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Earth Day recognition focuses on population, environment,  and empowering women
Earth Day recognition focuses on population, environment, and empowering women

In recognition of Earth Day, Lenoir-Rhyne University will welcome guest speaker John Seager, President and CEO of Population Connection on Tuesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. in Belk Centrum. Seager will also speak the following day - Wednesday, April 19 - at LR's Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, which is located at 36 Montford Ave. in Asheville. His presentation in Asheville will begin at 6 p.m. in the 2ndfloor boardroom, followed by a reception from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

"Empowering Women and Population: What's the Connection?" is the title of Seager's presentation which addresses global population growth, its causes and impacts, and how we can meet those challenges. He will also discuss the empowerment and rights of women in relation to the escalating population and impact on the environment.

Population Connection is the preeminent grassroots group for population education and advocacy with 300,000 members and supporters. Founded in 1968 as Zero Population Growth, the organization focuses on achieving global population stabilization through universal awareness and access to voluntary family planning together with the full empowerment of women.

Before joining Population Connection, Seager worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He also served as Chief of Staff for former U.S. Representative Peter H. Kostmayer (D-PA) and senior member of the House Foreign Affairs and Interior committees. A veteran of more than 50 political campaigns, Seager has published op-eds and articles on population growth for a number of news outlets including the Huffington Post, GlobalPost, and RH Reality Check. He frequently speaks at conferences, colleges, and universities about population, the environment, and women's empowerment. Seager is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut where he received his B.A. in Political Science.

Seager's presentation is scheduled in recognition of the 2017 Earth Day Campaign for environmental and climate literacy. The focus of the campaign is education and building a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change. Events scheduled worldwide strive to empower individuals with the knowledge to inspire action in defense of environmental protection.

To learn more visit lr.edu/publicevents or contact Dr. John Brzorad, Co-Director of the Reese Institute, Associate Professor of Biology at john.brzorad@lr.edu. The Reese Institute for the Conservation of Natural Resources at Lenoir-Rhyne strives to educate and empower students to serve as change agents for the protection of our planet and sustainable resources.