Professor Douglas Zook delivered a featured multi-media presentation during International Education Week (IEW) about Global Ecology. IEW, held during November, is “a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education.” At BU, IEW was organized by the Boston University Study Abroad and Global Programs Offices.
The Global Ecology event was co-sponsored by Sustainability@BU and the Environmental Student Organization. Zook’s presentation, Rainforests to the Renaissance, featured images from the remote Yasuni/Tiputini tropical rainforest in the northwest Amazon. The images were taken by Dr. Zook as he lead researchers, students, and faculty groups through the region.
Zook’s presentation emphasized how “the vast but now threatened rainforest is critically important for the global water supply as well as a crucial depository for atmospheric carbon.” He was joined in his presentation by Lisa Marie Tornatore, Boston University’s Sustainability Outreach Coordinator. Tornatore reviewed many of the University community’s accomplishments in fostering sustainability and outlined additional ways the University community can continue to reduce our negative impact on earth systems.
The evening concluded with photos and music from Professor Zook’s “Earth Gazes Back” reflection photo series.