October 31, 2001

Contact: Sarah Ray
Posted: October 31, 2001

MIDDLEBURY, VT - The National Wildlife Federation and the Center for Environment and Population (CEP) will hold a town hall meeting titled "Population and the Environment" Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Middlebury College Kirk Center on South Main Street (Route 30). Experts?including environmentalist, author and Middlebury College Visiting Scholar in Environmental Studies Bill McKibben?will give presentations on the issues, and there will be an open discussion followed by a reception. The town hall meeting is free and open to the public.

The following experts will participate in the event:

  • Paul Micou, vice chairman of the United States Committee for the United Nations Population Fund, will present the 2001 United Nations Population Fund State of the World Population Report titled "Footprints and Milestones: Population and Environmental Change."
  • Bill McKibben, environmentalist and author of "The End of Nature," will offer his perspective on the issues, and present the American Association for the Advancement of Science's (AAAS) report, "AAAS Atlas of Population and Environment."
  • Nan Jenks-Jay, director of environmental affairs and planning at Middlebury College, will serve as moderator during the discussion.

"We're excited that the two important publications that will be released at this event are expected to shape national and international dialogue on the relationship between human population and the environment," said Jenks-Jay.

Following the presentations, members of the public are invited to participate in a discussion about the impact of population on the environment in their communities, and to share ideas on ways to achieve positive change at the local, national and global levels.

A limited supply of complimentary copies of the United Nations report and the AAAS Atlas will be available. A reception will follow the meeting.

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For more information, contact Julie Starr of the National Wildlife Federation at or 802-229-0650, or
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