Mulkey to present at Delhi Sustainable Development Summit

Unity College president will talk new knowledge economy
Jan 21, 2013
Unity College President Stephen Mulkey

Unity — In January, Unity College President Stephen Mulkey will serve as a presenter at the thirteenth Delhi Sustainable Development Summit. The summit will address the global challenge of resource-efficient, low carbon development and will take place from Jan. 31 through Feb. 2, 2013, at the Hotel Taj Palace in New Delhi, India. The event will explore the diverse dimensions of promoting resource-efficient development, and attempt to strengthen the global momentum for green growth as raised at the Rio+20 Conference.

Mulkey’s presentation will appear on day three of the conference, Feb. 2, when he will serve on a panel considering sustainable development and a new knowledge economy.  Mulkey and his fellow panelists will consider how the world may create knowledge and innovation to ensure efficient use of resources and develop a pattern of sustainable development for the global society as a whole.

Mulkey recently announced that Unity College, an environmental college with a focus on sustainability science, divested from investments in fossil fuels. It was the first college in the United States to take the unprecedented step, which took place upon a unanimous vote by its Board of Trustees. Mulkey’s message has been pointedly focused on calling out those within higher education who have remained silent about the developing global disaster of climate change, uncritically siding with conventional wisdom, and political dictates, while enjoying the largess of life on manicured college campuses.

A widely published researcher, scientist, and educator with an international reputation, Mulkey considers the mitigation of global climate change to be a non-negotiable ethical imperative that directly relates to the sustainability of the planet. He considers it the responsibility of every institution of higher learning to divest from investments in fossil fuels, and take up the struggle to ensure that scientific research and realities shape public policy at every level.

Mulkey has joined with others locked in the struggle for true solutions to climate change — like author and educator Bill McKibben, founder of the climate change organization 350.org — to build a vibrant coalition to encourage action at the highest levels. Mulkey has participated in rallies resisting actions like the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and offers public presentations on climate change.

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