generate awareness and motivate the next generation of eco-leaders or what she refers to as “activism 2.0.”

As part of this recruitment effort, Hunter plans to create a new documentary film featuring the eco-revolution of this second generation of activists. The film will feature economic and social justice, as well as environmental reforms.

Hunter’s presentation on Feb. 25 is part of the ongoing Richard K. Bennett Distinguished Lectureship for Peace and Social Justice series, which was established at the College in 1981 with a grant from the William Penn Foundation. The lectureship reflects the ideals of Bennett, a Quaker who devoted his life work to accomplishing peace and justice through non-violent efforts.

The presentation also underscores MCCC’s sustainability efforts and pledge to become carbon neurtal by 2050 as part of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. To learn more about the College’s sustinability initiative, visit its Think Green blog at mc3green.wordpress.com.

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