Writer and Activist to Speak at WSU of Citizen Engagement

OGDEN, Utah – Environmental and political activist Chip Ward will present “Please, No More Environmentalists: Embodiment as a Path to Ecological Citizenship” as part of Weber State University’s yearlong dialogue about air quality. The public is invited to the presentation Nov. 5 at noon in the Wildcat Theater.

Ward advocates the importance of citizen engagement with environmental issues, especially those that directly affect our health and our lives. In this lecture, he will discuss the need for citizen and community engagement when it comes to air quality.

“Breathing bad air shows us how we are flesh and blood stakeholders in an ecological commons,” Ward said. “So-called environmental campaigns are really about whether citizens are empowered to choose health for themselves and their loved ones over wealth for the few.”

The lecture is a part of the Engaged Learning Series, which supports university-wide exploration and action on far-reaching community issues. This year’s theme is “On Air.” The series is housed in the Center for Community Engaged Learning. The lecture is co-sponsored by WSU’s Environmental Issues Committee.

 “We are so pleased to be able to have Chip Ward speak on campus,” said Alice Mulder, chair of Weber State’s Environmental Issues Committee. “His work illustrates how positive change can be accomplished when people become informed and engaged in their own communities.”

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Sarah Steimel, engaged learning series coordinator, Center for Community Engaged Learning
801-626-6535 • sarahsteimel@weber.edu

Alice Mulder, chair, Weber State’s Environmental Issues Committee
801-626-6198 • amulder@weber.edu
Melanie Ott, University Communications
801-626-7925 • melanieott@weber.edu