April 20, 2014
U.S. military officials refer to climate change as a “threat multiplier” that takes issues like terrorism that would pose a threat to national security and exacerbates the damage they can cause. A 2014 Department of Defense report identifies climate change as the root of government instability that leads to widespread migration, damages infrastructure and leads to the spread of disease. “These gaps in governance can create an avenue for extremist ideologies and conditions that foster terrorism,” the report says.
The parallels between the situation described in the government report and the situation on the ground in Syria are striking. The worst drought on record in the Middle Eastern country has created instability for farmers and threatened the food supply. At the same time, the government has struggled to hold on to power across the country in the face of militant groups and millions of Syrians have fled their homeland.More from Time Magazine here.
Inspired by new scientific studies of the human body as a metabiome, Dr. Dupuis reimagines the American body politic through a new metaphor — digestion — opening social transformations to ideas of mixing, fermentation, and collaboration. In doing so, she explores how social activists can rethink politics as inclusive processes that involve the inherently risky mixing of cultures, standpoints, and ideas.Purchase Dangerous Digestion at Amazon. Peconic Bay: Four Centuries of History on Long Island's North and South Forks Marilyn E. Weigold, PhD Professor of history, University Historian, and assistant chair of the Department of Economics, History and Political Science
Peconic Bay has a rich sense of place built over the course of centuries. There is surprising depth to its history and Marilyn’s telling of it . . . while also performing the historian’s duty to link that history to the present day. She sees an America imprinted by its past and challenged by its future, and a people still wondering, “whether humans can live in peace and harmony with the natural environment and . . . with our fellow human beings on a global level.” From the Introduction by John Cronin.Purchase Peconic Bay at Amazon.
The Gen En Campaign is about the pillars of our energy future. Launched by Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies it will spend the year examining energy as know it today -- and how to make our lives simpler, our travels swifter, and our technology smarter.
We are Gen En. We focus on energy because it is both our challenge and our opportunity; environment because real-world solutions take into account sustainability and well-being; entrepreneurship because we cannot create an energy future with an antiquated portfolio engagement because powering the future necessitates a global community of citizens taking part.
Pace Academy’s FoodYou Campaign is about the way that our choices, as individuals and as a society, intersect with the environment. During this 2013-2014 awareness initiative, we will examine some of the many pieces that are set in motion by what we put on our plates. Through events and partnerships, the campaign will broaden the Pace community’s understanding of our global food system. We’ll be talking about the FoodYou engineer, grow, kill, need, take, waste, trade, and share. Watch for updates about the developing campaign here.
As part of Pace Academy's 007 Campaign, 120 Pace University students and faculty marched a mile with buckets of water on their heads, in solidarity with those in the developing world who must retrieve water for their families through difficult circumstances.For the students’ efforts, $5,000 was donated to Engineers Without Borders to create a community water well in Tanzania. More about the 007 campaign . . .