NCTC to host community event on Climate Change

by NCTC Public Relations | Sep 10, 2015 <p> </p>

On September 17, North Central Texas College's Josey Institute of Agroecology will sponsor a community dialogue on climate change in Room 412 of the Ruth Schlaudroff Science Building on the NCTC Gainesville campus.

ledbetter&amp;bellows webA special student forum will be hosted at 4 p.m., followed by a community forum at 7. The free event is open to the public. The format will be a nonpartisan, interactive approach enabling community members to engage the key issues of long-term global climate conditions.

The program will be facilitated by Dr. Lisa Bellows, NCTC science professor and director of the Josey Institute of Agroecology, along with Dr. Pat Ledbetter, NCTC history and humanities professor. Dr. Bellows, an expert in habitat regeneration and sustainable agriculture, has worked with such organizations as the Dixon Water Foundation and the Thomsen Foundation, and has conducted research with the Noble Foundation on soil health.

"People are naturally attuned to short-term thoughts and actions, while global climate conditions require long-term strategies," Bellows said. "Education from a local to global perspective is imperative to ensuring sustainability."

Dr. Ledbetter adds, "Lisa and I have worked together before on issues that integrate science and the humanities. This program will provide an opportunity to engage the community on some of the most pressing issues of our times from these multiple perspectives."

Special guest Pat Hoerth, an advocate for sustainable agriculture and a published author, will join the community in this conversation. Hoerth is the director of Turtle Rock Farm, a farm in Red Rock, Okla., dedicated to modeling sustainable practices in living and farming.

"Some people may feel overwhelmed or paralyzed by what appears to be happening in nature around us," Hoerth said. "They may have questions they are reluctant to raise or they may feel powerless to act. We believe they will find this program to be enlightening.

"All that is required is that people come with an open mind and an open heart, ready to talk about what to do to care for the planet," she added. "There is no charge, no political agenda, only an opportunity to participate in a dialogue that is so critical at this time in human history."

For more information on the community event, contact Dr. Bellows at 940-668-7731 Ext. 4346 or Dr. Ledbetter at Ext. 4235.