2009
Club 350 organizing events to urge global cooperation on CO2 emissions

Club 350 organizing events to urge global cooperation on CO2 emissions
October 12, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

The number 350 is the parts per million that scientists have identified as the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere. 350.org is an international campaign dedicated to creating a global climate treaty that lowers carbon dioxide levels below 350 parts per million. Club 350 is a student environmental organization at Benedictine University that is organizing a number of activities on Saturday, October 24 to show its support of 350.org. These activities are designed to dramatize the need to hold leaders accountable to the latest climate science and convince them to act to meet the scale of the crisis. The main activity scheduled for the day is a human “350” that will be staged on the turf of the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex football field after the game between Benedictine and Lakeland College. A photo of the human “350” will be posted to the 350.org Web site to dramatize the community support for the initiative. “This year, we’ve seen a huge upsurge in student interest in environmental issues,” said Jean-Marie Kauth, Ph.D., assistant professor in Benedictine’s Humanities program and director of “Years for the Environment,” a three-year environmental initiative at the University. “Our students realize that they must use their voices to prompt political action on climate change now because action will come too late by the time they are running things,” Kauth added. Other environmentally-friendly activities are being organized at Benedictine around the theme, “Green Halloween,” including a clean-up of Lake St. Benedictine from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 25 by Club 350 and members of the Benedictine University Student Senate. Benedictine University, which embraces the values of St. Benedict including stewardship of the earth, established “Years for the Environment” last fall as part of an effort to move the campus from education and conversation into action. The three-year effort incorporates curriculum, speakers, events and community outreach. In addition, an array of environmentally-themed courses are offered each semester and many existing courses – particularly those in biology, humanities, religious studies and anthropology – have incorporated environmental topics into their curriculum. For more information about “Years for the Environment” or Club 350 at Benedictine University, contact Kauth at (630) 829-6272 or by e-mail at jkauth@ben.edu.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.