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Founder of Environmental Health News to Visit GMC

POULTNEY, VT (Feb. 20, 2008) – Dr. John Peterson (Pete) Myers, co-author of “Our Stolen Future” and founder of Environmental Health News, will speak at Green Mountain College on Monday, February 25.

His talk is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the East Room of Withey Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Dr. Myers will offer insights on environmental health and his perspective on civic engagement to this semester's students in "A Delicate Balance," the junior/senior level capstone for the college's Environmental Liberal Arts core curriculum.

"Delicate Balance" students are focusing on patriotism and civic engagement as they prepare capstone projects that connect research to action. As part of this process, students are studying how Rachel Carson, the scientist and writer who first brought widespread attention to the environmental health impacts of pesticide use, both created change and was the subject of backlash.

Dr. Myers has written about the importance of Carson’s work and will discuss his current efforts as founder and publisher of Environmental Health News, a web publication that features science journalism on issues raised by Carson and revisited in "Our Stolen Future.” This book identified endocrine disrupters as a key pollutant with impacts comparable to the pesticides Carson studied.

Dr. Myers is founder, CEO and Chief Scientist at Environmental Health Sciences, publisher of EnvironmentalHealthNews.org. From 1990 to 2002 he was director of the W. Alton Jones Foundation, a private foundation supporting efforts to protect the global environment and to prevent nuclear war. He received his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley, and lives near Charlottesville, Virginia.

For more information, contact the Green Mountain College Office of Communications at 802-287-8311.



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