A Really Hopeful Sign

I went to a panel discussion on sustainability yesterday where it was announced that David R. Atkinson (Cornell Class of 1960) and his wife, Patricia Atkinson, would be giving Cornell $80 million to support sustainability research.  Listening to the panel discussion and hearing Cornell’s President Skorton speak about sustainability as the defining issue of our generation was really moving to me. And the huge commitment to sustainability expressed by the Atkinsons’ gift made me tremendously hopeful that humanity just might be able to finally move itself in the right direction – toward living within our environmental means.  I had to fight back tears of hopeful joy…  For more details on this see: The Cornell Chronicle Article.

To see what the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future is currently pursuing, check out their HOMEPAGE and BLOG


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About Bruce Monger

Bruce Monger is the principal blog author and blog administrator. He is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University. Part of his responsibilities involves teaching an oceanography class that introduces students to the beauty of the ocean and to current threats faced by the ocean. An important element of the course is to explain how to change things for the better with actions that include, among other things, making eco-friendly food choices and making your opinion about ocean conservation heard by congress.