As our society races down the superhighway of consumption and natural resource use, we seem oblivious to road-side historical markers and flashing “climate change” lights. It is time to make a right turn at the exit marked grateful stewardship and voluntary simplicity (central tenets of Native American culture) to the less traveled way and a verdant, hopeful future.
Professor Paul K. Barten will discuss environmental change and sustainability. Drawing upon his scientific and natural resource management training, many years of professional experience, and an abiding concern for the future, Dr. Barten will discuss what he sees as the greatest conservation and sustainability challenge of our day: confusion and complacency about climate change.
Professor Barten has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Environmental Conservation at UMass Amherst since 1997. His research interests and teaching portfolio include: forest and wetland hydrology, sustainable forest management, environmental history, and Native American and Indigenous studies.