January Audubon Program

January Audubon Program

Adrian Parr on Birth of a New Earth

Date: Monday, January 15, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Audubon Society of Ohio

Contact: Harris Abramson, telephone 513-821-7581, email harrisabramson@gmail.com

Rising sea levels, increasing frequency and intensity of storms, prolonged drought, cities leveled by war, growing inequity and poverty, and mass species extinction – these are all features of life in the 21st century and they all concern environmental politics. Extending the arguments and ideas presented in The Wrath of Capital and Hijacking Sustainability, Adrian Parr asks: How do the politics of environmentalism work? Is it a revolutionary movement that opposes the current system? Or is it a reformist movement, changing the system by working within it? Parr argues it is both.

Birth Of A New Earth locates the emancipatory work of environmental politics with ******* solidarities and collective imagination. ******* solidarities not only bring together different political constituencies, they fuse opposing political strategies and paradigms by working from inside and outside the prevailing system of exploitation, suffering, and oppression. Adrian Parr is an environmental and cultural theorist. She is the Director of the Taft Research Center at the University of Cincinnati and a UNESCO water chair. She has published extensively on environmental politics. Parr has been interviewed on her views on environmental activism by The New York Times, public radio, and local news. Her most recent book Birth Of A New Earth
(Columbia University Press, 2018) has been described as “rare and and brilliant” (Henry Giroux), “prescient” and a “rigorous and critical analysis” of environmentalism (Ananya Roy), whilst Bill McKibben noted: “As Adrian Parr suggests in timely fashion, imagination may be the best weapon we have in the fight against environmental destruction, as useful as a new engine or a bigger windmill.”

Audubon programs are held on the third Monday of the month (not including January, July, August or December). We meet at 7:00 p.m. for light refreshments, with the program beginning at 7:30. We meet at the Winton Woods visitor center, located at 10245 Winton Road. To reach the visitor center from I-275, take the Winton Road exit, and go south. Just before the lake, turn right into the park. From the Ronald Reagan Highway, take the Winton Road North exit, and turn right into the park just after the lake.

Note that a Park District auto sticker is required – $3.00 daily or $10.00 annual for Hamilton County residents, or $5.00 daily or $14.00 annual for non-residents.