Earth Day Colloquium a success
Molloy College and CERCOM hosted a colloquium on environmental issues and practices for Earth Day on Friday, April 22, 2016. Opening remarks by Dr. Valerie Collins, VPAA, set the stage for a day in which over 50 participants, many students, learned about the importance of developing and maintaining conservation ethics.
Dr. John T. Tanacredi, professor of Earth and Environmental Science, and Executive Director of CERCOM, (Center for Environmental Research and Coastal Oceans Monitoring), began morning session with a reading from his book, "Ocean Pulse", which provided a perspective on how to better appreciate the importance of our oceans from the standpoint of food, biodiversity, medicines and the general cycling of all essential elements that sustain life on the planet. He introduced Dr. Mark Botton, Fordham University professor and Co-chair of the SSG (Scientific Specialists Group) for Horseshoe Crabs, of IUCN (The International Union for the Conservation of Nature). Dr. Botton discussed the global importance of horseshoe crabs and their survivability for 445 million years; their conservation importance providing eggs for millions of migrating birds each spring and summer along the Atlantic coast; and their blue bold providing chemical pharmacological (LAL), important to all human life as a bacterial contamination detector.
The afternoon session began with Dr. Tanacredi identifying a host of conservation issues affecting Long Island. The first speaker was Long Island environmental icon, Irving Like, Esq., who provided an inspirational introduction proposal asking the audience to consider adding global conservation efforts to designating Fire Island National Seashore a World Heritage Cultural/ National site, under UNESCO's World Heritage Program. He identified the hurdles and issues needed to overcome in attaining this significant global conservation effort; Molloy College and CERCOM are prominently involved in this effort.
Mr. Like's presentation was followed by Neal Lewis, Esq., Director of The Sustainability Institute of Molloy College who presented a look at the next stage in sustainability agriculture and those conservation efforts being explored at SI for LI's environmental benefit. Topics such as waste water, transportation, energy development and toxins in groundwater were discussed. Finally to close out the day, Dr. Tanacredi presented the "Top 10 Environmental Issues for Long Island" and an intriguing presentation on septic systems and mega projects ear-marked for the upcoming year, by New York State for Long Island. A good question and answer session followed.
The planning for Earth Day 2017 started as the close of this successful event. Be sure to visit www.molloy.edu/cercom for information on Earth Day 2017.