April 6, 2007
"... An Alabama native who was raised as a Southern Baptist, Wilson recently released a book entitled, The Creation, in which he challenges religious believers to join with secularists toward the common goal of saving creation..."
Samford's Vulcan Materials Center for Environmental Stewardship and Education will host a symposium April 21, as nationally renowned leaders in science, religion and the environment come together to discuss “saving life on earth.”
“The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth” includes one of the world’s most renowned biologists, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Harvard scholar and Alabama native E. O. Wilson; the Rev. Sally Bingham of the San Francisco-based Regeneration Project, and Craig Branch, executive director of the Birmingham-based Apologetics Resource Center.
The April 21 conference begins at 9 a.m. in the Leslie Wright Fine Arts Center on the Samford campus and is open to the public.
An Alabama native who was raised as a Southern Baptist, Wilson recently released a book entitled, The Creation, in which he challenges religious believers to join with secularists toward the common goal of saving creation. Bingham will discuss the religious call for environmental stewardship, and Branch will give an evangelical perspective of environmental responsibility.
The one-day conference is the Vulcan Materials Center’s spring 2007 edition of the Alabama Environmental Education Consortium (ALEEC). Conference speakers include:
The afternoon session on the “Art of Action” includes speakers on urban sprawl and health, climate challenge and personal choice, and sustainable landscaping.
Paul Blanchard, director of the Vulcan Materials Center for Environmental Stewardship and Education, said “this conference is unprecedented as far as we know at Samford in terms of both the divergent collection of views on the environment presented, and the sheer scale of what we hope is a record attendance by the concerned public. We already have several hundred people interested in coming from all sides of the environmental debate.”
The Vulcan Materials Center for Environmental Education and Stewardship was established jointly with Samford University in 2003 through major gifts from the Birmingham-based Vulcan Materials Company. Through the ALEEC program, the Center hosts a fall and spring conference each year on current environmental issues, incorporating interdisciplinary talent throughout Alabama.
Blanchard said, “The ALEEC program is set up expressly for multilateral cooperation among a wide selection of universities and the community for just this purpose – to have public exposure to the latest research and thought on these issues.”
For more information about the conference, follow the link below or call (205) 726-4246.