In the face of global climate crisis, can we preserve the culture of the past and still promote a creative, civilized and livable future?
CHABA, the Center for Historic American Building Arts in Bridgeton, NJ, home of the state’s largest historic district, makes this theme central to a weekend conference October 11-12, 2014, as we host Bridgeton native-son Lester R. Brown, MacArthur Genius and Worldwatch and Earth Policy Institutes founder, as keynote speaker on “Culture and Climate Change: Bringing Sustainability Home.”
Brown, who has called his own future vision “A Plan to Save Civilization,” will engage in a public conversation with regional and national experts on the global forces that put culture and agriculture equally at risk. One of the world’s foremost thinkers on climate, food, and ecological survival, Brown recently capped his 50+ book career with a new autobiography: “Breaking New Ground,” that tells of growing up in South Jersey’s Stow Creek, first son of a Depression-era farming family. Postwar summers out of Bridgeton High School, he and his brother Carl became champion farmers, producing a million-and-a-half pounds of tomatoes in a single summer. A Rutgers University degree, a trip to India and appointment to the US Department of Agriculture under Orville Freeman soon inspired a career of thinking ahead to the entwined challenges of rising global population, climate change and world food supply.
The Fall Bridgeton weekend will feature the arts and sciences of green preservation, urban agriculture and aquaculture, and adaptive reuse of existing structures and infrastructures. Other organizations cosponsoring the event include Rutgers University, the American Littoral Society, CATA (an agricultural workers group) and the Cumberland County Cultural and Heritage Commission.
CHABA, Bridgeton’s newest preservation and community development non-profit, brings community activists, artists and professionals together to model preservation as an engine of sustainable housing improvement, jobs creation, quality of life and economic reinvestment in the largest historic district in the state. See www.historicbuildingarts.org
Flavia Alaya 856-221-3276
Below: Cover Photo: Lester R. Brown, Breaking New Ground (NY: W. W. Norton & Co.) 2013
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